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Longhorsley Civil Parish

Parish boundaries may have changed - for the latest map see the Parish Council or Northumberland County Council.

About the Parish

Settlements: Longhorsley and several hamlets and farms, Linden Hall.

798  (2011 Census)

887  (2001 Census)

Area: 25.1 km2
Parish Council: Longhorsley Parish Council
Unitary Authority: Northumberland County Council


Ancient Townships

(in modern CP area)

Bigge's Quarter (aka Linden Quater)

Freeholders Quarter

Riddell's Quarter

Ancient Parish:

Long Horsley (St Helens)

The parish covered a wider geographical area compared to the modern civil parish. It included the townships of:

In addition, there was the extra parochial tract of Horsley Moor.

Ancient parishes refer to the parishes before the split between ecclesiastical (church) and civil parishes in the 19th century. They had a parish church and often were composed of multiple townships and chapelries. In many cases, townships and parishes were originally based on the territory of manors from the feudal system during medieval times. Civil parishes were created following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1866, in which Church of England parishes, extra-parochial areas, townships and chapelries, became "civil parishes" which could set their own poor rate (tax). Then the reforms of Local Government Act 1894 established elected civil parish councils (or parish meetings for parishes with less than 300 residents) and created urban and rural districts. Boundaries of parishes and civil parishes may have changed over time.

Ancient District:

Morpeth (ward)

Poor Law Union:

Rothbury Poor Law Union, formed in 1836. 

Rothbury Poor Law Union used the existing workhouse at Town Foot at the east of Rothbury. A new workhouse at Silverton Lane in Morpeth opened in 1901, which could house up to 50 inmates.

Under the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 parishes were grouped into Unions, each of which had to build a workhouse if they did not already have one. It ended the old system of locally provided poor relief which had come under strain as numbers out of work grew, following increasing mechanisation of agriculture and the economic downturn after the Napoleonic Wars, along with changing social attitudes. The workhouse provided those unable to support themselves financially with accommodation and work. Inmates were generally segregated into men, women, boys and girls. 

The workhouse system was abolished by the Local Government Act 1929, but many workhouses lived on as ‘Public Assistance Institutions’ until the National Assistance Act 1948.

District Council:

Morpeth Rural District, formed in 1894. The district was abolished in 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972.

Castle Morpeth District from 1974 to 2009. Castle Morpeth District was created by the merger of the Borough of Morpeth and Morpeth Rural District, along with part of Castle Ward Rural District.

The district council was abolished when Northumberland became a unitary authority on the 1st of April 2009.

Major Boundary Changes

1955 - The modern Longhorslety CP was created by the abolition of Bigge's Quarter, Freeholders Quarter and Riddell's Quarter.

Note: at this time the name changed from Long Horsley to Longhorsley.

County / Unitary Authority

The ancient county of Northumberland was enlarged following the Counties (Detached Parts) Act 1844; Bedlingtonshire, Norhamshire, Islandshire, the Farne Islands and Monks' House all became part of Northumberland. Up to then they had been enclaves of County Durham.

Northumberland County Council formed 1889.

Major boundary changes came into effect on the 1st April 1974. This followed the Local Government Act 1972, which formed the non-metropolitan county of Northumberland. This excluded the City of Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside, which up to then had been part of Northumberland, but now became part of the newly formed Tyne & Wear.

Northumberland County Council became a unitary authority on the 1st of April 2009.

See also:  Historic Buildings and Monuments in Longhorsley Civil Parish. Note: listed buildings are generally the responsibility of the county council / unitary authority, rather than the parish council.

Civil Parishes in Northumberland Linden Hall Hotel Longhorsley Historic Buildings and Monuments in Longhorsley Civil Parish Longhorsley Parish, 1848 Longhorsley Parish, 1855 Old Milepost on A697, near Linden Hall Todburn Township (Longhorsley Parish), 1848
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Longhorsley Parish Council
- "....Longhorsley is a rural village in Northumberland about 7 miles northwest of Morpeth and about 14 miles south of Alnwick. The A697 road passes through the village linking it with …

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Simon Cotterill
  Co-Curate Page
- Overview About Longhorsley Map Street View Longhorsley is a village in Northumberland located about 7 miles north west of Morpeth. The village has a long history; it's ruined Norman Church is …
Linden Hall Hotel
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Linden Hall Hotel
- Overview About Map Linden Hall is located just over a mile to the north east of the village of Longhorsley in Northumberland. It was built as country house for Newcastle merchant …


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