Whitfield, Northumberland

Whitfield, Northumberland

The village of Whitfield in the Tynedale area of the English county of Northumberland has a farming community and is set against beautiful scenic background; sometimes it has been called "Little Switzerland".

The village lies on the River West Allen which joins with the River East Allen less than a mile away to form the River Allen. The village is serviced with a village shop, post office, pub, school and two churches.

Whitfield Hall is the home of the Blackett-Ord family. The Manor of Whitfield was granted, in the 12th century, by William King of Scotland to the Whitfield family, who retained it until 1750 when it was sold to William Ord of Fenham. When a later William Ord died in 1855, the estate fell to his son's widow and then to her heir, her niece, who married Rev John Blackett, a son of Christopher Blackett of Wylam. As a condition of the marriage and inheritance he changed his name to Blackett-Ord.

Holy Trinity is an ancient church that was rebuilt by William Ord in 1785 and again by Rev John Blackett-Ord as a memorial to William Ord.

External links

* [http://www.genuki.bpears.org.uk/NBL/Whitfield/ GENUKI(tm) page]
* [http://www.whitfieldangus.co.uk/history.html Some history and pictures]
* [http://www.freefoto.com/preview.jsp?id=05-03-66&k=Parish+Church%2C+Whitfield%2C+Northumberland Interior of the Parish Church]
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