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Fenwick (Stamfordham), Northumberland

Historical Description

Fenwick, a township in Stamfordham parish, Northumberland, on an affluent of the river Pont, 13¼ miles NW by W of Newcastle-on-Tyne. Post town, Newcastle. Acreage, 164:7; population, 66. There are two coal mines. Fenwick Tower here was for ages the seat of the Fenwicks, but was forfeited in 1688, and has long been in ruins. A large quantity of gold nobles of Edward III. was found at the taking down of a part of the wall of it in 1775. The remains of it now are small, and have been absorbed into the structure of a farmhouse. The Fenwicks were long conspicuous actors in the Border wars, and they are noticed as follows in the ballad of the Eaid of Kedswire:-<11 saw come marching o'er the knows Five hundred. Fenwicks in a flock, With jack and spurs and bowia all bent, And warlike weaponis at their will."

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 parishStamfordham 
Poor Law unionCastle ward 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Fenwick (Stamfordham) from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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