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Horncliffe, Northumberland

Historical Description

Horncliffe, a village and a township in Norham parish, Northumberland. The village stands on the river Tweed, at the boundary with Scotland, adjacent to Union Bridge and the N.E.R., 5 miles SW of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and 1½ mile from Velvet Hall station on the N.E.R. It has a post and money order office under Norham (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Norham. Acreage of township, 602; population, 307. Union Bridge was constructed in 1820 at a cost of about £5500 after designs by Sir Samuel Brown, R.N., is a suspension bridge for carriages-the first of its kind ever constructed- lias the carriage-way 27 feet above the surface of the stream, and measures 368 feet in length and 18 in width. The higher grounds command a fine view of the Tweed and the Merse. There is a Presbyterian church.

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 parishNorham 
Poor Law unionBerwick-upon-Tweed 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Horncliffe 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 districtTD15
Post TownBerwick-Upon-Tweed