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Haughton, Northumberland

Historical Description

Haughton, a township in Simonburn parish, Northumberland, on the North Tyne river, 6 miles NW of Hexham, and 1 mile from Chollerford station on the North British railway. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Humshaugh. Acreage, 1839; population, 1030. Haughton Castle was the seat of the Swinburnes, passed to the Widdringtons, and is now the seat of the Cruddas family, who are lords of the manor and chief landowners. It occupies a picturesque site, is itself an edifice of the time of Edward I. in the form of an oblong, 100 feet by 44, has, all round the external walls, a row of arches, which probably were inserted to give strength to the, masonry, and contains a large upper room, which probably was the baron's hall, but has been modernized. Ruins of an ancient chapel, 60 feet by 24, are in the grounds. A paper-mill, now a ruin, is on the bank of the river, and was the place where Pitt's assignats were forged.

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 parishSimonburn 
Poor Law unionHexham 

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

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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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE46
Post TownHexham