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"ALNHAM is a small village, near the source of the Aln river, 9 miles NNW. of Rothbury, and 13 miles W. of Alnwick. This small parish is bounded on the east by Whittingham, on the south by Allenton, on the west by Kidland, and on the north by Ingram. It is sometimes called Yarwell, and was formerly a place of consequence. The Church is dedicated to St Michael .... Alnham has evidently been an important place in the time of the ancient Britons and Romans. A little to the south is Black Chester, which was occupied by the Romans; and on a hill, a mile west of Alnham, is a semi-circular encampment, defended by two outward rampires and a deep fosse, with an inner circle of uncemented stones. The interior area is 100 yards in diameter, and shows many vestiges of buildings" [From History, Directory, and Gazetteer of the counties of Durham and Northumberland, Parson and White, 1828]

"ALNHAM, a parish in the ........ county of NORTHUMBERLAND, comprising the townships of Alnham, Prendick, Screnwood, and Unthank, ........." [Samuel Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 © Mel Lockie]



  • Northumberland County Record Office hold copies of Census returns 1841-1891 and provides a useful User Guide
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN27) published by the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish
  • 1891 Census Wooler (Screnwood, Alnham, Prendwick, Unthank, Netherton, North and South Side, Great and Little Ryle, Callaley and Yetlington, Lorbottle, Whittingham, Snitter, High and Low Trewitt, Cartington, Thropton, Warton, Flotterton Mount Healey, Rothbury, Whitton, Newtown, Tosson, Bickerton, Caistron, Fallowlees, Hollinghill, Hesleyhurst Row, Brinkburn High and Low Ward, Longframlington, Todburn, Wingates, Ritton Colt Park, Ritton White House, Ewesley, Healey and Combe Hill, Nunneykirk, Coatyards, Greenleighton, Harwood Fairnley, Hartington, Hartington Hall and Rothley) (PRO piece RG12/4272) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 82) published by the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.


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


Church History

An excellent church history can be viewed at


Church Records


Civil Registration

  • This area is within Northumberland North Second Registration District.
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered from Northumberland County Council.

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Description and Travel

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  • National Burial Index for Alnham covers burials for the period 1727-1851 and is available on cd
  • Copies of the Parish registers for Alnham are available from
  • A printed version of the early registers can be viewed online at
  • The Local Studies Section at Newcastle City Library holds transcripts of the registers and Monumental Inscriptions

Historical Geography

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



  • A history of the village of Alnham from the Northumberland National Park website.
  • The history of Alnham Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 14. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1935. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).

Military Records

Alnham War Memorial -

Monumental Inscriptions

Monumental Inscriptions for Alnham are availabe to purchase from Northumberland and Durham Family History Society or available to view at The Local Studies Centre Newcastle Central Library or Northumberland Local Studies Centre


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.