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Hexhamshire, Northumberland

Historical Description

Hexhamshire, an ancient division of Hexham parish, and a quondam county-palatine in Northumberland. The division of Hexham parish comprises the townships of High Quarter, Low Quarter, Middle Quarter, and West Quarter. Acreage of High Quarter, 6539; population, 125; acreage of Low Quarter, 3651; population, 342; acreage of Middle Quarter, 4222; population, 198; acreage of West Quarter, 2696; population, 196. High Quarter extends from 6 miles S by W of Hexham town to the borders of Durham, is wild and mountainous, contains the hamlet of Lillswood, and has two Wesleyan chapels. Low Quarter extends from 2 to 4¼ miles 5 of Hexham, includes the camping-ground of the Lancastrians previous to the Battle of Hexham, and a romantic ravine called Deepden, with the Queen's Cave, where Margaret and her child lay concealed after the battle; contains the hamlets of Dotland, Ordley, and Steel; and has Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. Middle Quarter extends from 8 to 6 miles S by W of Hexham, and contains the hamlets of Dalton, Mollersteads, and Raw Green. West Quarter extends from 1 to 4 miles W of Hexham, includes the access to the suspension bridge over the South Tyne, and contains the hamlets of Westboat, Nubbock, and Summer-rods. The quondam county-palatine comprised the parishes of Hexham, St John Lee, and Allendale, was governed as a regality by the bishops of Hexham, passed as a barony to the archbishops of York, and was annexed in the time of Elizabeth to Northumberland.

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

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.


Newspapers and Periodicals

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