Haltwhistle in 1839
Haltwhistle, is in the west division of Tindale ward 285 miles from London. The parish contains 52,930 acres, and is divided into thirteen townships. The population of the whole parish, in 1831, was 4,119 ; that of Haltwhistle township, 1,018. The town is on an eminence on the northern bank of the South Tyne, and consists of one principal street, running east and west along the road from Newcastle by Hexham to Carlisle, and of some smaller streets ; the streets are neither paved nor lighted. The Haltwhistle Burn, a small stream from the north, passes the east end of the town in its course to the Tyne. The houses are poor and irregularly built. At the east end of the town is an eminence, called the Castle Banks, on which are some rude fortifications of earth of unascertained origin.
The only manufacture carried on is that of baize. There are a small market on Thursday, and two yearly fairs, chiefly for cattle. There are many coal-pits in the parish, in which 100 men are employed, besides boys. The living is a vicarage, of the clear yearly value of £593, with a glebe-house. There were in Haltwhistle township, in 1833, one endowed and three other day-schools, with 183 children, and one Sunday-school, with 143 children. In the rest of the parish there were eight day-schools, with 215 children, and three Sunday-schools, with 164 children.