Many of the historic houses of Northumberland have long since disappeared, but thanks to William Whellan & Co we know the county’s seats and residences of the nobility and gentry in 1855.
Directory of Northumberland 1855
In 1855, William Whellan & Co published a book called:
“History, topography, and directory of Northumberland,
comprising a general survey of the county, and a history of the town and county of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with separate historical, statistical, and descriptive sketches of the boroughs of Gateshead and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and all the towns … wards, and manors. To which is subjoined a list of the seats of the nobility and gentry.”
It’s now held and digitised by the Library of Congress, with pubklic domain access.
From this book we discover a lot about England’s county of Northumberland in 1855, which at that time incorporated much of modern day County Durham, Tyneside and Wearside, and part of Cumbria.
Some of these historic houses of Northumberland still exist today, but many have since disappeared.
Residences of the Northumberland Nobility & Gentry 1855
Acomb House, 2 miles N. of Hexham, Simon Mewburn, Esq.
Acton Hall, 11 miles N. of Morpeth, Robt. Adams, Esq.
Acton House, 11 miles N. of Morpeth, John H. Hincle, Esq.
Adderstone Hall, 4 miles S. of Belford, unoccupied
Alnham Tower, 9 miles N.N.W, of Rothbury, Rev. George S. Thompson, Vicar of Alnham
Alnwick Castle, His Grace the Duke of Northumberland
Angerton Hall, 7 miles W, of Morpeth, J. H. H. Atkinson, Esq.
Arcot Hall, 7 miles N. by E. of Newcastle, Henry Shum Storey, Esq.
Backworth House, 7 miles N.E. of Newcastle, Rev. H. Bunbury
Bank House, 7 miles S. by E. of Alnwick, Thomas Tate, Esq.
Barmoor Castle, 8 miles N. of Wooler, Henry Heathcoate, Esq.
Barndale House, Alnwick, Hugh Moises, Esq., J.P.
Bavington Hall, 11 miles N.E. of Hexham, James Delaval Shaftoe, Esq.
Beacon Grange, 1 mile S. of Hexham, Rev. W. J. D. Waddilove
Beaufront, 2 miles N.W. of Corbridge, William Cuthbert, Esq., J.P.
Belford Hall, 14 miles N. of Alnwick, Rev. John D. Clarke, M.A.
Belle Vue, Alnwick, George Selby, Esq. J.P.
Belsay Hall, 9 miles S.W. of Morpeth, Sir C. M. L. Monck, Bart.
Benridge House, 10 miles N.N.W. of Newcastle, William E. Blackett, Esq.
Benton (Long) House, 3 miles N.E. by N.of Newcastle, Mrs. Ann Atkinson
Benton House, 3 miles N.E. of Newcastle, Captain Potts and Edward Potts, Esq.
Benton Lodge, 3 miles N.E. of Newcastle, William Smith, Esq.
Benwell Grove, 2 miles W. of Newcastle, Charles H. Cooke, Esq.
Benwell House, 2 miles W. of Newcastle, W. Isaac Cookson, Esq.
Benwell Lodge, 2 miles W. of Newcastle, John S. Challoner, Esq.
Benwell Park, 2 miles W. of Newcastle, John P. Mulcaster, Esq.
Benwell Tower, 2 miles W. of Newcastle, George Anderson, Esq.
Berrington House, 8 miles S. of Berwick, Mrs. Eleanor Grey
Biddleston Hall, 8 miles W. of Whittingham, Walter Selby, Esq.
Bilton House, 3 miles S.E. by E. of Warkworth, Thomas Tate, Esq.
Birtley Hall, 11 miles N. by W. of Hexham, Mrs. Frances Crowther
Black Heddon House, 3 miles N. of Stamforham (he meant Stamfordham), James Hepple, Esq.
Blagdon Hall, 9 miles N. of Newcastle, Sir Matthew White Ridley, Bar.
Blenkinsopp Hall, 2 miles W. of Haltwhistle, Colonel John B. Coulson
Bolam Hall, 9 miles W.S.W. of Morpeth, Lord Decies
Bolam Vicarage, 9 miles W.S.W. of Morpeth, Rev. Septimus Meggison, B.A.
Bolton House, 6 miles W. of Alnwick, Hunter Allgood, Esq.
Brandon White House, 8 miles S. by E. of Wooler, John Davidson, Esq.
Brinkburn Priory, 10 miles N.N.W. of Morpeth, Major W. H. Cadogan
Broom Park, 6 miles W. of Alnwick, Bryan Burrell, Esq.
