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Whitfield, Northumberland

Historical Description

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.

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

Administration

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Ancient CountyNorthumberland 
Poor Law unionHaltwhistle 
WardTindale 

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CountyNorthumberland
RegionNorth East
CountryEngland
Postal districtNE47
Post TownHexham