Chillingham, Northumberland

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Chillingham Cattle grazing
Chillingham is located in Northumberland
Location within Northumberland
Population50 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceNU060259
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townALNWICK
Postcode districtNE66
Dialling code01668
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
55°31′37″N 1°54′14″W / 55.527°N 1.904°W / 55.527; -1.904Coordinates: 55°31′37″N 1°54′14″W / 55.527°N 1.904°W / 55.527; -1.904

Chillingham is a village in Northumberland, England. It is situated approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) to the east of Wooler, south of Chatton. At the 2011 Census the population remained less than 100. Detailed information is included in the parish of Bewick.

Chillingham is famous for its castle, which is said to be haunted, and the Chillingham Cattle, a wild herd of roughly 90 individuals which has been kept in an enclosure since the Middle Ages and strictly inbreeding for at least 300 years. The village contains Hebborn bastle house, a fortified house near Hepburn Wood.[2]

HMS Chillingham, a Ham class minesweeper, was named after the village.

Notable people[edit]

  • George Thorp, a Royal Navy officer whose short but heroic career ended in his death aged 19 in the assault on Santa Cruz, Tenerife led by Nelson on 25 July 1797, was born in Chillingham on 9 September 1777. He was baptised on 7 October 1777 in the parish church, where his father Robert Thorp MA, DD (later Archdeacon of Northumberland) was rector as had earlier been his grandfather Thomas Thorp.
  • The Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford wrote a song titled "Chillingham", serenading the beauty and peace of the landscape.
  • John Sandford (1832–1892), cricketer and judicial commissioner of Burma and Mysore.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics". Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Background". Famous Hepburns. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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