Brunton House, 5 miles N. by E. of Hexham, Rev. Charles Lee, M.A.
Budle House, 4 miles E. of Belford, Miss Anna Maria Grey
Burroden Hall, 6 miles W.N.W. of Rothbury, William Forster, Esq.
Buston Hall, 2 miles N. of Warkworth, Roger Buston, Esq.
Bywell Hall, 4 miles S.E. of Corbridge, W. B. Beaumont, Esq.
Callaley Castle, 2 miles W.S.W. of Whittingham, Edward John Clavering, Esq
Camp Ville, 6 miles W. by N. of Rothbury, Augustus C. Forster, Esq.
Capheaton Hall, 15 miles N.N.E. of Hexham, Sir John E. Swinburne, Bart.
Carham Hall, 3 miles W.S.W. of Coldstream, Mrs. Catherine Compton
Carrycoats Hall, 12 miles N. by E. of Hexham, — George, Esq.
Carville House, 3 miles E. of Newcastle, Charles Rayne, Esq.
Castle Vale Cottage, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alexander R. Lowrey, Esq.
Causeway Park Hall, 6 miles N. by W. of Morpeth
Charlton Hall, 6 miles N. of Alnwick, William Spours, Esq.
Cheeseburn Grange, 12 miles W.N.W. of Newcastle, Edward Eiddell, Esq. J. P.
Chesters, 5 miles N. by W. of Hexham, Nathaniel Clayton, Esq.
Chillingham Castle, 4 miles E. by S. of Wooler, The Earl of Tankerville
Chipchase Castle, 11 miles N. by W. ofHexham, R. W. Gray, Esq.
Chirton West House, 5 1/2 miles E. by N. of Newcastle, John Robson, Esq.
Christen Bank, 7 miles N. of Alnwick, George Dunn, Esq.
Cliff House, -1 mile W. of North Shields, George John Fenwick, Esq.
Close House, 8 1/2 miles W. by N. of Newcastle, Mrs. Margaret Bewick
Coupland Castle, 5 miles N.W. of Wooler, The Earl of Durham
Cowdon House, 8 miles N. by E. of Hexham, William Jobling, Esq.
Cowpen House, 7 miles S.S.E. of Morpeth, W. H. M. Sidney, Esq.
Cowpen Hall, 7 miles S.S.E. of Morpeth, Marlow John F. Sidney, Esq. J.P.
Coxlodge Hall, 2 1/2 miles N. of Newcastle, John Anderson, Esq.
Cramlington Hall, 9 miles N.N.E. of Newcastle, Hugh Taylor, Esq.
Craster Tower, 6 miles N. by E. of Alnwick, T. W. Craster, Esq.
Cresswell Hall, 9 miles N. E. by E. of Morpeth, A. J. Baker Cresswell, Esq.
Croft House, near Alnwick, Rev. Charles Charlton, M.A.
Denton Hall, 3 miles W. of Newcastle, Richard Hoyle, Esq.
Denton (West) House, 3 1/2 miles W. by N.of Newcastle, George Angus, Esq.
Dissington (North) Hall, 9 miles N.W. of Newcastle, E. Collingwood, Esq. J.P.
Ditchburn West, 6 miles N.N.W. of Alnwick, John F. Carr, Esq.
Dilston House, 1 mile S.W. of Corbridge, John Grey, Esq.
Eachwick Hall, 9 miles N.W. of Newcastle, Robert Reay Spearman, Esq.
Eglingham Hall, 7 miles N.W. of Alnwick, Major Robert Ogle
Ellerington Hall, 4 1/2 miles W. of Hexham, William Lambert, Esq.
Ellingham Hall, 7 miles S. by E. of Belford, Sir Edward Haggerstone, Bart.
Elsdon Tower, 20 miles W.N.W, of Morpeth, Rev. John Baillie, rector of Elsdon
Elswick House, 1/2 mile W. of Newcastle
Eshott Hall, 1/2 mile S. by E. of Felton, Thomas Brewis, Esq.
Eslington House, 1 1/2 mile W. of Whittingham, Hon. Henry T. Liddell, M.P.
Etal House, 11 miles S.S.W. of Berwick, Lord F. Fitzclarence
Ewart Park House, 5 miles N. by W. of Wooler, Sir Horace St. Paul, Bart.
Eslington Vicarage, 2 miles W. of Whittingham, Rev. Robert Goodenough, M.A.
Fallowden Hall, 7 1/2 miles N. by E. of Alnwick, Sir George Gray
Featherstone Castle, 4 miles S.W. of Haltwhistle, John Clark, Esq.
