Place:Hexhamshire Middle Quarter, Northumberland, England

NameHexhamshire Middle Quarter
Alt namesDalton near Hexhamsource: settlement in parish
Mollersteadsource: settlement in parish
Raw Greensource: settlement in parish
Whitley Chapelsource: settlement in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.915°N 2.115°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     (1866 - 1955)
See alsoHexham, 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 1894-1955
Hexhamshire, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

Hexhamshire Middle Quarter is described in A Vision of Britain through Time as a township of Hexham and a civil parish. From 1894 until 1955 it was part of Hexham Rural District. There are no other references in either Wikipedia or A Vision of Britain through Time. On the two later maps listed below it is located south of Hexham beyond Hexhamshire Low Quarter. Hexhamshire Middle Quarter includes the settlement of Whitley Chapel which has an article in Wikipedia and the following description provided by A Vision of Britain through Time quoting John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"WHITLEY, a chapelry in Hexham [registration] district, Northumberland; on Devils water, 5 miles S of Hexham [railway] station. Post town: Hexham. Population: 419. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £124. Patron: W. B. Beaumont, Esq."

Further settlements in Hexhamshire Middle Quarter include Dalton near Hexham, Mollerstead and Raw Green. See Hexhamshire for a description of Middle Quarter in the 19th century. There is another Dalton which was a township of Newburn.

The term "quarter" is not defined, but would appear to be of similar meaning to the terms "without" and "rural" which are attached to the names of fairly urban parishes in other counties of England. These rural parishes came about after the introduction of Urban and Rural Districts in 1894, when it was deemed appropriate to divide the country into urban and rural areas which had different demands and rates for property taxes.

Co-ordinates are those for Whitley Chapel. Wikipedia mentions the "parish of Whitley". This is probably the ecclesiastical parish of Whitley.

Research Tips

  • Hexhamshire local website
  • 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
There is a branch office in Berwick upon Tweed.