Place:Dilston, Northumberland, England

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NameDilston
Alt namesDevilstonesource: name variation
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.965°N 2.039°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoCorbridge, Northumberland, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient division in which it was located
Corbridge, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Dilston from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"DILSTON, or Devilstone, a township in Corbridge parish, Northumberland; on Devil's water, at its confluence with the Tyne, adjacent to the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, 2½ miles E by S of Hexham. Acres: 2,904. Population: 241. Houses: 43. The manor belonged to the Devilstones; passed to the Tyndales, of whom was William Tyndale, the translator of the Bible; passed again to the Claxtons; went, by marriage, in the time of Henry VIII., to Sir Edward Ratcliffe, the ancestor of the Earls of Derwentwater; continued in the possession of these earls till the attainder of the last of them for his participation in the rebellion [1642-1660]; and gave them the title of baron. The ancient manorial tower still exists; while a comparatively modern mansion of the Ratcliffes has gone to ruin, excepting a chapel attached to it, which is kept in repair and contains the Ratcliffe burial vault. The unfortunate last Earl of Derwentwater was buried here; and he is represented as saying,
Though in London I must die,
Oh carry me to Northumberland,
In my father's grave to lie;
There chant my-solemn requiem,
In Hexham's holy towers,
And let six maids of fair Tynedale
Strew o'er my grave with flowers."

Wikipedia provides a description of Dilston Castle and its owners.

Dilston was a township in the ancient parish of Corbridge. In 1866 it became a separate civil parish. In 1955 it was abolished as a civil parish and its area was absorbed back into the parish of Corbridge.

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