Howick  Northumberland


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Howick like this:

HOWICK, a parish, with a village, in Alnwick district, Northumberland; on the coast, 1 mile NE of Long Houghton r. station, and 5 NE by E of Alnwick. Posttown, Bilton, Northumberland. Acres, 1, 692; of which 72 are water. Real property, £2, 738. Pop., 265. Houses, 51. The property is divided between two. ...

The manor belonged to the Muschamps; passed to the Vescies, afterwards to the Greys, who became Earls Grey; and gives to the latter the title of Viscount. Howick Hall, the seat of Earl Grey, occupies the site of an ancient tower, destroyed in 1780; is a fine Grecian edifice, built in 1782, and much enlarged and improved in 1812; and contains some valuable statues, paintings, and other works of art. A trout stream, called Howick burn, crossed by a stone bridge, winds through the park, and along a beautifully wooded dene, to the sea; and the shore, adjacent to its mouth, is broken into picturesque masses of jagged freestone rock. Traces exist of a camp variously regarded as British, Roman, and Danish; and ancient spears, swords, coins, and several gold rings, linked together in the form of a gorget, have been found. Coal was at one time worked, but proved unremunerative. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £318.* Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The church was rebuilt, in 1746, by Sir Henry Grey, Bart.; was remodelled, with insertion of Norman windows and floriated capitals, in 1849, by the third Earl Grey; and contains, under a rich Gothic canopy of Caen stone, the monument of the second Earl Grey, the distinguished prime minister. There are a national school, and charities £40.

Howick through time

Howick is now part of Alnwick district. Click here for graphs and data of how Alnwick has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Howick itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Howick, in Alnwick and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th September 2021

Not where you were looking for?

Click here for more detailed advice on finding places within A Vision of Britain through Time , and maybe some references to other places called " Howick ".