In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hulne Park like this:
HULNE-PARK, a township in Alnwick parish, Northumberland; on the river Alne, 2 miles NW of Alnwick. It includes the hamlets of Hulne-Abbey, FriarsBuildings, and Park-Farm; and forms part of the grounds of Alnwick Castle. Pop., 117. Houses, 20. Hulne abbey here, on a hill which the founder fancied to resemble Mount Carmel, was founded, in 1240, by William de Vesci, after he had been at Palestine as a crusader; was of the Carmelite order, and the earliest of that order in England; was visited by Henry III. ...
in 1256, -by Edward I. in 1292, 1294, and 1298, -by Edward II. in 1311 and 1322; and passed, at the dissolution, to the Percies. John Bale waS a member of the house, and wrote here his Lives. The outer walls and gate ways are still in excellent preservation; a strong tower, 40 feet by 29, built in 1489, by the fourth Earl of Northumberland, as a place of defence for the friars, is also in good condition, and contains some fine tapestries from designs by Rubens; but the church and the conventual buildings are in ruin. The church measured 118 feet by 19, and retains its sedilia and piscina; the sacristy, on the S of the choir, measured 19 feet by 8; the cloister, on the W, measured 90 feet by 77; the chapter house, on the E side of the cloister, measured 38 feet by 17, with a vestibule 11 feet by 8; and the refectory, to the E, with the dormitory above, measured 31 feet by 11.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hulne Park, in Alnwick and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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