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"ANCROFT PAROCHIAL CHAPELRY. Consists of the four townships of Ancroft, Cheswick, Haggerston, and Scremerston, and the three villages of Ancroft, Cheswick, and Greensis, the joint populations of which, in 1801, amounted to 1144, in 1811 to 1236, and, in 1821, to 1378 persons, comprising 266 families, living in 255 houses, which, with the other buildings and lands in the chapelry, were estimated, in 1823, for the Durham county rate, at the annual value of £10,542 10s." [From History, Directory, and Gazetteer of the counties of Durham and Northumberland, Parson and White, 1828]



  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful handlist  
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN25) Ancroft, Holy Island, Kyloe and Scremerston (PRO piece HO107/2421 folios 1-142) (Type B) (Book)
  • 1891 Census  Northumberland – Norhamshire and Islandshire (Buckton, Fenwick, Fenham, Goswick, Beal, Holy Island, Berrington, Kyloe, Ancroft, Cheswick, Haggerston, Scremerston, Horncliffe, Loan End, Longridge, Thornton, Shoreswood, Felkington, Norham Mains, Norham, Grindon, Duddo, Twizell, Tillmouth, Heaton, Cornhill, ship, Unity of Boston) (PRO piece RG12/4269) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 79) BOTH published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish

Church History


Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

  • Photographs of Cheswick Sands from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Ancroft and Scremerston. 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 Ancroft has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Military Records


Ancroft St Anne
14 Dec 1916   Bernard Vernon Gordon,  2nd Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, age 18  [grave S.E section]

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.