Coordinates: 54°52′33″N 2°20′11″W / 54.8757°N 2.3365°W / 54.8757; -2.3365

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Ninebanks Tower
Ninebanks is located in Northumberland

 Ninebanks shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NY785535
Unitary authority Northumberland
Ceremonial county Northumberland
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NE47
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Hexham
List of places: UK • England • Northumberland


Ninebanks is a small village in south west Northumberland, England in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 8 miles (13 km) north-east of Alston by road. It is noted for the early sixteenth century Ninebanks Tower, sometimes described as a pele tower, but possibly built as a watchtower.[1] It is made of sandstone and has four floors, the lowest of which is now below the level of the road. YHA Ninebanks is a youth hostel situated outside the hamlet at the settlement of Mohope about 1 mile (1½ km) away.

Notable people

Isaac Holden, was born at Redheugh, Mohope around 1804 and baptised nearby at St. Mark's church, Ninebanks in 1805. He was a local philanthropist and a Methodist. His working life began in the lead mines of Mohope and the West Allen, later on he became an itinerant tea seller around the North Pennines. It was a livelihood he combined with community fund raising by selling poems, tracts and even his own portrait. Evidence of his contribution to community life can be seen in the old hearse house at Ninebanks. This was built to keep the "Holden hearse", which he presented to the people of the West Allen valley in 1856. It was his final act of generosity, as he died the following year. The stone built hearse house can still be seen past St. Mark's Church and the old school at Ninebanks and on the same side of the road to Carrshield. There is also a commemorative memorial to Isaac Holden in St. Cuthbert's churchyard in Allendale. The 36-mile (58 km) Isaac's Tea Trail is a circular walk named after him - Isaac's Tea Trail. This passes near the hamlet of Ninebanks.


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