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Birtley, Northumberland

Historical Description

Birtley, a village and a parish in Northumberland, on the North Tyne river and on the North British railway, near Wark station, 5 miles SE of Bellingham. The parish includes the township of Broomhope with Buteland, and it has a post office under Wark (R.S.O.), which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 6980; population of the civil parish, 387; of the ecclesiastical, 474. Coal and other useful minerals occur. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; net value, £200. Patron, the Duke of Northumberland, who is also lord of the manor and chief landowner. The church is ancient, and was enlarged by the addition of a tower and spire in 1883, and restored in 1884. There is a literary institute.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorthumberland 
Poor Law unionBellingham 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE48
Post TownHexham