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"ALWINTON, or ALLENTON PARISH. Extends from the borders of Scotland at Makenden, to Burn Foot, near Trewit Mains, a distance of about 14 miles; and from Shill-Moor southward to Farnham, more than 9 miles. It is a mountainous region, lying on the north side of the Coquet river, and stretching from both sides of the river Alwine, which rises 5½ miles N. of Alwinton, and falls into the Coquet, near that village. A poem. entitled "the Marriage of the Coquet and Alwine," by an unknown author, was printed in 1817, for John Adamson, Esq. of Newcastle." [From History, Directory, and Gazetteer of the counties of Durham and Northumberland, Parson and White, 1828]

"ALLENTON, or ALLWINTON, a parish in the ......... county of NORTHUMBERLAND, comprising the townships of Allenton, Biddleston, Borrowdon, Clennell, Fairhaugh, Farnham, Linbriggs, Netherton (North side), Netherton (South side), Peals, and Sharperton" [Samuel Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 © Mel Lockie]

Also covered by the parish records is nearby Harbottle and Holystone



  • Northumberland County Record Office hold copies of Census Returns 1841-1891 and produce a useful handlist 
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN27)
  • 1891 Census Rothbury, Elsdon (Monkridge, Elsdon, Woodside, Hepple, Holystone, Farnham, Wreighill, Linsheels, Linbridge, Kidland, Fairhaugh, Barrow, Alwinton, Clennell, Harbottle, Peels, Sharperton, Burradon and Biddlestone) (PRO piece RG12/4273) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 83) BOTH published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

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.

Description and Travel

  • Photographs of Alwinton, Biddlestone , Harbottle, Holystone - Lady's Well and Woodhouses Bastle from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Nedderton. 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."

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Alwinton 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 Alwinton from the Northumberland National Park website.
  • A history of the village of Holystone from the Northumberland National Park website.
  • A history of the village of Harbottle from the Northumberland National Park website.
  • The history of Alwinton Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 15. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1940. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).
  • The history of Holystone Parochial Chapelry is included in Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 15. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1940. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Alwinton Parish was part of Rothbury Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Rothbury. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office  but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details and maps of Rothbury Workhouse.

Voting Registers

A list of Historical Electoral Registers and Poll books can be accessed here