Felton Park, 10 miles N. of Morpeth, Thomas Riddle, Esq. J.P.
Fenham Hall, 1/2 mile W.N.W. of New-castle, Matthew Robert Bigge, Esq.
Flotterton House, 5 1/2 miles W. by N. of Rothbury, Mrs. Weallans
Ford Castle, 13 miles S. by W. of Berwick, The Marquis of Waterford
Forest Hall, 4 miles N.E. by N. of Newcastle, F. W. Wilson, Esq. and John Hodgson, Esq.
Fowberry Tower, 3 1/2 miles E. of Wooler, George Culley, Esq.
Glanton House, 2 miles N. of Whittingham, Captain Alexander Brown
Glanton Pyke, 2 miles N. of Whittingham, J. W. F. Collingwood, Esq.
Gloucester House, 1/2 mile W. of Newcastle, Thomas Bell, Esq.
Goldspink Hall, 1 mile N.E. of Newcastle, Peter Hansen, Esq.
Gosforth House, 4 miles N. of Newcastle, Thomas Smith, Esq.
Gosforth Low House, 3 1/2 miles N. of Newcastle, George Fenwick, Esq.
Greenses House, 4 miles S. of Berwick, Edward Sibbit, Esq.
Haggerston Castle, 7 miles S. by E. of Berwick, Lady Massey Stanley
Halliwell Dean, 1/2 mile E. of Hexham, George Marshall, Esq.
Harbottle Castle, 22 miles S.E. of Morpeth, Percival Clennell, Esq.
Harehope House, 1 mile N.W. of Eglingham, 0. A. Baker Cresswell, Esq.
Hauxley Cottage, 3 miles S.E. of Warkworth, Henry M. Dand, Esq.
Hazon House, 6 miles S. of Alnwick, John Hogg, Esq.
Healey House, 4 miles S.W. of Bywell, Robert Ormston, Esq.
Heaton Hall, 1 1/2 miles N.E. of Newcastle, A. L. Potter, Esq.
Heckley House, near Alnwick, Mrs. A. Fenwick
Heddon House, 8 1/2miles W.N.W. of Newcastle, George Burden, Esq.
Hedgley House, 4 miles N. by E. of Whittingham, Ralph Carr, Esq.
Hesleyside, 2 miles W. of Bellingham, William Henry Charlton, Esq.
High Warden, 2 1/2 miles N. by W. of Hexham, John Errington, Esq.
Higham House, 10 miles N.W. of Newcastle, Miss Mary Cook Bell
High Seat House, 9 miles W.N.W. of Newcastle, John Dobson, Esq.
Hollin Hall, 2 miles E. by N. of Ovingham, Edward James, Esq.
Horncliffe Hall, 5 miles S.W. of Berwick.
Houghton Castle, 6 1/2 miles N. of Hexham, William Smith, Esq.
Houghton Little, 3 1/2 miles N.E. by E. of Alnwick, Henry P. Burrell, Esq.
Howick Hall, 6 miles E.N.E. of Alnwick, Earl Grey
Humshaugh House, 5 1/2 miles N. of Hexham, George Carr, Esq.
Ingram Rectory, 9 miles S. by E. of Wooler, Rev. James Allgood, M.A.
Jesmond, 1 mile N.N.E. of Newcastle, Carl Lange, Esq.
Jesmond Cottage, 1 mile N.N.E. of Newcastle, Matthew Anderson. Esq.
Jesmond Dean House, 1 mile N.N.E. of Newcastle, W. G. Armstrong, Esq.
Jesmond, West, House, 1 mile N.N.E. ofNewcastle, Richard B. Sanderson
Kenton Hall, 2 miles N. of Newcastle, Captain Samuel Barrett
Kenton Lodge, I 1/2 miles N. of Newcastle, William Brown, Esq.
Kielder Castle, 14 miles W.N.W. of Bellingham, The Duke of Northumberland
Killingworth House, 5 1/2 miles N.N.E. of Newcastle, Nathaniel G. Lambert, Esq.
Kirkley Hall, 11 miles N.N.W. of Newcastle, Rev. Edward C. Ogle
Knaresdale Rectory, 7 miles S.W. of Haltwhistle, Rev. Henry Bewsher
Lemington Hall, 4 1/2 miles N. of Newcastle, John Spencer, Esq.
Lemmington Hall, 4 1/2 miles W. of Alnwick, The Misses Davidson
Lilburn Tower, 3 miles S.E. of Wooler, Edward J. Collingwood, Esq.
