Place:Humshaugh, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Chapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates55.036°N 2.127°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoSimonburn, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Hexham Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Black Carts with Ryehill, Northumberland, Englandparish absorbed into Humshaugh in 1955
Haughton, Northumberland, Englandparish absorbed into Humshaugh in 1955
Tynedale District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"HUMSHAUGH, a village and a township chapelry in Simonburn parish, Northumberland. The village stands near the Roman wall and the river North Tyne, 1½ mile W of Chollerford [railway] station, and 5 N-W by N of Hexham; and has a post office under Hexham.
"The chapelry extends to the North Tyne, and includes the mansion of Chesters, the seat of John Clayton, Esq., with the rich and interesting remains of the Roman station of Cilurnum. Population: 443. Houses: 85. The manor belonged formerly to the Swinburnes. Limestone is quarried. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value: £120. Patrons: the Governors of Greenwich Hospital. The church is a neat modern edifice, in the Saxon style."

Humshaugh was a township in the ancient parish of Simonburn and became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it was part of Hexham Rural District. In 1955 the parishes of Black Carts with Ryehill and Haughton were abolished and absorbed into Humshaugh along with a section of the parish of Warden. At the same time some acreage was transferred to Simonburn. In 1974 rural districts were abolished and Humshaugh became part of the Tynedale District until 2009 when Northumberland became a unitary authority.

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