Great Whittington

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Great Whittington
The Queen's Head, Great Whittington - geograph.org.uk - 935611.jpg
The Queen's Head, Great Whittington
Great Whittington is located in Northumberland
Great Whittington
Great Whittington
Great Whittington shown within Northumberland
Population 401 
OS grid reference NZ004708
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Postcode district NE19
Dialling code 01434
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Northumberland
55°01′52″N 1°59′35″W / 55.031°N 1.993°W / 55.031; -1.993Coordinates: 55°01′52″N 1°59′35″W / 55.031°N 1.993°W / 55.031; -1.993

Great Whittington is a village in Northumberland, England, 7 miles NE of Hexham with a population of 401, as of the 2011 British Census[1] and an area of 1494 acres, most of which is used as farmland, with only 12 acres urbanized.

Governance[edit]

Great Whittington is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.

History[edit]

Immediately north of Great Whittington, in a field west of the Unnamed Road leading to Matfen, lies Great Whittington Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post.[2] This was 1 of approx. 1,563 underground monitoring posts built all over the UK during the Cold War to monitor the effects of a Nuclear Strike. They were operated by the ROC who were mostly civilian volunteers. Great Whittington ROC post was opened in June 1962 and closed in September 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which saw the end of the Cold War.

Landmarks[edit]

The Devil's Causeway passes the village about 1 mile (2 km) to the west. The causeway was a Roman road which started at Port Gate 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.

Transport[edit]

A bus service, used predominately for transporting pupils of Corbridge Middle School to and from school is used, but the area around Great Whittington is mostly farmland, with little use for any other method of transport.

Religious sites[edit]

A now deconsecrated Wesleyan church can be found on the northern side of the village green, distinguishable by a large cross above the door.

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