West Woodburn

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West Woodburn
West Woodburn is located in Northumberland
West Woodburn
West Woodburn
West Woodburn shown within Northumberland
Population 492 [2001]
OS grid reference NY895865
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HEXHAM
Postcode district NE48
Dialling code 01434
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Northumberland
55°10′23″N 2°09′58″W / 55.173°N 2.166°W / 55.173; -2.166Coordinates: 55°10′23″N 2°09′58″W / 55.173°N 2.166°W / 55.173; -2.166

 

West Woodburn is a village in north-western Northumberland, England.

The 2001 census recorded a population of 492 in the Parish Council area of Corsenside of which West Woodburn is the main settlement. The village is situated 15 miles (24 km) south of the border with Scotland and about 13 miles (21 km) north of Hexham.

West Woodburn lies on the line of Dere Street, a Roman road which linked Eburacum (York) and to the area around Din Eidyn, and thus later York to Scotland. To the west is the remains of a Roman fort known as Habitancum. The route is now the A68 road.

The River Rede, a major tributary of the River North Tyne, flows through the heart of the village.

West Woodburn's most famous resident of recent times was PC Joseph Carroll, husband of Caroline Carroll, a primary school teacher. On April 13, 2006 PC Carroll was killed in a road traffic incident. PC Carroll was killed by Stephen Graham, a communications instructor at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in an incident that was later found to be manslaughter. Mr Graham engaged the handbrake (at 70 mph) of the PC's patrol car whilst he was being taken to a cell for the night after being arrested. Since this incident regulations of the transport of people in police custody have been reviewed. It is believed that if PC Carroll had not been wearing his seat belt he would have survived the incident. Inspector Kerr Henry who was in the car with PC Carroll and Mr Graham was injured along with Graham.

Another little known, but extremely influential resident of West Woodburn, was Adam Telfer and his sheepdog 'Old Hemp'. Telfer was a shepherd who lived in the village circa 1893. He's best known for being the man who first bred the Border Collie sheepdog. A campaign was started to install a memorial to Telfer and Hemp, and permission has been granted by the relevant authorities. The unveiling of which took place on September 8, 2015. [1]


Governance[edit]

West Woodburn is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.


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External links[edit]

Media related to West Woodburn at Wikimedia Commons