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St Aidan's Church, Thockrington - - 100331.jpg
St. Aidan's Church
Thockrington is located in Northumberland
Thockrington shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NY955795
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HEXHAM
Postcode district NE48
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
55°06′36″N 2°04′19″W / 55.110°N 2.072°W / 55.110; -2.072Coordinates: 55°06′36″N 2°04′19″W / 55.110°N 2.072°W / 55.110; -2.072

Thockrington is a village in Northumberland, England. The village lies about 10 miles (16 km) north of Hexham.


Thockrington is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.

Religious sites

Thockrington church, which stands so prominently on a spur of the Great Whin Sill, is one of the oldest churches in the county.[1] The church is dedicated to St Aidan.[2]

Here are buried several members of the ancient family of Shafto, the earliest mention of whom is in 1240. The Shaftos lived at nearby Bavington until the eighteenth century when, as a result of their support of the Jacobite cause in 1715, their estates were confiscated by the Crown, and ultimately sold to a Delaval. The Shaftos had connections with the county of Durham and lived on their Durham estates until 1953, when Mr R. D. Shafto returned to Bavington Hall.[1]


Little Swinburne Tower

A little over a mile south-west of the village are the ruins of Little Swinburne Tower, a fifteenth-century pele tower.

Notable people

  • Lord Beveridge, founder of the modern welfare state, is buried in the churchyard[2]
  • The author Tom Sharpe's ashes were buried in the churchyard in 2014 by his Spanish partner, witnessed by a Spanish TV crew. Sharpe's father was once vicar of Thockrington.[3]


  1. ^ a b Ridley, Nancy (1966). Portrait of Northumberland (reprint ed.). London: Robert Hale. OCLC 503957631.
  2. ^ a b Purves, Geoffrey (2006). Churches of Newcastle and Northumberland. Stroud, Gloucestershire, England: Tempus Publishing Limited. p. 88. ISBN 0-7524-4071-3. Archived from the original on 2016-01-13.
  3. ^ "Ashes of writer Tom Sharpe buried at ceremony in remote Northumberland church yard"; The Journal 3 June 2014

External links

Media related to Thockrington at Wikimedia Commons

  • GENUKI (Accessed: 19 November 2008)
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