Hartburn, Northumberland

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St. Andrew's Church, Hartburn
Hartburn is located in Northumberland
 Hartburn shown within Northumberland
Population 198 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference NZ088860
Unitary authority Northumberland
Ceremonial county Northumberland
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NE61
Dialling code 01670
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Wansbeck
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Coordinates: 55°10′05″N 1°51′43″W / 55.168°N 1.862°W / 55.168; -1.862

Hartburn is a village in Northumberland, in England. It is situated about 6 miles (10 km) to the west of Morpeth.


The Devil's Causeway passes the western edge of the village, just before its crosses the Hart river (burn). The causeway is a Roman road which started at Portgate on Hadrian's Wall, north of Corbridge, and extended 55 miles (89 km) northwards across Northumberland to the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

To the north of the village lies Hartburn Glebe, an area of woodland alongside the river Hart Burn currently in the care of the Woodland Trust [1]. A grotto, also known as Hartburn Glebe, was constructed by an 18th-century Vicar of Hartburn (Dr John Sharpe) as a changing area for ladies wishing to bathe in the river. Dr John Sharpe also built the crenellated Tower House, that overlooks Hartburn Glebe. It was built as a village school, accommodation for the schoolmaster, and as a stable for the Parish hearse in 1745. The North face of the house is built in an 18th-century Gothic style whilst the South face, with its stairs up the outside resembles a large Northumbrian bastle house.

The Vicarage in Hartburn is at heart a Northumbrian pele tower, with later additions including an 18th-century library wing added by Dr John Sharpe.

The field, opposite the old school and school house shows evidence of there being an ancient settlement, and old folklore says that the large solitary stone is what is left of the ancient village cross. Another local folklore tale is that the deep water of the Hart downstream from the Grotto is where the village baker secreted his money in a chest, many years ago this deep pool was termed 'the Baker's Chest'.

Religious sites[edit]

The village church is the Parish Church of St. Andrew, a Grade I listed building, Norman architecture with some medieval alterations. Marks carved into the doorpost by the Knights Templar, who may have used the church in the 13th Century, are still visible.


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