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Unthank Hall

Unthank Hall is a Grade II listed property now serving as commercial offices, situated on the southern bank of the River South Tyne east of Plenmeller, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland. [1]

River Tyne river in North East England

The River Tyne is a river in North East England and its length is 73 miles (118 km). It is formed by the confluence of two rivers: the North Tyne and the South Tyne. These two rivers converge at Warden Rock near Hexham in Northumberland at a place dubbed 'The Meeting of the Waters'.

Plenmeller village in United Kingdom

Plenmeller is a village in Northumberland, England about a mile (1½ km) southeast of Haltwhistle.

Haltwhistle town in Northumberland, England

Haltwhistle is a small town and civil parish in Northumberland, England, 10 miles (16 km) east of Brampton, near Hadrian's Wall. It had a population of 3,811 at the 2011 Census.


In the 16th century the manor was owned by the Ridley family and it is possible that Bishop Nicholas Ridley was born there. [1]

Nicholas Ridley (martyr) Bishop of London; Anglican Saint

Nicholas Ridley was an English Bishop of London. Ridley was burned at the stake as one of the Oxford Martyrs during the Marian Persecutions for his teachings and his support of Lady Jane Grey. He is remembered with a commemoration in the calendar of saints in some parts of the Anglican Communion on 16 October.

The house, which was built in the 16th century, incorporating an ancient pele tower, was substantially remodelled and extended in 1815. [1]

The Hall came into the ownership of the Dixon family and then by marriage to the Browns. Dixon Brown (1776–1852) changed his name in 1825 to Dixon Dixon, and his nephew Rev Dixon Dixon Brown rebuilt the Hall between 1862 and 1865. [1]

The house was substantially remodelled in 1815 and again in 1865 in a neo-Tudor style, both times by Newcastle architect John Dobson. [1] Much of the 1865 house has since between demolished by further alterations in 1900 and a significant reduction in size in 1965. [1]

John Dobson was a 19th-century English architect in the neoclassical tradition. He became the most noted architect in the North of England. Churches and houses by him dot the North East - Nunnykirk Hall, Meldon Park, Mitford Hall, Lilburn Tower, St John the Baptist Church in Otterburn, Northumberland, and Beaufront Castle among them. During his career he designed more than 50 churches and 100 private houses. However, he is best known for designing Newcastle railway station and for his work with Richard Grainger developing the centre of Newcastle in a neoclassical style.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Unthank Hall, Plenmeller with Whitfield". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 August 2015.

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