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Prudhoe Castle, Northumberland

Historical Description

Prudhoe Castle, a township in Prudhoe parish, Northumberland, 10½ miles from Hexham, and half a mile from Prudhoe station on the N.E.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Prudhoe (R.S.O.) Acreage, 644, of which 32 are water; population, 929. The Duke of Northumberland is lord of the manor and chief landowner. Prudhoe Castle was built by one of the Umfravilles; withstood a siege in 1174 by William the Lion, King of Scotland; stands on a rock 60 feet above the level of the Tyne; occupies, with its garden, about 3 acres; is defended on the N by an outer wall rising sheer from the cliff; is guarded also by square bastions, and protected on the S by a deep fosse; went largely to ruin as early as the time of Elizabeth; and now shows chiefly a lofty ruined keep and a modern residence of the Duke's steward.

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 parishOvingham 
Poor Law unionHexham 

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Land and Property

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