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North Sunderland, Northumberland

Historical Description

Sunderland, North, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Bamburgh parish, Northumberland. The village stands on the coast, 4 miles ENE of Chathill railway station, and 8½ ESE of Belford. It is a small seaport and a seat of fisheries, and has a post and money order office under Chathill (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Seahouses. The township contains the village of Seahouses, and comprises 1164 acres of land and 135 of water; population, 828. There is a parish council which consists of seven members. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1843, and comprises the townships of North Sunderland, Elford, and Fleetham. Population, 945. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle-on-Tyne; net value, £275 with residence. Patrons, the trustees of Bishop Lord Crewe. The church was built in 1833, is in the Norman style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisle, and a belfry. There are an English Presbyterian chapel, a cemetery formed in 1886, and a police station. At Seahouses are a harbour opened in 1889, a Primitive Methodist chapel erected in 1875, and a station of the National Lifeboat Institution.

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 parishBambrough 
Poor Law unionBelford 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE68
Post TownSeahouses