Ford  Northumberland


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

FORD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Glendale district, Northumberland. The village stands on the river Till, 6¼ miles ESE of Cornhill r. station, and 7½ NNW of Wooler; was once a market-town; consists of neat modern cottages, in one irregular street; commands a fine view along the valley of the Till; and has a post office under Coldstream. ...

The parish contains also the villages of Etal and Ford-Forge. Acres, 11, 464. Real property, £18, 270; of which £500 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 2, 322; in 1861, 2, 072. Houses, 407. The decrease of pop. was occasioned by the closing of a colliery, and the reducing of an extensive spade and shovel factory. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged anciently to the Fords; passed to the Herons, the Blakes, and the Delavals; and belongs now to the Marquis of Waterford. Ford Castle stands on the west side of the village; was built in 1287, by Sir William Heron, rebuilt in 1764, by Lord Delaval, and restored in 1863, by the Marchioness of Waterford; retains two towers of the original edifice; was a place of strength and a scene of conflict, in the Border warfare; and was taken by James IV. of Scotland before the battle of Flodden. Coal, slate, limestone, and freestone are found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £1, 380.* Patron, the Marquis of Waterford. The church is ancient; was restored in 1852; and contains the tomb of Lord Frederick Fitzclarence, who died in 1854. The p. curacy of Etal is a separate charge. There are three dissenting chapels, and a national school. -The sub-district contains also three other parishes and part of a fourth. Acres, 59, 774. Pop., 6, 833. Houses, 1, 321.

Ford through time

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

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ford, in Berwick upon Tweed and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 13th April 2024

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