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Newbiggin (Woodhorn), Northumberland

Historical Description

Newbiggin, a village and a township-chapelry in Woodhorn parish, Northumberland. The village stands on the coast, 1¼ mile N of the mouth of the Wansbeck river, and 8 miles E by N of Morpeth; is a fishing station and a watering-place, is generally called Newbiggin-by-the Sea, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office, of that name, under Morpeth and a station on the N.E.R. There are comfortable inns, a public library, an institute, coastguard and lifeboat stations, and a roadstead with tolerably secure anchorage for small vessels. The township has an area of 339 acres; population, 1579. The population has increased in consequence of the extension of fisheries and from improved accommodation for summer visitors. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. A beautiful small bay adjoins the village, and has firm, smooth, safe sands. Several collieries are in the neighbourhood. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Woodhorn, in the diocese of Newcastle. The church was rebuilt in 1846 and restored in 1888, has a low spire, stands picturesquely on a point projecting into the sea on the N side of the bay, and serves as a landmark to mariners. There are Presbyterian and Wesleyan chapels. The institute was founded in 1891, and comprises reading, smoking, and billiard rooms.

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 parishWoodhorn 
Poor Law unionMorpeth 

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Land and Property

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