Lindon House, 8 miles N. by W. of Morpeth, unoccupied
Little Harle Tower, 15 miles W. of Morpeth, Thomas Anderson, Esq.
Locker Hall, 3 miles N. by W. of Ovingham, George Johnson, Esq.
Long Hirst House, 3 miles N.E. by E. of Morpeth, William Lawson, Esq. J. P.
Longridge House, 3 1/2 miles S.W. of Berwick, William Mather, Esq.
Long Witton Hall, 9 miles W.N.W. of Morpeth, Edward S. Trevelyan, Esq.
Lorbottle House, 4 1/2 miles N. by W. of Rothbury, Adam Atkinson, Esq.
Lowlin House, 7 miles S. of Berwick, Henry Knight Gregson, Esq.
Matfen Hall, 15 miles W.N.W. of Newcastle, Sir Edward Blackett, Bart.
Meldon Park, 5 miles W. by S. of Morpeth, John Cookson, Esq.
Middleton Hall, near Belford, John Himsworth, Esq.
Middleton Hall, 2 1/2 miles S. by W. of Wooler, George H. Hughes, Esq.
Middleton Hall, 9 miles W. of Morpeth, Robert Coull, Esq.
Milburn Hall, 11 miles N.W. of Newcastle, Nathaniel Bates, Esq.
Milfield Hall, 6 miles N.W. of Wooler, George A. Grey, Esq.
Minster Acres Hall, 10 miles S.S.E. of Hexham, Henry C. Silvertop, Esq.
Mitford Castle, 2 1/2 miles W. of Morpeth, Mrs. Fanny Mitford
Morpeth High House, 1 mile W. of Morpeth, John Moor, Esq.
Morpeth Rectory, 1/2 mile S. of Morpeth, The Hon. and Rev. Francis R. Grey
Morrick Hall, 2 miles W.S.W. of Warkworth, Lieutenant-General Sir John Grey, K.C.B.
Morris Hall, 1 mile N. by E. of Norham, Thomas Hodgson, Esq.
Mounces, 12 miles W.S.W. of Bellingham, Sir J. E. Swinburne
Murton House, 3 miles N.W. of North Shields, Robert Hansell, Esq.
Netherton Hall, 4 miles S. by E. of Morpeth, E. A. Fenwick, Esq., J.P.
Nether Witton Hall, 8 miles N.W. of Morpeth, Raleigh Trevelyan, Esq.
Newbum Hall, 5 miles W. by N. of Newcastle, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall
Newton-by-the-Sea, 9 miles N.E. of Alnwick, Joseph G. Forster, Esq.
Newton Hall, 6 miles S. of Alnwick, Captain Edward Widdrington
Newton Hall, 13 miles W. of Newcastle, W. F. Blackett, Esq.
Ninebanks, 4 miles W. by S. of Allendale, Matthew Lee and Parker Lee, Esqs.
North Seatnn Hall, 7 miles E. by N. of Morpeth, William Watson, Esq.
Nunnykirk Hall, 10 miles N.W. of Morpeth, Charles W. Ord, Esq.
Nunwick Hall, 9 1/2 miles N. by W. of Hexham, E. H. Allgood, Esq.
Ord Middle, House, 1 1/2 mile S.W. of Berwick, Mrs. Isabella Grey
Ord House, 1 1/2 mile S.W. of Berwick, James Grieve, Esq.
Otterburn Dean, 3 miles W. of Elsdon, E. S. Coward, Esq.
Otterburn Tower, 3 miles W. of Elsdon, Thomas James, Esq.
Ovington Cottage, 1 mile W.N.W. of Ovingham, Henry Hird, Esq.
Pallinsburn Hall, 4 1/2 miles E. by S. of Coldstream, unoccupied
Parkend, 10 miles N. by W. of Hexham, John Ridley, Esq.
Pigdon Cottage, 3 miles N.W. by W. of Morpeth, Aubone Surtees, Esq.
Preston Tower, 8 miles N. of Alnwick, Miss Frances J. Craster
Prestwick Lodge, 6 1/2 miles N.W. of Newcastle, Captain Charles Shum
Prudhoe Castle, 1/2 mile S.S.E. of Ovingham, Mrs. Sarah Laws
Prudhoe House, 1 mile S.S.E. of Ovingham, John Joseph Humble, Esq.
Redesdale Cottage, 7 1/2 miles W.N.W. of Elsdon, Edward Lawson, Esq.
Riding, 5 1/2 miles E.N.E. of Hexham, Thomas Dodds, Esq.
