Hexhamshire  Northumberland


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

HEXHAMSHIRE, a division of Hexham parish, and a quondam county palatine, in Northumberland. The division of Hexham parish comprises the townships of High Quarter, Low Quarter, Middle Quarter, and West Quarter. Acres, 23, 198. Real property, £7, 356; of which £20 are in mines. Pop., 1, 209. ...

Houses, 240. Acres of High Quarter, 8, 783; of L. Q., 3, 608; of M. Q., 5, 700; of W. Q., 5, 117. Pop. of H. Q., 243; of L. Q., 454; of M. Q., 2, 555; of W. Q., 257. Houses, 44, 92, 54, and 50. H. Q. extends from 6 miles S by W of Hexham town to the borders of Durhamshire; is wild and mountainous; and contains the hamlet of Lillswood. L. Q. extends from 2 to 4 ½ miles S of Hexham; includes the camping ground of the Lancastrians previous to the battle of Hexham, and a romantic ravine called Deepden, with the Queen's cave, where Margaret and her child lay concealed after the battle; and contains the hamlets of Dotland, Lee, Linnels, Ordley, and Steel. M. Q. extends from 3 to 6 miles S by W of Hexham; had a lead manufactory, which was recently removed to Allendale parish; and contains the hamlets of Dalton, Mollerstead, and Raw green. W. Q. extends from 1 to 4 miles W of Hexham; includes the access to the suspension bridge over the South Tyne; and contains the hamlets of Greenshaw plain, Nubbock, and Summerrods. The quondam county palatine comprised the parishes of Hexham, St. John-Lee, and Allendale; was governed, as a regality, by the bishops of Hexham; passed, as a barony, to the archbishops of York; and was annexed, in the time of Elizabeth, to Northumberland.

Hexhamshire through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 26th October 2021

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