In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Featherstone like this:
FEATHERSTONE, a township-chapelry in Haltwhistle parish, Northumberland; on the South Tyne river., and on the Alston and Haltwhistle railway, near the boundary with Cumberland, 3 miles S by W of Haltwhistle. It has a station on the railway; and its post town is Haltwhistle, under Carlisle. Acres, 2, 844. Pop., 307. Houses, 61. Featherstone Castle here was, for many ages, the seat of the Featherstones of Featherstonehaugh; passed to the Earls of Carlisle; and is now the seat of J. Hope Wallace, Esq. The edifice is picturesque; consists partly of an ancient square tower, with two turrets; but includes a modern castellated mansion, with a gallery 60 feet long. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value, £90.* Patron, J. Hope Wallace, Esq. The church is a Gothic structure, attached to the castle; and there was added to it, in 1829, a mausoleum for Lady Jane Hope.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Featherstone has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Tynedale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Featherstone and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Featherstone, in Tynedale and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th December 2013
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