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Dilston or Devilstone, Northumberland

Historical Description

Dilston or Devilstone, a township in Corbridge parish, Northumberland, on Devil's Water, at its confluence with the Tyne, adjacent to the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, 2½ miles E by S of Hexham. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Corbridge. Acreage, 3260; population, 231. The manor belonged to the Devilstones; passed to the Tyn-dales, of whom was William Tyndale, the translator of the Bible; passed again to the Claxtons; went by marriage in the time of Henry VIII. to Sir Edward Ratcliffe, the ancestor of the Earls of Derwentwater; continued in the possession of these Earls till the attainder of the last of them for his participation in the rebellion of 1715, and gave them the title of Baron. It was then confiscated and granted to Greenwich Hospital, but in 1870 was purchased by W. B. Beaumont, Esq. The ancient manorial tower still exists, while a comparatively modern mansion of the Ratcliffes has gone to ruin, excepting a chapel attached to it, which is kept in repair and contains the Ratcliffe burial vault. The unfortunate last Earl of Derwentwater was buried here, and he is represented as saying:-" Though in London I must die, Oh carry me to Northumberland, In my father's grave to lie; There chant my solemn requiem, In Hexham's holy towers, And let six maids of fair TynedaleStrew o'er my grave with flowers."

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorthumberland 
Civil parishCorbridge 
Poor Law unionHexham 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.


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