Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for BAMBROUGH, or Bamborough

BAMBROUGH, or Bamborough, a village, a township, a parish, and a ward, in Northumberland. The village stands on the coast, 2 miles NE of Lucker r. sta tion, and 5 E by N of Belford; and has a post office under Belford. It was a seat of the kings of Northumbria; bore originally the name of Baebbanburg or Bebbanburg, signifying Queen Bebba's town; was afterwards a market town and a royal burgh, sending two members to parliament; gave name to an extensive district around it, called Bambroughshire; and had churches of St. Oswald and St. Aidan, a cell of Augustinian canons, a house of Blackfriars, a college, and an hospital. It now possesses none of its ancient characters; but has become a retired, pleasant, favourite summer resort for sea-bathing.-The township includes also a place called Fowberry. Acres, 1,242. Pop., 403. Houses, 84.—The parish contains likewise the townships of Bambrough-Castle, Budle, Glororum, Burton, Hoppen, Elford, Shorstone or Shoston, North Sunderland, Beadnell, Tughall, Swinhoe, Fleetham, Newham, Lucker, Adderstone, Bradford, Spindlestone, Outchester, Mouson or Mowson, Warenton, Warenford, Ratchwood, and Newstead; and is in the district of Belford. Acres, 26,234; of which 1,134 are water. Real property, £35,320. Pop., 4,105. Houses, 814. The surface exhibits diversity of feature; and is rich in at once geognostic, antiquarian, and modern in terest. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value, £300.* Patrons, the Trustees of Bishop Lord Crewe. The church is early English and cruciform, with a western tower; and has an unusually long chancel, with good modern stall-work, three sedilia, an ambrey, and the effigies of a knight. The chapelries of Beadnell, Lucker, and North Sunderland are separate charges. The ward is about 17 miles long and about 8 miles broad; contains seven parishes; and consists of two divisions. North and South. Acres of North B., 33,421; of South B., 35,842. Pop. of both, 11,244. Houses, 2,222.

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

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village, a town ship, a parish, and a ward"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Bamburgh CP/AP       Northumberland AncC
Place: Bamburgh

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