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Holystone or Hallystone, Northumberland

Historical Description

Holystone or Hallystone, a village, a township, and with Alwinton, an ecclesiastical parish in Northumberland. The township lies on the river Coquet, 7 miles W by N of Roth-bury station on the North British railway. Acreage, 5469; population, 91. The ecclesiastical parish contains also the townships of Barrow, Linsheeles, and Harbottle, the last of which has a post and money order office under Rothbury; telegraph office, Alwinton. Much of the land is moor. Camp-ville is situated on the site of a Roman camp. A Benedictine convent for eight nuns was founded at Holystone about 1254 by one of the Umfravilles of Harbottle Castle, and several curious fragments of sculpture which seem to have belonged to it are built into the walls of the present church. " Our Lady's Well," supposed to have belonged to the nunnery, and situated in a little grove of firs at a short distance, is a square basin with a copious spring of pure water, has on the brink an old moss-covered statue of an ecclesiastic, and has also, rising from the water, a tall cross with the inscription, " In this place Paulinus the Bishop baptized 3000 Northumbrians." A prayer-station for pilgrims coming to Holystone was on the moor between it and Elsdon, and is still marked by remains of an ancient stone cross. The living is a vicarage, annexed to that of Alwinton, in the diocese of Newcastle; gross value, £205. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was partly restored, partly rebuilt in 1849, and has two memorial windows of 1857 to the Dawson family.

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 parishHallystone St. Mary 
Poor Law unionRothbury 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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