In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fenwick like this:
FENWICK, a township in Stamfordham parish, Northumberland; on an affluent of the river Pont, 13½ miles NW by W of Newcastle-on-Tyne. Acres, 1, 634. Pop., 103. Houses, 16. Fenwick Tower here was for ages the seat of the Fenwicks; but was forfeited in 1688, and has long been in ruins. A large quantity of gold nobles, of Edward III., was found at the taking down of a part of the wall of it, in 1775. The remains of it now are small, and have been absorbed into the structure of a modern farm-house. The Fenwicks were long conspicuous actors in the Border wars; and they are noticed as follows in the ballad of the Raid of the Redswire:-
I saw come marching o'er the knows
Fyve hundred Fenwicks in a flock,
With jack and spurs and bowis all bent,
And warlike weaponis at their will.
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 Fenwick has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Castle Morpeth. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Fenwick and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fenwick, in Castle Morpeth and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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