Place:Henshaw, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.975°N 2.369°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 1894-1974
Tynedale District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Henshaw in Northumberland, England is a village in the vicinity of the ancient Hadrian's Wall, widely acknowledged to be the most significant Roman monument in Britain. Henshaw had a population of 762 in the UK census of 2011.

Local genealogy places the Cowings, Lambs, Robsons and Dickinsons as some of the families well known in this locale at least since the 19th century. (Wikipedia sourced this fact from [ a now defunct website].)

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

"HENSHAW, a township in Haltwhistle parish, Northumberland; on the South Tyne river, and on the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, near Bardon-Mill [railway] station, 3½ miles E of Haltwhistle. Acres: 11,255. Population: 550. Houses: 126. The manor belongs to Sir Edward Blackett. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists."

Henshaw was a township in the ancient parish of Haltwhistle and became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1974 the parish was part of Haltwhistle Rural District. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Henshaw became part of the Tynedale District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

Research Tips

  • Northumberland Archives previously known as Northumberland Collections Service and Northumberland County Record Office. Now based within Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and providing free access to numerous records for local and family historians alike.
Full postal address: Museum and Northumberland Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF; Phone: 01670 624455
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