Chollerton

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Chollerton
Chollerton Farm (2) (geograph 3403939).jpg
Chollerton Farm
Chollerton is located in Northumberland
Chollerton
Chollerton
Chollerton shown within Northumberland
Population818 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY935725
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHEXHAM
Postcode districtNE46
Dialling code01434
PoliceNorthumbria
FireNorthumberland
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament
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UK
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Northumberland
55°02′46″N 2°06′11″W / 55.046°N 2.103°W / 55.046; -2.103Coordinates: 55°02′46″N 2°06′11″W / 55.046°N 2.103°W / 55.046; -2.103

Chollerton is a village in Northumberland, England, on the A6079 road about six miles (10 km) to the north of Hexham, on the River North Tyne. Nearby villages include Low Brunton and Humshaugh. The village has a fine example of a mounting block standing at the churchyard gate.[2]

The church, built around the 12th Century from local stone quarried from nearby. dedicated to Saint Giles, is noteworthy for the four large Roman columns built into its south aisle. These are believed to have been brought from the Roman fort of Chesters a couple of miles downstream.

Chollerton is also a registration sub-district in Northumberland; its population in 1851 was 5024 people.[3]

The etymology of the name Chollerton is uncertain; possibly it is from the Old English "Ceolferth's tun" but more likely it meant "tun by Ceolan ford or Ceolford", if so "Ceolford" meant "Ceola's ford" (i.e. modern Chollerford).[4][5]

Governance[edit]

Chollerton is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.

Transport[edit]

Chollerton was served by Chollerton railway station on the Border Counties Railway which linked the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, near Hexham, with the Border Union Railway at Riccarton Junction in Scotland. The first section of the route was opened between Hexham and Chollerford in 1858, the remainder opening in 1862. The line was closed to passengers by British Railways in 1956.

The station still stands and is now in use as a private house. Also still standing is a small viaduct over the road into the village.

Landmarks[edit]

A mile to the south-east, Cocklaw Tower is a ruined late 14th or early 15th-century tower house.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ Book of the British Countryside. London: Drive Publications, (1973). p. 302.
  3. ^ A vision of Britain Through Time
  4. ^ Ekwall, E. (1940) The Concise Dictionary of English Place-names; 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press; p. 101
  5. ^ "Chollerton" is also an older form of Chorlton, Manchester.
  6. ^ "Cocklaw Tower". Pastscape. Retrieved 14 June 2011.

Further reading[edit]

Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983.

External links[edit]

  • GENUKI (accessed: 12 November 2008)