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CAPHEATON, a township, in the parish of Kirk-Whelpington, union of Castle ward, N. E. division of Tindale ward, S. division of Northumberland, 13 miles (W. S. W.) from Morpeth; containing 213 inhabitants. The township comprises 2213 acres, and forms a very picturesque and highly cultivated district, a possession of the Swinburne family from the 13th century. The castle is first mentioned in the 15th century, and is styled by Leland "a faire castle," and "the oldist house of the Swinburnes;" it was taken down in 1668, and the present beautiful mansion, Capheaton Hall, now the seat of Sir John Swinburne, Bart., F.R.S., and F.S.A., erected on its site. The village is exceedingly neat; and directly in its front is an artificial lake, comprehending, with its islands, between 40 and 50 acres. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for £87. 16., and the vicarial for £23. 2. 9. Several Roman coins, silver vessels, and ornaments, were discovered near the Hall, by some labourers, in 1745.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.