Newbiggin by the Sea  Northumberland


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Newbiggin By the Sea like this:

NEWBIGGIN, a village and a township-chapelry in Woodhorn parish, Northumberland. The village stands on the coast, near North Seaton r. station, 1½ mile N of the mouth of the Wansbeck river, and 7¼ E by N of Morpeth; is a fishing-station and a watering place; is sometimes called Newbiggin-by-the-Sea; and has a post-office, ‡ of that name, under Morpeth, a good inn, a coast-guard station, a life-boat station, and -a roadsteadwith tolerably secure anchorage for small vessels. ...

The chapelry comprises 400 acres. Real property, £1, 586. Pop. in 1851, 717; in 1861, 948. Houses, 184. The increase of pop. arose from extension of fisheries and fromincreased accommodation for summer visitors. A beautiful small bay adjoins the village, and has firm, smooth, safe sands. Several collieries are in the neighbourhood. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Woodhorn, in the diocese of Durham. The church was rebuilt in 1846; has a low spire; contained the effigies of a knight, discovered in 1867; 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 chapels for Presbyterians and Wesleyans, a parochial school, and a subscription library and reading-rooms.

Newbiggin by the Sea through time

Newbiggin By the Sea is now part of Wansbeck district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wansbeck has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Newbiggin By the Sea itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Newbiggin by the Sea, in Wansbeck and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th September 2021

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