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West Ditchburn


West Ditchburn is a farmstead in Northumberland, located about 6 miles north-west of Alnwick and 2 miles north-east of the village of Eglingham.  West Ditchburn is the site of a deserted medieval village, first documented in the 13th century, but there are no longer any visible remains.[1] East Ditchurn is located just over half a mile to the north-east. East and West Ditchburn formed a township in the ancient parish of Eglingham. They now form part of the Civil Parish of Eglingham.

DITCHBURN, EAST and WEST, a township, in the parish of Eglingham, union of Alnwick, N. division of Coquetdale ward and of Northumberland; containing 60 inhabitants; the former village 8½ miles (N.N.W.) and the latter 8 (N.W. by N.) from Alnwick. The township comprises 1,520 acres, of which 47 are common or waste; the soil is of a light quality, and coal and stone are obtained. East Ditchburn is situated to the west of the road between Belford and Alnwick, in the western part of the parish, and near the Eglingham burn, which afterwards falls into the river Aln; West Ditchburn is close to the western boundary of the parish, which also divides the ward of Bambrough from that of Coquetdale. There was formerly a fortified tower in the township, with a place of safety for cattle in times of intestine wars. The estate belonged to Admiral Lord Collingwood. The tithes have been commuted for £85 payable to the impropriator, and £10. 12. to the vicar. A strong petrifying water here, acts as a diarrhœtic.

Extract from: A Topographical Dictionary of England comprising the several counties, cities, boroughs, corporate and market towns, parishes, and townships..... 7th Edition, by Samuel Lewis, London, 1848.
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Entrance to West Ditchburn

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West Ditchburn Farm near South Charlton

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Bridleway through West Ditchburn steading

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Cattle in sheds

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Footbridge over the Red Burn

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Bridge over Coal Burn

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West Ditchburn medieval village
- "This is the site of a deserted medieval village. Old documents record a settlement here as long ago as the 13th century when there was an East and West Ditchburn ...

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East Ditchburn
- Overview Map Street View East Ditchburn is a farmstead in Northumberland, located about 6 miles north-west of Alnwick and 2½ miles north-east of the village of Eglingham. It is situated near ...

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