Allendale in 1833
ALLENDALE, a parochial chapelry in Northumberland, with a population of 5,540 inhabitants in 1831 ; containing the townships of East Allendale, West Allendale, Catton (Cotton), and Keenly (Keenty). The first of these comprehends the market-town of Allendale, irregularly built on the right bank of the East Allen brook, (which flows into the South Tyne,) about 10 miles S.W. of Hexham, and 286 N.N.W. from London.
The chief employment of the inhabitants is furnished by the important lead-mines in the neighbourhood, or by the smelting-houses and other establishments dependent upon them. The perpetual curacy of Allendale is in the gift of Mr. Beaumont, who is lord of the manor, and proprietor of the whole of Allendale. The parish, which is in the diocese of York, (the rest of Northumberland is in the diocese of Durham) has lately been divided into four parts, with four places of worship of the Establishment, viz. the chapels of St. Peter, in the town of Allendale, and of Ninebanks, both rebuilt within a few years ; and those of East and West Allen, recently erected for the use of the mining population. All these are in the gift of Mr. Beaumont. There are also meeting-houses for the Quakers and Wesleyan Methodists. A free grammar-school was founded about the close of the seventeenth century, and endowed by several individuals ; a subscription library was founded in 1825. The market is on Friday, and there are three fairs in the year.