Embleton, Northumberland

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Embleton Church 1.png
Embleton Church, late 19th century
Embleton is located in Northumberland
 Embleton shown within Northumberland
Population 699 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference NU231225
Unitary authority Northumberland
Ceremonial county Northumberland
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ALNWICK
Postcode district NE66
Dialling code 01665
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Berwick-upon-Tweed
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Coordinates: 55°29′46″N 1°38′06″W / 55.496°N 1.635°W / 55.496; -1.635

Embleton village in the English county of Northumberland is about half a mile from the bay that carries its name. The sandy beach is backed by dunes where a variety of flowers bloom: bluebells, cowslips, burnet roses and, to give it its common name, bloody cranesbill, amongst others. Dunstanburgh Castle stands at the southern end of Embleton Bay. Close by, to the south, is the fishing village of Craster.

Robert de Emeldon, Lord Treasurer of Ireland, was born in Embleton towards the close of the thirteenth century.

Embleton has a main street with one shop. There is a small green with the village pump on it, out of use now but at one time the source of the water supply. Embleton has an 18-hole golf course which opened in 1900 and was updated in 1922.


Close by the church is Embleton Tower, a pele tower which was, until 1974, the vicarage.

The village hall, the Creighton Memorial Hall, is said to be the largest in the county and is named after Mandell Creighton, who was vicar, 1875–1884, and later became Bishop of London.

One road is named after the Embleton-born W. T. Stead, a journalist and social campaigner who lost his life on the ill-fated Titanic.

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The Church of the Holy Trinity is large with several interesting features and is historically connected with Merton College, Oxford. Creighton, the vicar, had a poor opinion of the villagers:

"In many ways the moral standard of the village was very low, and it was a difficult place to improve. There was no resident squire, the chief employers of labour were on much the same level of cultivation as those they employed, and in some cases owned the public-houses and paid the wages there."[2]

Writing two years after he had left Embleton, Creighton said:

"I always felt myself engaged (at Embleton) in downright warfare, and strove to get hold of the young ... working through the school, the choir, the G.F.S., any possible organisation of the young, that here and there one or two might be got hold of who would make a testimony. The unchastity of Embleton was terrible – low, animal."


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics
  2. ^ Louise Creighton, Life and Letters of Mandell Creighton, D.D., Vol. I, Longmans, Green, & Co, London, New York, Bombay, (1904).

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