West Sleekburn is a village in Northumberland located on the south side of the River Wansbeck, opposite Ashington on the other side of the river. West Sleekburn is immediately east of Stakeford and about miles north-east of Bedlington.
SLECKBURN, WEST, a township, in the parish and division of Bedlington, union of Morpeth, county of Northumberland, 5¾ miles (E. by S.) from Morpeth; containing 225 inhabitants. This place is situated not far from the sea, the spring tides flowing up to it, and near the Sleek burn, which runs across the parish from Morpeth common to the river Blyth. A moiety of the manor was anciently held by William de Dunum, in capite, by fealty, and the payment of £4. 10. rent, besides suit at the three courts of Bedlington, and "grinding his corn at the bishop's mill, now known as Bebside mill, at a sixteenth mulcture." The township is at present in great part the property of the see of Durham. The tithes have been commuted for £16. 13. 6. payable to the vicar, and £177. 8. to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.