Kirkharle


Kirkharle is a small village in Northumberland, located a mile and a half SW of Wallington and 2 miles SE of Kirkwhelpington. In medieval times it was a more sizable village[1]. Notable landmarks today are Kirkharle Hall and lake, St Wilfred's Church (a Grade I listed building), Kirkharle Manor; there is also the Loraine Monument Sone (1728). Kirkharle was the birthplace of Capability Brown, the celebrated 18th century landscape architect, who served as apprentice gardener at Kirkharle Hall.

Kirkharle (otherwise Kirk Harle) is a hamlet in the county of Northumberland in Northern England located about 12 miles west of the town of Morpeth, just to the west of the crossroads of the A696 and B6342 roads.

Landmarks

Kirkharle Hall was a country house at Kirkharle, the former seat of the Loraine family, now much reduced and in use as a farmhouse.

A mile to the north of Kirkharle is Little Harle Tower, an 18th and 19th century mansion which incorporates a 15th or 16th century pele tower.

Religious sites

Before the village gained the kirk (church) element it was called Herle (recorded 1177)

. Herle comes from the Old English "Herela-lea" which means "Herela's Grove" or "herg-leah" which means "temple-grove", a place of worship for the pre-Christian Angles. Other early forms included Kyrkeherle (c.1250), Kyrkherll (1346) and Kirkehirle (1428).

The current church, dedicated to St Wilfrid, was built in the fourteenth century. Among the quaint epitaphs in the church upon departed Loraines is the following: Here lyes the Body of Richard Loraine, Esq., who was a proper handsome man of good sense and behaviour : he dy'd a Batcheler of an Appoplexy walking in a green field near London, October 26th, 1738, in the 38 Year of his Age.

The Loraine Baronets acquired it by marriage the manor from the De Harles who owned it in the 14th century, and derived their name (literally "of Harle") from the village.

Notable people

Kirkharle's most famous son is Capability Brown the notable landscape gardener whose father was employed by the Loraines at Kirkharle Hall. The artist and fox hunter Charles Loraine Smith was born to a Loraine and adopted the name of Smith whilst a boy.

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