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Lesbury, Northumberland

Historical Description

Lesbury, a village, a township, and a parish in Northumberland. The village stands on the river Aine, half a mile N of Alnmouth railway station and 3½ miles E by S of Alnwick, and has a neat stone bridge over the Aine and a post and money order office (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Alnmouth. The township contains also the hamlets of Bilton, Hawkhill, and Wooden. Acreage, 4035 of land, besides 129 of water and foreshore; population, 943; of the ecclesiastical parish, 929. The parish includes also the township of Ainmouth, which was formed into a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1877. The manor belongs to the Duke of Northumberland. There are a large corn-mill and a timber-yard. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle-on-Tyne; gross value, £230 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Northumberland. The church is ancient, was restored in 1846, and has a tower. There is a Primrose League Club, opened in 1887, containing library, reading and billiard rooms, &c.

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 parishLesbury St. Mary 
Poor Law unionAlnwick 

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE66
Post TownAlnwick