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BEDLINGTON

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 622 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BEDLINGTON  , an

urban
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district of Northumberland, England, within the
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parliamentary borough of
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Morpeth, 5 M . S.E. of that
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town on a branch of the North Eastern railway . Pop . (19o1) 18,766 . It lies on high ground above the
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river
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Blyth, 22 m. above its mouth . The church of St Cuthbert shows good transitional Norman details . Its dedication recalls the transportation of the
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body of the saintly bishop of Lindisfarne from its shrine at Durham by the monks of that foundation to Lindisfarne, when in fear of attack from William the Conqueror . They rested here with the coffin . The
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modern growth of the town is attributable to the valuable collieries of the neighbour-hood, and to manufactures of nails and chains . It is one of the most populous
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mining centres in the county . On the south
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bank of the river is the township and urban district of Cowper (pop . 17,879), with collieries and glass
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works;
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coal is shipped from this point by river .

Bedlington (Betlingtun) and the hamlets belonging to it were bought by Cutheard, bishop of Durham, between 900 and 915, and although locally situated in the county of Northumberland became

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part of the county palatine of Durham over which Bishop Walcher was granted royal rights by William the Conqueror . When these rights were taken from Cuthbert Tunstall, bishop of Durham, in 1536, Bedlington among his other
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property lost its
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special privileges, but was confirmed to, him in 1541 with the other property of his predecessors . Together with the other lands of the see of Durham, Bedlington was made over to the ecclesiastical commissioners in 1866 . Bedlingtonshire was made part of Northumberland for
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civil purposes by acts of parliament in 1832 and 1844 .

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