Coquet Island, Northumberland
Coquet Island, an island in Northumberland, about a mile E by S of the mouth of the Coquet river, and 5 miles SE by S of Alnmouth. It has an area of about 16 acres, is about a mile in circuit, and has good pasture, and was formerly overrun by swarms of rabbits. It was a resort of the Culdees in the times of the Northumbrian kings; it had afterwards a Benedictine monastery, subordinate to Tynemouth priory, and it was fortified against the Scots, and taken by them in the time of Charles I. A lighthouse, 80 feet high, erected in 1841, is on its south-west side, and the passage between it and the mainland is full of reefs, which have frequently been the scene of terrible shipwrecks.
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.
Online maps of Coquet Island are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers related to Northumberland online: