Place:West Shaftoe, Northumberland, England

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NameWest Shaftoe
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.128°N 1.934°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1955)
See alsoHartburn, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Capheaton, 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 East Shaftoe and West Shaftoe from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"SHAFTOE (East and West), two townships in Hartburn parish, Northumberland; 10 miles W S W of Morpeth. Acres: 602 and 489. Population: 32 and 31. Houses: 6 and 6. S. Crags are a wildly picturesque range of rocks; are supposed, by some writers, to have been a haunt of Druids; and are now a favourite resort of picnic parties. An ancient chapel stood on a spot to the S of the crags; and a curious incised tombstone was found there in 1831."

West Shaftoe was originally a township in the ancient parish of Hartburn, Northumberland. It became a separate civil parish in 1866, but in 1955 it was abolished and absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Capheaton.

The Shaftoe family

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

Shafto is a surname. The Shafto family origins can be traced back to the Ffolliot family, who were established by the 14th century at Shafto Crag, Northumberland and adopted the alternative surname of Shafto.

Bobby Shafto, was a 18th century British Member of Parliament born in Spennymoor, County Durham and the likeliest subject of a famous North East English folk song. (Source:[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Shafto Wikipedia)

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Shafto family. Includes information on 18th and 19th century members of the family who held political offices in Northumberland and Durham and in the English parliament.

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