"BEADNELL is a chapelry, township and village, containing 743 acres of land, the property of Thomas Wood Craster, Esq., and others. The annual value is £1,318 4s. 10d., and the number of its inhabitants in 1801, was 223; in 1811, 291; in 1821, 213; in 1831, 251; in 1841, 323; and in 1851, 326 souls. The increase of population is owing to the erection of lime kilns, and the opening of a new colliery. Lands were formerly held in this chapelry by the Harding and Forster familes." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].


A parochial chapelry in Bambrough parish



  • Northumberland County Record Office hold copies of Census Returns 1841-1891 and produce a useful handlist
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN28) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church Records

Church of England Records.
  • Beadnell, St Ebba: Records of baptisms 1766-1902, marriages 1767-1781, 1855-1902 and burials 1766-1935 are available at Northumberland Record Office
  • Bishops' Transcripts for the period 1767-1838 are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City.
  • The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1766-1812 for this parish
  • Boyd's Marriage Index includes marriages 1767-1800 and banns 1767-1781.
  • Transcripts of baptisms 1766-1812, marriages 1767-1781 and burials 1766-1812 are available at Tyne and Wear Archives Service and in the Local Studies Departments of Newcastle Central Library and Gateshead Central Library.
Adjacent Parishes.
  • The following parishes are adjacent to Beadnell:- Bamburgh.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NU230292 (Lat/Lon: 55.555954, -1.636958), Beadnell which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Beadnell Parish was part of Belford Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in West Street, Belford. Some records are held at Berwick on Tweed Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details, map and photographs of BelfordWorkhouse.