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Matfen, Northumberland

Historical Description

Matfen, a village, two townships, and an ecclesiastical parish in Stamfordham parish, Northumberland. The village stands 2 miles N of the Roman wall, 6½ NE by N of Corstridge railway station, and 9 NE of Hexham, and has a post and money order office under Corbridge (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Stamfordham. The townships are East and West Matfen. Acreage, 2101 and 2004; population, 122 and 286. The manor belonged to the Feltons; passed to the Lawsons, the Fenwicks, and the Douglasses; went by marriage in the 18th century to the Blacketts; and, with Matfen Hall, belongs now to the Blackett family. The hall was built in 1832-35, is a very imposing edifice in the Gothic style, has a grand entrance-hall rising to the entire height of the edifice and surrounded by open arcaded galleries, contains some valuable pictures and some curious relics, and stands in an extensive park. Fine ancient carved stone pillars are at the W lodge, and were brought from Halton Castle. An ancient standing-stone, probably Druidical, is on a green before a house called the Standing Stone Farm. Kistvaens were found in a barrow near the house. The ecclesiastical parish is larger than the two townships, and was constituted m 1842. Population, 830. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; net value, £258 with residence. Patron, the Bishop. The church was erected in 1842, and is an edifice in the Early English style with a graceful spire. There is a Wesleyan chapel, an excellent temperance hotel, and a reading-room with picturesque piazza.

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

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE20
Post TownNewcastle Upon Tyne