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)
Tucked away in Acklington behind high walls, gates and
trees is one of the best kept secrets in the parish. If
you are passing through the village in a vehicle you may
just get a glimpse of a very grand house which is listed
amongst Northumberland’s finest architectural gems.
This former residence for the clergy of Acklington
Parish (now known as The Old Vicarage) caught the eye of
Sir Nikolaus B. L. Pevsner the famous German-born
British scholar of the history of architecture.
Sir Nikolaus is best known for his 46-volume series of
county-by-county guides entitled “The Buildings of
England”, often simply referred to as "Pevsner". His
fundamental aim was to provide up-to-date guides to the
most significant buildings in every part of the country,
suitable for both general reader and specialist alike.
The very fact, then, that Acklington Vicarage got a
mention in one of Pevsner’s volumes is praise indeed.
There is no doubt it is an impressive sight, as this
picturesque winter scene below confirms, but many locals
are quite unaware of just how fine this Grade 2 Listed
Building actually is.
Here are some other little known facts about this
Acklington Vicarage was designed by London
architect James Deason (at the instruction of
the 4th Duke of Northumberland) and built in
1861 by the same elite craftsmen that carried
out renovations to Alnwick Castle.
During the Second World War, 47 children from
Wallsend (plus three teachers) were evacuated to
Acklington. This initially caused organisational
problems for the village school and for a while
Acklington Vicarage and village hall were used
for teaching purposes.
There is a military link with the Old Vicarage.
During the Second World War the army took over
Acklington Vicarage and Acklington Village Hall.
Both buildings were used as living quarters
(billets) for the soldiers.
The Acklington Warrior Stone, which is believed
to be linked to the famous medieval Lindisfarne
Warrior Stone (and which was featured in April’s
Pelican), was discovered in the Acklington
Vicarage garden. What a find!
The present owners of Acklington Vicarage, Chris
and Tessa Sayers, have kindly offered to host a
summer fundraising event in their garden on 12th
June. It is being advertised as a “Poppy Party”
to help celebrate the 90th anniversary of the
Royal British Legion and everyone is welcome.
Thank you Chris and Tessa, your generosity is
much appreciated. I would encourage
everyone to mark the date on your calendar and
attend if you possibly can. What is
...... if you do come along you will get
views for yourself of a stylish and most
prestigious, yet surprisingly secret, period
Tel: 01670 760609