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Ulgham (Northumberland)

Church of St John the Baptist, Ulgham.
Church of St John the Baptist, Ulgham.

Ulgham is a small parish in south-east Northumberland. It lies within the North East Coalfield and has a range of remains associated with industry.

The oldest feature in the parish may be a large enclosure to the east of Ulgham village. However, the enclosure could equally be a medieval moated site.

The place-name `Ulgham' uses the 'ham element, thought to indicate early medieval settlement. Although no finds have made from this period, an 11th century cross from Ulgham suggests an earlier settlement could have stood here.

Most archaeological remains in the parish are from the medieval period and include a surviving village cross that marked the place of a small market. A grange of Newminster Abbey stood on the north side of the River Lyne. The rest of the village is on the south side of the river. Ulgham Hall stands on land that was owned and farmed by the preceptory at Chibburn and the original church was built in the medieval period.

The post-medieval period saw changes in farming and the growth of industry. New farms were built in the parish at The Cockles and Ulgham Grange as well as a dovecote. A fine new house was built at Ulgham Hall and the Manor House was remodelled and altered.

Reference number:N13820

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