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Hartley, Northumberland

Historical Description

Hartley, a village and a township in Delaval parish, Northumberland. The village stands on the sea-coast, near the mouth of the Seaton Burn. The township also includes the village of Seaton Sluice, where a branch post office is situated, under Whitley. Acreage of the township, 1573; population, 1112. Hartley colliery was the scene of a disastrous accident in Jan. 1862, when, by the breakage and fall of the beam. of the pumping engine over its only shaft, five men were instantaneously killed, and 215 men and boys were buried alive. A tidal harbour, formerly used in connection with the bottle works, but now entirely disused, is at Seaton Sluice. Remains of an ancient hermitage are on St Mary's Island. There are a mission church and a Free Methodist chapel.

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 parishEarsdon 
Poor Law unionTynemouth 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hartley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hartley are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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