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"BELFORD is a parish chiefly in the northern division of Bambrough Ward, and partly in Islandshire, an insulated portion of the county formerly belonging to the county of Durham. It is bounded on the north by Islandshire, on the west by the parish of Chatton, on the south by Bambrough parish, and on the east by the German Ocean. It extends four miles and a half from east to west, and about three miles from north to south, and comprises the market town of Belford, and the townships of Detchant, Easington Grange, Elwick, Middleton, and Ross. The area of the parish is 11,604 acres, and its population in 1801, was 1,324; in 1811, 1,473; in 1821, 1,783; in 1831, 2,030; in 1841, 1,789; and in 1851, 1,857 souls. Like the adjoining parishes, Belford abounds in coal, lime-stone, and building stone, the soil is very fertile." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • "A Poor Little House." by Janetta Bowen. ISBN 1904623328, Writers Printshop 2005. The story of Belford Union Workhouse and its people from 1836 to 1930.


  • Northumberland Record Office hold copies of 1841 - 1891 census and provide a useful User Guide
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN28) Belford and Bamburgh (PRO piece HO107/2420 folios 1-250) (Type B) (Book)
  • Census 1891 Northumberland – Belford (Belford, Middleton, Detchant, Outchester, Mousen, Warenton, Easington, Lucker, Ratchwood, Warrenford, Adderstone, Newham, Chathill, Ellingham, Preston, Newstead, Beadnell, Swinhoe, Tughall, North Sunderland, Elford, Fleatham, Bradford, Glororum Burton, Shoreston, Bamburgh, Budle, Spindleston, Farne Islands) (PRO piece RG12/4266) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 76) BOTH published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.


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


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

  • The Belford section of North Northumberland Online
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Belford. 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 Belford has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The history of Belford Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 1. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1893.
  • LNER Wartime Evacuation Documents N.EVAC 2 and N.EVAC 3 describing the arrangements for evacuating children from Newcastle and Gateshead to rural parts of Northumberland (including Belford), Co Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland and Westmorland. The second document includes lists of schools with details of their places and times of departure and their destinations.

Military Records

Belford St Mary
10 Nov 1941   Cuthbert Edward Shield, Sergeant 959713 RAF Volunteer Reserve 217 squadron, age 26 son of George and mary Shield, husband of Hilda James Shield of Denton Burn

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Belford 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.
  • "A Poor Little House." by Janetta Bowen. ISBN 1904623328, Writers Printshop 2005. The story of Belford Union Workhouse and its people from 1836 to 1930.