"ELLINGHAM is a parish comprising the townships of Charlton North, Charlton South, Chathill, Doxford, Ellingham, and Preston, whose united area is 9,124 acres. It is bounded on the north by Bambrough parish, on the west and south, by Eglingham parish and Coquetdale Ward, and on the east by Embleton. It is about five and a half miles long by five miles broad, and its population in 1801, was 749; in 1811, 691; in 1821, 801; in 1831, 953; in 1841, 861; and in 1851, 936 souls. Coal and lime are abundant in this parish." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].