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Kirkharle, Northumberland

Historical Description

Kirkharle, a township and a parish in Northumberland. The township lies on the river Wansbeck, and on the Wansbeck Valley railway, near Scot's Gap station, 10 miles E of Bellingham, contains the hamlets of Kirkharle, Little Harle, and West Harle, and has a post office of the name of Harle under Newcastle-upon-Tyne; money order and telegraph office, Kirkwhelpington. Acreage, 2102; population, 76. The parish includes also the township of Hawick, and comprises 3382 acres; population, 89. The manor belonged in the time of Edward I. to the Harles, passed by marriage to the Lorraines, and belongs now to the Anderson family. The old manor house, anciently called Kirkharle Tower, was taken down a few years ago. A stone pillar near the site of that building commemorates the slaughter of Robert Lorraine and his son by moss-troopers in the time of Elizabeth. Limestone is worked and coal was formerly mined. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; net value, £219. The church is ancient, has been much mutilated, and contains a tomb of Richard Lorraine of 1738. Sir William de Herle, chief-Justice in the time of Edward III., and Launcelot Brown, the distinguished landscape gardener, commonly called Capability Brown, were natives.

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

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 districtNE19
Post TownNewcastle Upon Tyne