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Ninebanks, Northumberland

Historical Description

Ninebanks, a village and an ecclesiastical parish in Allendale parish, Northumberland, on the river West Allen, 6 miles from Staward station on the N.E.R., and 10 SSW of Haydon Bridge. There is a post office under Allendale (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Whitfield. The ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1767, and comprises High and Low West Allen, Ninebanks, Carshield, Colecleugh, and several small hamlets. Population, 546. The property belonged anciently to the Earls of Auckland, and a castle of the Earls was here, a tower of which still stands. The surface is mainly hilly and picturesque in the lower parts, but wild where it reaches the Cumbrian border on the SW. There are several lead mines, which once were very productive. The living is a vicarage, with Carshield or West Allen annexed, in the diocese of Newcastle-on-Tyne; net value, £225 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1813, and again in 1871. It is in the Early English style of architecture, with tower and spire, and contains several stained windows. There is a chapel of ease at Carshield, and a Primitive Methodist chapel at Ninebanks. A reading-room was founded in 1893.

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 parishAllendale 
Poor Law unionHexham 

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE47
Post TownHexham