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Lambley, Northumberland

Historical Description

Lambley, a small village and a parish in Northumberland. The village stands on the river South Tyne, adjacent to the Alston and Haltwhistle branch of the N.E.R., 2½ miles from the boundary with Cumberland, and 4¼ SSW of Halt-whistle, and has a station on the railway. It has a post office under Carlisle; money order and telegraph office, Halt-whistle. The parish contains also the township of Asholrne, which forms a joint parish with Lambley. Acreage, 3060, of which 59 are water; population, 692. The manor belongs to the Allgood family. A Benedictine nunnery was founded here by Adam dc Tindale and confirmed by King John, was destroyed by the Scots under Wallace in 1296, was afterwards rebuilt, was given at the dissolution to the Dudleys in exchange for Tunbridge Wells. Soon after it passed to the Featherstonehaughs, was sold in the time of the Commonwealth to the Allgoods, and has completely disappeared. An ancient fortress stood on Castle Hill, and vestiges of a deep moat exist there. Some ancient oak coffins, as black as ebony, have been found near the river. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; net value, . £34 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1885 on the site of the old one. A Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1871 at Harper Town.

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 
Poor Law unionHaltwhistle 

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtCA8
Post TownBrampton