Blanchland  Northumberland


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Blanchland like this:

BLANCHLAND, a village and a township-chapelry in Shotley parish, Northumberland. The village stands in a deep narrow green vale, flanked by heathy hills; on the N side of Derwent river, 6 miles SSW of Riding Mill r. station, and 9 SSE of Hexham: and has a post office‡ under Carlisle, and a fair on 24 Aug. ...

A premonstratensian abbey was founded here, in 1165, by Walter de Balbeck; raised to the rank of a mitred abbey in the time of Edward I.; given, at the dissolution, to John Bellow and John Broxholm; passed, by purchase, to Bishop Crewe; and was bequeathed by him, along with other estates, for charitable purposes. The tower of it was formed, in 1752, into a chapel, which continues to be the church of the chapelry; and the gateway and some other parts also are still standing.—The chapelry or township bears also the name of Shotley High Quarter; and comprises 3,728 acres. Rated property, £835. Pop., 474. Houses, 95. Much of the surface is moor and morass. Lead ore occurs in considerable abundance; and has long been mined. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value, £198.* Patron, the Trustees of Bishop Lord Crewe.

Blanchland through time

Blanchland is now part of Tynedale district. Click here for graphs and data of how Tynedale has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Blanchland itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Blanchland, in Tynedale and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th October 2021

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