In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Birtley like this:
BIRTLEY, or Birkley, a parochial chapelry in Bellingham district, Northumberland; on the North Tyne river and on the Border Counties railway, near Wark station, 5 miles SE of Bellingham. It was disjoined in 1765 from the parish of Chollerton; it includes the township of Broomhope and Buteland; and its Post Town is Wark, under Hexham. ...
Acres, 6,720. Rated property, £3,428. Pop., 404. Houses, 80. The property is divided among six. Coal and other useful minerals occur. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value, £122. Patron, the Duke of Northumberland. The church is not good.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Birtley, in Tynedale and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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