For six years I wrote a short history
article in the monthly parish magazine,
The Pelican. One of the articles is
shown in the column opposite.
Articles can be accessed by
clicking on the appropriate title from
the index below.
If anyone has any old photographs or
parish information which they would like
recorded (for present and future
generations to share) then please get in
touch with me.
John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
OF ACKLINGTON PARISH
I am carrying out some research into the history of
Acklington Parish with the intention of producing a
booklet in the not too distant future. Can anyone help?
There is quite a lot of published information about
certain things such as Acklington Airfield and the
prison, but little has been written down about many
other places and happenings in the parish. I will be
particularly pleased to hear from anyone who has an
interesting tale to tell, or any pictures or information
that could possibly be included. The following are just
a few questions I would like answers to if possible:
Does anyone know where Miss Huntleys shop used to be
and what she sold?
The mothers in the parish used to warn (and frighten)
their children by saying Ill send for Black Ralph
mind! Who was Black Ralph and where did he live?
Has anyone any information about Nancy Scott, the
feared Acklington Witch?
Did a German spy really rent a room in Acklington
between the first and second world wars and contact
German submarines by using a flashing light?
What are the real facts behind the Acklington Dam
tragedy when a group of young soldiers were drowned
during a training exercise?
Are their any relatives (living in our area) of Mr
Taylor and Miss Hare, the first couple married in
Acklington at one time had a manor house and a
windmill, but does anyone know where they were situated?
Where in the parish did Nanny Flannigan, the pipe
smoking tramp, regularly visit?
Does anyone know about the time when there was a great
snow storm in Northumberland and trains were blocked
near Acklington? Apparently the passengers had to be dug
out. Or what about the sensational Acklington Mail-bag
Robbery which made daily paper headlines in October
Who played cricket for Acklington and are there any
photographs of the team?
John Davison (School House Acklington)