Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for CORBRIDGE

CORBRIDGE, a small town, a township, and a parish in Hexham district, Northumberland. The town stands on Watling-street and the river Tyne, adjacent to the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, in the vicinity of the Roman Corstopitum, 2¾ miles S of the Roman wall, and 3¼ E of Hexham. It had a monastery in 771; was occupied by David I. in 1138; was burnt by the Scots in 1296 and 1311; sent members to parliament in the time of Edward I.; had, at one period, five churches; was long a market town; displays now an aspect of grey antiquity; and has a head post office, ‡ a railway station, a market cross, an old tower, once a jail, a seven-arched bridge, a parish church, three dissenting chapels, and charities £67. The church is old, of fortified structure, and in good condition. -The township includes the town, and comprises 4. 499 acres. Pop., 1, 340. Houses, 288. Corchester, about ½ a mile west of the town, is the Roman Corstopitum; and there Roman coins and altars, two Greek inscriptions, a silver-votive tablet of 148 oz., and remains of an ancient bridge have been found. -The parish contains also the townships of Dilston, Thorn-brough, Aydon, Aydon-Castle, Halton, Halton-Shields, Clarewood, Great Whittington, and Little Whittington. Acres, 13, 130. Real property, £10, 582. Pop., 2, 170. Houses, 444. The manor belonged to the Claverings and the Percys. Dilston was the seat of the Earls of Derwentwater. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Halton, in the diocese of Durham. Value, £482.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a small town, a township, and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Corbridge CP/AP       Hexham PLU/RegD       Northumberland AncC
Place: Corbridge

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