Bingfield

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Bingfield
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Bingfield
Bingfield is located in Northumberland
Bingfield
Bingfield
 Bingfield shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NY975725
Unitary authority Northumberland
Ceremonial county Northumberland
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE (parts) and HEXHAM (parts)
Postcode district NE19 and NE46
Dialling code 01434
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Hexham
List of places
UK
England
Northumberland

Coordinates: 55°02′49″N 2°02′28″W / 55.047°N 2.041°W / 55.047; -2.041

Bingfield is a village in Northumberland, in England. It is situated to the north of Corbridge, off the A68 road and includes some properties siutated on the A68 (Dere Street).


Governance[edit]

Bingfield is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.


Modern history of Bingfield[edit]

Bingfield likely developed from a farming community in the early 19th century, since most of the buildings date to that era. There were probably four farms: the present farm at the bottom of the road (now owned by the Whites and Sistersons); the Scott's farm, located about half a mile from Bingfield Combe Cottage, which consists of a massive farmhouse and several barn houses, now converted into homes. There is a smaller farm fifty yards opposite from the original farmhouse at the bottom of the hill, which was owned by the Scotts and Bingfield east quarter. There was also a school in Bingfield, and a church which dates to the late 18th/early 19th century. As there is no church in Hallington (the next village along) their population would also have used this church and school. It is not clear when the school closed, but area octogenarians Nicholas White and Keith Scott attended the school.

Bingfield remained largely unchanged from the mid 19th century until after the Second World War. The change began with mechanisation. In the 1960s many farmers in England fell on hard times. It was then that the Whites, who owned the smaller farm at the bottom of Bingham hill sold of half their farm to Cuthbert Sisterson. The Suddes (a local family run farm around two miles (3 km) away) had to sell their farm house, but the son (Michael) has managed to buy it back in recent times. Since the 1970s there was a period of farmers selling off redundant farm buildings to be converted into houses.

Going further back in time, Bingfield was an ancient settlement. There are the remains of an ancient medieval village in the field in front of the church, uncovered during an oil excavation.

History of Bingfield Combe Cottage and two neighbouring houses[edit]

Bingfield Combe Cottage was originally built as a cart shed for Bingfield farm (which is the farm where about one mile (1.6 km) away, at the bottom of the hill). The cottage was built to store carts and farm machinery such as plows. There are now two separately owned farms separated by about 50 yards; however, this holding used to be a single large farm (approximately 1000 acres). As far as is known the cottage was constructed in about 1830. The stone was probably sourced from the quarry along the ridge, although there are reports that claim that actual stones were stolen from Hadrian's Wall, which runs less than three miles (5 km) away from Bingfield. The farm at the bottom of Bingfeld hill has most recently been owned by the Whites, and until recently the farm 500 yards from this, was owned by the Sistersons. There were three buildings up here. As well as our house the other two buildings were used to support the farm. The next door house, then a barn was for stabling horses/cattle and the house behind ours was the gin gan; this was a massive room for grinding corn. A horse was hooked up to a gear system which operated grinding stones powered by the horse walking round the room. It can be deduced that these buildings were built up here (remote from the farm ) to save the farmer from having to transport equipment up and down the hill in days before mechanization (tractors). Bingfield farmhouse was the building that would have been built originally and our house, then a barn would have been built in the years after that.

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Media related to Bingfield at Wikimedia Commons