Place:Kirkharle, Northumberland, England

Alt namesLittle Harlesource: from redirect
West Harlesource: from redirect
Harle-Ksource: Family History Library Catalog
Harle-Kirksource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.137°N 1.978°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoKirkwhelpington, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Bellingham Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Kirkharle (otherwise Kirk Harle) is a hamlet in the county of Northumberland, England located about 12 miles (19 km) west of the town of Morpeth, just to the west of the crossroads of the A696 and B6342 roads.

Kirkharle Hall was a country house at Kirkharle, the former seat of the Loraine family, now much reduced and in use as a farmhouse.

Kirkharle was originally a township in the ancient parish of Kirkwhelpington. It became an ancient parish in its own right with townships of East Harle, Little Harle and Hawick. From 1894 it was part of Bellingham Rural District. It became a separate civil parish in 1866, but since 1955 has been again part of the civil parish of Kirkwhelpington.

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

"KIRKHARLE, or Harle-Kirk, a township and a parish in Bellingham [registration] district, Northumberland. The township lies on the river Wansbeck, and on the Wansbeck Valley railway, near Scot's Gap station, 10 miles E of Bellingham; contains the hamlets of Kirkharle, Little Harle, and West Harle; and has a post office of the name of Harle, under Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Acres: 2,140. Population in 1851: 164; in 1861: 118. Houses: 25.
"The parish includes also the township of Hawick, and comprises 3,290 acres. Real property: £2,403. Population: 123. Houses: 26. The manor belonged, in the time of Edward I., to the Harles; passed, by marriage, to the Lorraines; and belongs now to T. Anderson, Esq. The old manor house, anciently called Kirkharle Tower, was recently taken down. A stone pillar, near the site of that building, commemorates the slaughter of Robert Lorraine and his son, by moss troopers, in the time of Elizabeth. Limestone is worked, and coal was formerly mined. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £185. Patron: T. Anderson, Esq. The church is ancient, has been much mutilated, and contains a tomb of Richard Lorraine of 1738. Sir William de Herle, chief justice in the time of Edward III., and Launcelot Brown, the distinguished landscape gardener, commonly called Capability Brown, were natives."

A Vision of Britain through Time also provides the following description of Little and West Harle from the same gazetteer:

"HARLE (LITTLE and WEST), two townships in Kirkwhelpington parish, Northumberland; on the river Wansbeck, and on the Wansbeck Valley railway, 9½ miles E of Bellingham. Acres: 701 and 661. Population: 80 and 17. Houses: 12 and 3. Little Harle Tower, an ancient border fortalice, is now part of the seat of Thomas Anderson, Esq."

Wikipedia] has an article on Little Harle Tower.

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