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Thropton Bridge - - 927958.jpg
Thropton Bridge
Thropton is located in Northumberland
Thropton shown within Northumberland
Population 458 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference NU027023
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MORPETH
Postcode district NE65
Dialling code 01669
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
55°18′50″N 1°57′29″W / 55.314°N 1.958°W / 55.314; -1.958Coordinates: 55°18′50″N 1°57′29″W / 55.314°N 1.958°W / 55.314; -1.958

Thropton is a small village in Northumberland, England, situated about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Rothbury near the junction of the Wreigh Burn and the River Coquet. In the village is a fine bridge over the Wreigh Burn which was built in 1811. There is a haugh to the south of the village, and imposing views of Simonside, a long low crag south of the Coquet that runs between Rothbury and Thropton.


There is a sub post office with a small village shop selling general provisions including fresh fruit and vegetables. A wider range of shops and facilities is available at Rothbury or further afield.
Thropton has two pubs: the Cross Keys and the Three Wheat Heads. The Three Wheat Heads is a 300-year-old coaching inn.


Great Tosson Tower

A little over a mile to the south of the village are the ruins of Great Tosson Tower, a pele tower probably built in the late fifteenth century and later used as part of a system of watch towers designed to curb the activities of the Border Reivers.[2][3]

Transport links[edit]

Thropton is the terminus for the X14 Thropton - Rothbury - Morpeth bus which is a lifeline to the rural community, with many services continuing towards Newcastle upon Tyne. It is currently operated by Arriva Northumbria and was formerly operated by Go North East.