From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Allenheads - - 720612.jpg
Allenheads is located in Northumberland
Allenheads shown within Northumberland
OS grid referenceNY855455
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHEXHAM
Postcode districtNE47
Dialling code01434
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°48′14″N 2°13′37″W / 54.804°N 2.227°W / 54.804; -2.227Coordinates: 54°48′14″N 2°13′37″W / 54.804°N 2.227°W / 54.804; -2.227

Allenheads is a village in Northumberland, England, situated in the Pennines to the north of Weardale. Allenheads is situated 8 miles (13 km) further along the river East Allen from Allendale. Being a former lead mining community, it is widely believed that it would not have existed if it wasn't for the industry, it being too high for other types of settlement.

The village currently hosts The Hemmel (café), Allenheads Contemporary Arts ( The Allenheads Inn and the Heritage Centre. In October 2017 the North Pennines Observatory was opened at the Old School House.

A Lada Samara car in Allenheads, photographed in England - December 1992

The Highforest Show is held on the first Saturday of September each year. The show is a community event, organised by a local committee, and allows the village to showcase its various talents. Each year there is usually a quoits competition, dog show and children's attractions and stalls.


Allenheads is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.


In the 21st century agriculture and tourism provide income. But this community was built on lead mining. It was one of the prime North Pennine mines and when it shut in 1896 this was a devastating blow to the community.[1] The British Steel Corporation reopened the mine as the Beaumont Mine in the 1970s but this was not a success. Fluorspar was then being sought.[2]


It is the location of a preserved William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong of Elswick, Tyne and Wear hydraulic engine. This had been located in the Sawmill.[3] It is now located in a purpose made exhibition hall in the village centre.[4] Several hydraulic engines of this make were installed at the mine here, drawings of another one still exist.[5]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2013-04-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Section on Allenheads (Beaumont) Mine.
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^

External links[edit]

  • Thomas Sopwith wrote a great deal about Allenheads and his key text is available online.