"BIRTLEY parochial chapelry was separated from the parish of Chollerton in 1765, and received an independent jurisdiction. It includes the townships of Broomhope with Buteland, and anciently formed part of the barony of Prudhoe. It comprises an area of 6,720 acres, and the rateable value is £3,703 15s. Population in 1801, 490; in 1811, 505; in 1821, 480; in 1831, 447; in 1841, 472; and in 1851, 428 souls. The north-east part of this chapelry is mountainous and sterile, but on the banks of the North Tyne, the soil is tolerably fertile. Both coal and lime are found here. It is principally the property of the Duke of Northumberland, ----- Dunn, Esq., Mr. Davison, and Captain Haggartson. The Duke of Northumberland is lord of the manor." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • The Northumberland Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide 
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN20) Falstone, Thorneyburn, Greystead, Bellingham, Corsenbridge, Wark, Thockrington, Kirkharle, Elsdon (part), Kirkwhelpington and Birtley (PRO piece HO107/2417 folios 1-292) (Type A) (Book)
  • 1891 Census Northumberland – Kirkwhelpington (Corsenside, Redesdale, Birtley, Thockrington, West Harle, Kirkwhelpington, Coldwell, Kirkharle and Wark (PRO piece RG12/4253) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 63)

    BOTH published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.


Church Records

Church of England Records.
  • Birtley, St Giles: Records of baptisms 1730-1991, marriages 1730-1976 and burials 1728-1993 are available at Northumberland Record Office
  • Bishops' Transcripts for the period 1769-1834 are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City.
  • The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1728-1875 and marriages 1730-1877 for this parish, but it is not included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Adjacent Parishes.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Birtley 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 NY878780 (Lat/Lon: 55.096272, -2.192708), Birtley which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Birtley Parish was part of Bellingham Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Bellingham. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details, a map and photographs of Bellingham Workhouse.