|Population||495 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
Matfen is a village and a civil parish in Northumberland, England, near the towns of Hexham and Newcastle upon Tyne. It is an example of a 19th-century planned estate village. It was the birthplace of a Premier of British Columbia, William Smithe.
Matfen is a few miles north of Hadrian's Wall. About halfway between the two there is a prehistoric standing stone called Stob Stone, adjacent to Standing Stone Farmhouse. The stone is about seven feet high and decorated with cup marks.
The place-name 'Matfen' is first attested in the Pipe Rolls for 1159, where it appears as Matefen. The name means 'Matta's fen'. The civil parish was formed in 1955 from East Matfen, Fenwick, Ingoe, Kearsley, Ryal and West Matfen.
The Devil's Causeway passes the village less than 2 miles (3 km) to the west. The causeway is a Roman road which starts at Port Gate on Hadrian's Wall, north of Corbridge, and extends 55 miles (89 km) northwards across Northumberland to the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick-upon-Tweed.
- Thomas Bates (1775–1849), eminent stockbreeder, born in Matfen
- William Smithe (1842–1887), 7th premier of British Columbia, born in Matfen
- Lorna Hill (1902–1991), prolific writer for children, wife of the rector of Matfen
- Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics
- Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northumberland, p. 387.
- Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 318.
- "Matfen CP through time". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
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