Place:Featherstone, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.943°N 2.51°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoHaltwhistle, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Haltwhistle Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Bellister, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish abolished and absorbed into Featherstone in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Featherstone is a village in Northumberland, England about 17 miles (27 km) west of Hexham, and about 3 kilometres (2 mi) south of Greenhead. It had a population of 138 in the UK census of 2011.

Featherstone was a township in the ancient parish of Haltwhistle and became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1955 the civil parish was enlarged when the civil parish of Bellister was absorbed into it.

Featherstone Castle

Featherstone Castle, a Grade I listed building, is a large Gothic style country mansion situated on the bank of the River South Tyne about 3 miles (5 km) southwest of the town of Haltwhistle in Northumberland, England. In the 11th century the manor house on this site belonged to the Featherstonehaugh family. It has played an important role in the battles between the English and the Scots. Originally a 13th-century hall house, a square three-storey pele tower was added in 1330 by Thomas de Featherstonehaugh. A survey from the year 1541 reported the property to be a tower in good repair, occupied by Thomas Featherstonehaugh. The earliest recorded history of this area derives from the Roman occupation period; in 122 AD, the Romans erected Hadrian's Wall, the course of which lies several kilometres to the north of Featherstone Castle. (Source: Wikipedia)

"Featherstonehaugh" is quite often pronounced "Fanshaw".

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