Riding House, 1 1/2 mile S. by W. of Ovingham, William Lyon, Esq.
Ridley Hall, 6 miles E. by S. of Haltwhistle, Mrs. Susan E. H.Davison
Rochester Low, 7 1/2 miles W.N.W. of Elsdon, William John Gray, Esq.
Rock Hall, 5 miles N. of Alnwick, Rev. E. Bosanquet, J.P.
Roddam Hall, 6 miles S. by E. of Wooler, William Roddam, Esq.
Sandhoe House, 2 1/2 miles E.N.E. of Hexham, Rowland Errington, Esq., J.P.
Sanson Seal House, near Berwick, Mrs. Sarah Mary Forster
Sandyford Lodge, Newcastle, Ralph Naters, Esq.
Scotswood House, 3 miles W. of Newcastle, Mrs. Elizabeth Lister
Seaton Burn House, 6 miles N. by E. of Newcastle, John Walker, Esq.
Seaton Delaval Hall, in ruins, 11 miles N.E. of Newcastle
Shawdon House, 7 miles W. of Alnwick, Mrs. Pawson
Sheepwash, 5 miles E. of Morpeth, Rev. H. Hopwood, M.A., Rector of Bothal
Shoston Hall, 6 miles E.S.E. of Belford, Rev. L. S. Ord, M.A.
Shoston, New, 6 miles E.S.E. of Belford, E. G. Huggup, Esq.
Sighill House, 7 miles N.N.E. of Newcastle, Charles Carr, Esq.
Shotley Hall, 11 miles S.E. of Hexham, Thomas Wilson, Esq.
South Side, 2 miles W.N.W. of Warkworth, William Fenwick, Esq.
Spittle Hill House, 2 miles W. of Morpeth, Benjamin Bullock, Esq., J.P.
Stagshaw House, 1 mile N.W. of Corbridge, Mrs. Mary Crawhall
Styford Hall, 2 miles S.E. of Corbridge, Charles B. Grey, Esq.
Swarland Hall, 12 miles N. of Morpeth, Joshua Blackburn, Esq.
Swinburn Castle, 8 miles N. of Hexham, Captain J. B. Coulson
Tillmouth House, 10 miles S.W. of Berwick, Sir Francis Blake. Bart.
Titlington Hall, 6 miles W. by N. of Alnwick, William J. Pawson, Esq.
Togstone Hall, 2 miles S. of Warkworth, Thomas G. Smith, Esq.
Trewitt House, 5 miles N.W. of Rothbury, unoccupied
Tuggall Hall, 8 miles S.E. by S. of Belford, Mrs. Forster
Twizell Castle, 10 miles S. W. of Berwick, Sir Francis Blake, Bart.
Twizell House, 3 1/2 miles S. of Belford, P. Selby, Esq., J.P.
Ulgham Grange, 7 miles N.E. of Morpeth, Thomas L. Tindale, Esq.
Unthank Hall, 2 miles E. by S. of Haltwhistle, Dixon Dixon, Esq.
Wallbottle Dean House, 4 miles W. of Newcastle, William Glover, Esq.
Wallbottle House, 4 miles W. of Newcastle, Archibald Potter, Esq.
Wallington Hall, J 1 1/2 miles W. of Morpeth, Sir Walter C. Trevelyan, Bart.
Walwick Hall, 5 miles N. of Hexham, John Ridley Esq.
Warkworth, 15 miles N.N.E. of Morpeth, John Clutterbuck, Esq.
Weetwood Hall, 1/2 mile E. of Wooler, Major John B. Ord
Westor Hall, 6 1/2 miles N. of Hexham, George Smith, Esq.
Whitley Hall, 2 1/2 miles N. of North Shields, Mrs. Lydia Green
Whitfield Hall, 12 miles W.S.W. of Hexham, William Ord Esq.
Whitley House, 2 1/2 miles N. of North Shields, John H. Fryer, Esq.
Whitley Park, 3 miles N. of North Shields, unoccupied
Whitton Tower, 15 miles N.W. of Morpeth, Rev. Charles G. V. N. Harcourt, Canon of Carlisle, and Rector of Rothbury
Whorlton Hall, 5 miles N.W. of Newcastle, Mrs. Mary Colbeck
Willington Lodge, 4 miles E. by N. of Newcastle, John Coutts, Esq.
Woolsington Hall, 5 1/2 miles N.N.W. of Newcastle, Matthew Bell, Esq.
Wylam Hall, 10 miles W. of Newcastle, G. C. Atkinson, Esq.