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Kirkheaton, Northumberland

Historical Description

Kirkheaton, a parish in Northumberland, at the source of the river Biyth, 4 miles S of Scot's Gap station, 4½ E of Watling Street, and 9½ NE by N of Hexham. Post town, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; money order and telegraph office, Capheaton. Acreage, 2061; population, 133. Black Hill commands an extensive view. Coal is worked, limestone and freestone are quarried, and there is a lime-kiln. The living is a donative, with Throckrington annexed, in the diocese of Newcastle; gross value, £50 with residence. The church is a small building in the Early English style, and was restored in 1894. The vicarage is an old manor-house where Oliver Cromwell spent a few days. A yew tree, upwards of 600 years old, is in the churchyard.

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 parishKirkharle 
Poor Law unionCastle ward 

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 districtNE19
Post TownNewcastle Upon Tyne