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Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland

Historical Description

Heddon-on-the-Wall, a village, a township, and a parish in Northumberland. The village stands on the Roman wall, 2 miles N of Wylam, and 7 W by N of Newcastle-on-Tyne, with a station on the N.E.R., and a post and money order office under Wylam; telegraph office, Wylam. The fosse of the vallum cuts boldly through it, and is partly used as a pond; a fragment of the wall itself is in the near neighbourhood, and a castellum probably stood on or near the site of the village. The township extends to the Tyne, and comprises 1188 acres; population, 704; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1187. The parish contains also the townships of East Heddon, West Heddon, Eachwick, Whitchester, Houghton-with-Closehouse, and Rndchester, which was included m the parish in 1891. Bricks are made, and there are freestone quarries and collieries near. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; net value, £162 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is Norman, and was restored and enlarged in 1851 and a new vestry added. In 1875 it was again restored, and an organ chamber built.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishHeddon-on-the-Wall St. Philip and St. James 
Poor Law unionCastle ward 

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Land and Property

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