Thropton

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Thropton
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Thropton Bridge
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Thropton
Location within Northumberland
Population458 (2011 census) [1]
OS grid reference NU027023
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MORPETH
Postcode district NE65
Dialling code 01669
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55°18′50″N1°57′29″W / 55.314°N 1.958°W / 55.314; -1.958 Coordinates: 55°18′50″N1°57′29″W / 55.314°N 1.958°W / 55.314; -1.958

Thropton is a small village in Northumberland, England, situated 1.9 miles (3.1 km) west of the village of Rothbury connected by the B6431 [2] near the junction of the Wreigh Burn and the River Coquet. In the village is a fine stone bridge over the Wreigh Burn which was built in 1811. There are haughs to the south and north of the village, and imposing views of Simonside, a long crag south of the Coquet.

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Amenities

The post office closed in approximately 2018, likewise the small village shop in which it was located, and the adjacent vehicle repair garage also closed - as at November 2020 the land is currently vacant. 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.

Landmarks

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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. [3] [4] A short distance from Great Tosson is Tosson lime kiln, designed by architect George Reavell in 1888, disused and restored in appearance by Northumberland National Park Authority. The site has a small car park and picnic site, and has fine views across the valley to Thropton main village and Rothbury. An information board at the site relates how a cow once fell down inside it.

On the third Saturday in September Thropton holds its annual village show in the field on the road leading from Thropton to Snitter with local trade stalls, local crafts, and usually a funfair and a Northumbrian pipe band. There is also the fell race where runners run to and up the Simonside Hills and back. 2015 saw the centenary of the village show.

Transport

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.

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References

  1. "Parish population 2011" . Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. "Thropton to Rothbury". Thropton to Rothbury. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  3. Tosson Tower at Pastscape
  4. Tosson Tower at Northumberland National Park Website Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine