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Cresswell, Northumberland

Historical Description

Cresswell, a village, a township, and ecclesiastical parish in Woodhorn parish, Northumberland. The township lies on the coast, 3½ miles ESE of Widdrington railway station, and 9 NE of Morpeth. Post town, Ellington, under Morpeth. Acreage, 1098; population of the township, 201; of the ecclesiastical parish, 385. The ecclesiastical parish is more extensive than the township, and comprises the township of Ellington, and was constituted in 1836. Cresswell Hall, built in 1825 after designs by Shaw, is the seat of the Baker-Cresswell family, who are chief landowners. A very ancient peel tower here, 21½ feet by 16, consists of strong rude masonry, and is supposed to date from the time of King John. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; value, £169. The church is in the Early English style.

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 unionMorpeth 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE61
Post TownMorpeth