Place:West Allen, Northumberland, England

NameWest Allen
Alt namesCarr Shieldsource: settlement in parish
Carrshieldssource: spelling variation of Carr Shield
Ninebankssource: settlement in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates54.823°N 2.31°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     (1897 - )
See alsoAllendale, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a chapelry
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

West Allen was a chapelry of Allendale and was created a civil parish in 1897 from sections of the parish of Allendale. The two later maps of Northumberland listed below show that the parishes of Allendale and West Allen were each made up of a number of detached portions interspersed by other areas labelled with single letters late in the alphabet and listed as "lands common to Allendale and West Allen".

From the map of 1944 the largest settlement in West Allen parish is named Carr Shield (see below).

According to A Vision of Britain through Time West Allen was only an ecclesiastical parish and never obtained civil parish status. However it is listed among the parishes of Hexham Rural District (also produced by A Vision of Britain through Time).

Carr Shield

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Carrshield is a village in Northumberland, England. It is situated in the Pennines approximately between Penrith and Hexham. [no distances given] It is a small village with an old school building situated in the centre of the village. The school was built in 1851 but is no longer a working school and is now three houses.

Carrshield is surrounded by beautiful fell ground and is littered with old disused mines. Remnants of the old stone works where the lead was mined are still able to be seen next to the river. There are no shops in Carrshield; the Post Office closed down because of lack of business.

Carrshield has numerous farms surrounding it, including a Stud and Rehabilitation Centre for horses. It also has a Methodist Chapel

The village name is often misspelt on older maps (even the county website) as 'Carr Shield' but is now correct on OS maps.

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