Spittal, a village and an ecclesiastical parish in Tweedmouth parish, Northumberland. The village stands on the coast, at the mouth of the river Tweed, opposite Berwick, 1 mile E of Tweedmouth railway station; took its name from an ancient hospital, was once a resort of smugglers and pirates, is now a watering-place with many good lodging-houses, an excellent bathing-beach, a mineral spring, and consists chiefly of one street about a mile long. It contains the gasworks for Tweedmouth and Berwick, carries on a large trade in catching, curing, and smoking herrings, and the manufacture of manures, also spade and shovel making. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Berwick, a coastguard station, a church, English Presbyterian and United Presbyterian churches, and a Christians' meetinghouse. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1873. Population, 1935. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Bishop. The church is in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, and aisle.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Spittal from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Spittle, or Spittal)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.
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- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
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- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
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