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Felton, Northumberland

Historical Description

Felton, a village, a township, and a parish in Northumberland. The township lies on the river Coquet, 3½ miles SW of Acklington railway station, and 9 S ofAlnwick, and has a post, money order, i—nd telegraph office (R.S.O.) There is a three-arched bridge over the Coquet, and much picturesque scenery along that river's winding course. The area of the township is 1076 acres; population, 514; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1218. The parish contains also the townships of Elyhaugh, Swarland, Bockenfield, Eshott, Greens and Glantlees, Acton and Old Felton, and East and West Thir-ston-with-Shothaugh. Felton Park was built by the Widdringtons, and passed to the Riddells. The barons of Northumberland did homage at Old Felton in 1216 to Alexander of Scotland, and King John was so enraged at their conduct as to devastate the place. An obelisk to the memory of Lord Nelson, erected by Sir W. Davison, is at Swarland. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; gross value, £240 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good, and there are Presbyterian, Wesleyan, and Roman Catholic chapels.

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 parishFelton St. Michael 
Poor Law unionAlnwick 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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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 districtNE65
Post TownMorpeth