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Coquet Island, Northumberland

Historical Description

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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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