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Lilburn, East and West, Northumberland

Historical Description

Lilburn, East and West, two townships in Eglingham parish, Northumberland, on and near the river Till, near Ilderton station on the N.E.R., 4 and 2½ miles SE of Wooler. Acreage, 911 and 2003; population, 84 and 233. West Lilburn has a post office (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Wooler. Lilburn Tower is the seat of the Ceiling-woods, the chief landowners; stands conspicuously on a knoll in the middle of the valley; and is a Tudor mansion, by Dobson. Ruins of an old chapel, where the Collingwoods were baptized and buried, are in the grounds. The fragment of an ancient tower, which was the seat of the Lilburns in the 13th century, is on the hill above. Near here, in a high field, is a quaint pillar known as the Hurl Stone, the name being supposed to be a corruption of the Northumbrian pronunciation of Earl-i.e., Yearl.

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

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