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Chillingham, Northumberland

Historical Description

Chillingham, a village, a township, and a parish in Northumberland. The township lies on the river Till, 6 miles ESE of Wooler, and 3 from Ilderton station on the N.E.R. The area of the township of Chillingham is 1765 acres; population, 144. The parish includes also the townships of Hebburn or Hepburn and Newton, and the hamlet of Hepburn Bell. Post town, Alnwick; money order and telegraph office, Chatton. Total area, 5003 acres; population, 294. The Earl of Tankerville is lord of the manor and principal landowner. Chillingham Castle, the earl's seat, is a stately edifice of various dates, situated on a hill commanding extensive views, and contains portraits of Bacon, Burleigh, Buckingham, Charles I., and James II. The park is large and beautiful, is well stocked with deer, and contains a herd of wild white cattle, with brown muzzles, and horns white tipped with black. These cattle are strictly preserved, and are considered to be descendants of an ancient British species existing in Csesar's time. A circular British camp, called " Rhos Castle," is in the park, and the Hurlestone cross, erected in memory of Sir Ealph Percy, who fell here in a skirmish in 1463, is near the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; gross value, £384: with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Newcastle. The church is ancient, and contains an alabaster tomb of Sir Ralph Grey of Wcrke.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishChillingham St. Peter 
Poor Law unionGlendale 

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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 districtNE66
Post TownAlnwick