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Tarset is located in Northumberland
Tarset shown within Northumberland
Population 289 (2011(including Greystead))[1]
OS grid reference NY792854
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HEXHAM
Postcode district NE48
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
55°09′47″N 2°19′41″W / 55.163°N 2.328°W / 55.163; -2.328Coordinates: 55°09′47″N 2°19′41″W / 55.163°N 2.328°W / 55.163; -2.328

Tarset is a civil parish in Northumberland, England, created in 1955 from parts of Bellingham, Tarset West and Thorneyburn parishes.[2] It is 4 miles (6 km) west-north-west of Bellingham. It is partly located within the Northumberland National Park,[3] and also mostly within the international dark skies park.[4]


Dally Castle

The Comyns, Scottish knights, were established in Tynedale in the 12th century and the manor of Tarset was granted to William Comyn in around 1222. Licence to crenellate was granted to John Comyn in 1267, and Tarset Castle was built half a mile south-west of the present village, of which only grassed-over remains can now be seen. Two miles to the south-west on Birks Moor are the remains of the fortified house known as Dally Castle, believed to have been erected by David Linsey in his manor of Chirdon.


Tarset is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.


Tarset has a population of 196.[5] In 1831, its population was 169.[6] In 1968, its population was 149.


Tarset was served by Tarset railway station on the Border Counties Railway which linked the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, near Hexham, with the Border Union Railway at Riccarton Junction. The first section of the route was opened between Hexham and Chollerford in 1858, the remainder opening in 1862.[7] The line was closed to passengers by British Railways in 1956. Part of the line is now beneath the surface of Kielder Water.

Notable people[edit]

John Candlish – politician, Liberal mayor of Sunderland, shipbuilder and glass-bottle manufacturer, owner of Sunderland Beacon and founder of Sunderland News.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time: Tarset Civil Parish
  3. ^ Northumberland National Park interactive map
  4. ^ Northumberland international dark sky park location map
  5. ^ Census 2001
  6. ^ Samuel Lewis (1831). "Tarset". A Topographical Dictionary of England. S. Lewis. p. 268. 
  7. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tarset at Wikimedia Commons