Place:Plenmellor, Northumberland, England

Alt namesPlenmellersource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.965°N 2.447°W
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoHaltwhistle, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Tynedale Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Haltwhistle Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1955
Plenmellor with Whitfield, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1955
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Plenmellor or Plenmeller is a village in Northumberland, England about a mile (1½ km) southeast of Haltwhistle. It had a population of 98 at the 2011 UK census.

Coal mining dominated the history of the area in recent times. Employment at Plenmellor colliery reached its peak in the early 1920s. When the colliery closed in 1932 it caused widespread hardship in the area. More recently coal has been extracted by open cast methods on Plenmellor Common and the land then returned to a more natural landscape.

Unthank Hall is a Grade II listed mansion house, now serving as commercial offices, situated on the southern bank of the River South Tyne. The house, which was built in the 16th century, incorporating an ancient pele tower, and was substantially remodelled and extended in 1815. The Hall was later rebuilt between 1862 and 1865. Much of the 1865 house has since between demolished and only the central gables and entrance porch survive.

Plenmellor was a township in the ancient parish of Haltwhistle and became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1955 the parish was part of Haltwhistle Rural District. In 1955 Plenmellor was abolished as a civil parish and became part of the newly-formed civil parish of Plenmellor with Whitfield (or Plenmeller with Whitfield).

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