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Knarsdale, Northumberland

Historical Description

Knarsdale, a village and a parish in Northumberland,; on the South Tyne river, 3 miles from Lambley station on the N.E.R., and 7 SSW of Haltwhistle. There is a railway station at Slaggyford. The parish includes Slaggyford, Burn-stones, Eals, Town Green, and Williamston hamlets, and extends westward to the boundary with Cumberland. Post town, Slaggyford, under Carlisle. Acreage, 15, 593; population, 382. The manor belongs to the Hope-Wallace family. Knarsdale Hall was the seat of the Pratts, the Swinbumes, and the Wallaces, and is now a farmhouse. A streamlet called the Knarr, descending to the South Tyne, gives to th— parish its name of Knarsdale. Most of the land is moor and mountain. —A lead mine is supposed to have been worked within the parish by the Romans. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Newcastle; gross value, £153 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was built in 1833, and restored and enlarged in 1892, when a chancel and chancel-screen were added. There are Wesleyan chapels at Eals and Slaggyford.

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


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Ancient CountyNorthumberland 
Poor Law unionHaltwhistle 

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtCA8
Post TownBrampton