|Matfen shown within Northumberland|
|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 just a few miles north of Hadrian's Wall, and about half way 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 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.
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