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Byrness, Northumberland

Historical Description

Byrness, formerly a chapelry in Elsdon parish, but made a separate parish in 1883, Northumberland, on the river Reed, among the Cheviots, 10 miles NW of Otterburn, and 13 from Bellingham station on the N.E.R. The name is supposed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon, meaning " burial of ashes." Post town, Otterburn (R.S.O.), under Newcastle-on-Tyne. Population, 173. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Newcastle; gross value, £120 with residence. The church was built in 1786 and restored in 1884.

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 parishElsdon 
Poor Law unionRothbury 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE19
Post TownNewcastle Upon Tyne