Place:Ryal, Northumberland, England

Alt namesRyallsource: alternate spelling
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.063°N 1.977°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoStamfordham, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Castle Ward Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Matfen, 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 Ryal from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"RYALL, a township in Stamfordham parish, Northumberland; on the river Pont, 8 miles N E of Hexham. Acres: 2,189. Population: 101. Houses: 18. There is an old chapel of ease."

Ryal was a township in the ancient parish of Stamfordham and became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1955 the civil parish was abolished and the area was absorbed into the parish of Matfen.

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