From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Thropton Bridge - - 927958.jpg
Thropton Bridge
Thropton is located in Northumberland
Location within Northumberland
Population458 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceNU027023
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMORPETH
Postcode districtNE65
Dialling code01669
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth 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.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. ^ Tosson Tower at Pastscape
  3. ^ Tosson Tower at Northumberland National Park Website Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine