Brinkburn  Northumberland


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

BRINKBURN, a parochial chapelry, consisting of the townships of B. South-side, B. Highward, and B. Lowward, in Rothbury district, Northumberland; on the river Coquet, 4½ miles SE by E of Rothbury, and 7 WSW of Acklington r. station. Post Town, Long Framlington, under Morpeth. Acres, 3,378. ...

Real property, £2,154, of which £500 are in iron-works. Pop., 220. Houses, 43. The manor belonged to a priory of Black canons, founded here, in the time of Henry I., by W. de Bertram, Lord of Mitford; was given, at the dissolution of monasteries, to the Earl of Warwick; and passed to the Cadogans. Ruins of the priory, including most of the walls of the church, still exist. The church is transitional-Norman; cruciform, with low square tower; narrow, plain, and gloomy; an interesting relic of the age in which it was built. A branch of Watling-street intersected the chapelry; and traces of a Roman station and bridge can still be seen. Some persons suppose Brinkburn to be the Brunanburch where Athelstane, in 938, defeated the Danes. Coal and lime abound.

Brinkburn through time

Brinkburn is now part of Alnwick district. Click here for graphs and data of how Alnwick has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Brinkburn itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Brinkburn, in Alnwick and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th October 2021

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