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Islandshire is located in Northumberland
Islandshire shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NU087428
Coordinates 55°40′44″N 1°51′43″W / 55.679°N 1.862°W / 55.679; -1.862Coordinates: 55°40′44″N 1°51′43″W / 55.679°N 1.862°W / 55.679; -1.862
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Islandshire was an area of Northumberland, England, comprising Lindisfarne or Holy Island, plus five parishes on the mainland.

It is historically associated with the Bishop of Durham, and was administratively an exclave of County Palatinate of Durham. It was transferred to the county of Northumberland by the Counties (Detached Parts) Act 1844, becoming a hundred.

It formed part of the Norham and Islandshires Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and then formed part of the borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed district within the County of Northumberland.[1] In 2009 the borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed was abolished as part of wider structural changes to local government in England, with the area now falling under the unitary council of Northumberland County Council.

It consisted of the parishes of Ancroft, Belford, Elwick, Holy Island, Kyloe and Tweedmouth.


  1. ^ Norham and Islandshires RD Northumberland through time | Administrative history of Local Government District: hierarchies, boundaries

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