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Cowpen, Northumberland

Historical Description

Cowpen, a village and a township in Horton parochial chapelry, Blyth parish, Northumberland, at the mouth of the river Blyth, 1 mile W by N of Blyth, and 1 from Bebside station on the N.E.R., with a post office, of the name of Cowpen, under Bebside (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Blyth. The township includes the villages of Cowpen, Cowpen Quay, Crofton, and Waterloo. Acreage, 1738; population, 12,982. The principal industries are shipbuilding, glass bottle making, and there are also extensive collieries and sawmills. Cowpen Hall is the seat; of the Sidney family. There is a Roman Catholic chapel, and a mission chapel connected with the parish church oi Horton.

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 
Civil parishHorton 
Poor Law unionTynemouth 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Cowpen from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE24
Post TownBlyth