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Allendale

"ALLENDALE is an extensive and hilly parish in the district of Hexhamshire and in general appearance is sterile and desolate, abounding with rugged elevations, which, however, conceal mineral treasures of great value. It is about twelve miles in length by ten in breadth, and comprises an area of 37,267 acres. The population in 1801, was 3,519; in 1811, 3884; in 1821, 4,629; in 1831, 5,540; in l841, 5,729; and in 1851, 6,383 souls. The rateable value is £11,631. ... This parish contains very ? lead mines, the principal of which are at Coalcleugh and Allenheads, where there are several levels nearly a mile in length...." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855]

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Archives and Libraries

Allendale Library, Dawson Place, Allendale, Hexham, NE47 9PP

mylibrary[at]activenorthumberland[dot]org

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Bibliography

  • "Sparty Lea" by J.Norderhaug". ISBN 978-0-9538443-2-6 Wagtail Press
  • "An Allendale Miscellany" by Hubert Dixon". ISBN 978-0859830416
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Biography

Thomas Ritson 1833-1911 Methodist preacher born Lane Head Allendale https://www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk/page/thomas_ritson

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Cemeteries

Allendale Cemetery contact Allendale Parish Council  https://www.allenvalleys.com

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Census

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Chronology

1689 - Sir John Fenwick sold his estate to Sir William Blackett of Wallington, Northumberland. who was the third son of Sir William Blackett of Newcastle, Merchant. He also served as a local MP. 

1705 - On the death of his father, William Blackett succeeded to the estate. 

1728 Walter Calverley son of Walter Calverley of Elshot Yorkshire, and nephew of William Blackett succeeded to the estate with the proviso that he married William's illegitimate daughter Elizabeth Ord and adopt the surname Blackett, there were however no surviving children of the marriage

1777 - the estate passed to the Wentworth family of Bretton Hall Yorkshire

1792 on the death of Sir Thomas Wentworth the estate was left to the illegitimate daughter of Sir Thomas, Diana,  wife of Colonel Richard Beaumont

1832 - The estate passed to Sir Thomas Wentworth Blackett, son of Diana.

1848 The estate passed to Wentworth Blackett Beaumont and it continues with that family

1906 Created First Baron Allendale

1911 Created Viscount Allendale (Wentworth Canning Blackett Beaumont 1860-1923)

Churches

Non Conformist Churches in the Allendale area Society of Friends - Quakers Methodist Primitive and Weslyan

Quaker Burials Allendale 1871 - 1892

CLEMITSON ELENOR ALLENDALE TOWN 24 MAR 1871 63
PATTINSON ABRAHAM SHIELD SCOTLAND ROAD LIVERPOOL 6 JUN 1871 32
GRIEVE THOMAS BLACK CLEUGH ALLENHEADS 19 Dec 1872 62
BEWMENT JOSEPH ESPERSHIELDS BYWELL 23 MAR 1877 2
GRIEVE JOHN HIGH STUDDON 31 AUG 1877 65
STEPHENSON LUCY ALLENDALE TOWN 23 MAR 1881 18
SHIELD [BLANK] WEST SIDE ALLENDALE 21 MAR 1892 I/2 HR
HENDERSON JOHN STONE HALL ALLENDALE 27 SEP 1892 2M

 

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Allendale area or see them printed on a map.

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Church History

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Church Records

  • Allendale - Church Records - links and information.
  • Allendale Baptisms  Bishops Transcripts  1838 - 1842 can be found at

https://northumberlandparishregistertranscriptslocalhistory.wordpress.com

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Civil Registration

  • This area is within Northumberland West Registration District.
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered from Northumberland County Council.
    Order Certificates.
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Court Records

Documents relating to Manorial Records, Court Rolls and Pleas for Allendale are held at Northumberland Record Office and cover the years 1633 - 1743 though this is not a full year by year coverage. The Record Office reference is NRO672/A1 - 15 and NRO672/A1B - A1B/2

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Description and Travel

  • A photograph of Coalpit Houses.
  • Photographs of Allendale from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Allendale, Carr Shield and Catton. They provide "a range of learning resource material that reflects Northumberland's heritage, providing a base for studying the County's history. The website provides a starting point for understanding the development of communities in Northumberland. It also seeks to illustrate the range of sources for family and local history research that are available via Northumberland Archives Service."
  • Allen Valleys Local History Group have a good collection of local photographs https://www.allenvalleys.com

You can see pictures of Allendale which are provided by:

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Emigration and Immigration

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Gazetteers

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Allendale to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Heraldry

Arms of Viscount Allendale : - Gules a lion rampant or armed and langued azure an orle of eight crescents of the second

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Allendale has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

  • The history of Allendale Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 4. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1897.
  • The Whitfields of Allendale - an article by Carol Minson. (N.B. It is not the policy of GENUKI to include or link to items relating to research into individual families or surnames. However, this article contains a substantial amount of material which may be of value to anyone conducting genealogical research in this area.)
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Memorial Inscriptions

Allendale Monumental Inscriptions are available from Northumberland and Durham family History Society in book/cd/or fiche format http://217.199.187.191/ndfhs.org.uk/product-category/northumberland-parish-transcripts-books-fiche-cds/

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Nobility

 Viscount Allendale whose current address is listed as Bywell, Northumberland Wentworth Peter Ismay Beaumont succeeded his father in 2002 as the 4th Viscount Allendale

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Allendale Parish was part of Hexham Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located at Peth Head, Hexham. Some useful records are held at Northumberland Record Office
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details, a map and photographs of Hexham Workhouse.

Towns and Parishes

Partitioned into 8 Divisions known as grieveships viz. Allendale, Broadside, Catton, High Forest, Low Forest, Keenley Park and West Allen Allen Mill 1m NW : Allenheads (village) 8m S; Allenheads Mill 7m S; Bates hill 5m W by S; Carr Shield 7.5m SW; Catton (village) 2m NW; Catton Beacon 3m N; CoalCleugh (village) 8m SW; Dove Pool 7.5m S; Green Lea Cleugh 5m W by S; Hawksteel 2m W; Keenley 2m W; Limestone Brae 6.5m SW; Nine Banks (village) 5m W by S; Old Town 3m NW; Pease meadows 6m S; Riding 0.5m NW; St Peters 5m S; Studden 1.5m S; Synderhope 3m S; Taylor Burn 6m W by S; Thornley Gate 0.75m NW; Whiteley Shield Green 7m SW

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Voting Registers

Electoral Registers are availabe at Northumberland Archives, QEII Country Park Ashington NE63 9YF 01670 624455 and The local Studies and Family History Centre newcastle Central Library https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/sites/default/files/wwwfileroot/leisure-libraries-and-tourism/electoralregistermainsbodynew.pdf