Whitfield, a parish in Northumberland, on the river Alien, 2½ miles WSW of Staward station on the N.E.R., and 12 WSW of Hexham. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Langley-on-Tyne (R.S.O.) Acreage, 12,383 of land and 96 of water; population, 310. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor belonged anciently to the Whitfields, and, with Whitfield Hall, belongs now to the Blackett Ord family. The tract along the river is good and picturesque, but the rest of the surface is high, moorish, and waste. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Newcastle-on-Tyne; net value, £259 with residence. The church was built in 1860, is in the Early English style and cruciform, has a central tower and spire 130 feet high, and contains a chancel screen of carved oak, presented in 1887, and a beautifully carved reredos, erected in 1890 by the family of the late Mrs Blackett Ord, who built the church. The old church is used as a mortuary chapel. A reading-room was opened in 1887, and there are a police station and a small charity.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Whitfield from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Whitfield)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.
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- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
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