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"BOTHAL parish comprises the townships of Ashington and Sheepwash. Bothal Demesne, Longhirst, Oldmoor, and Pegsworth, whose united area is 7,593 acres. The population in 1801, was 622; in 1811, 557; in 1821, 658; in 1831, 755; in 1841, 800; and in 1851, 946 souls. This parish is about three miles in length, by the same in breadth, and is bounded by the parishes of Woodhorm, Ulgham, Hebron and Morpeth; as also by the river Wansbeck, which separates it from Bedlingtonshire." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].




Church History

  • St Andrew's Church, Bothal was built possibly about 882 and enlarged about 1150. Most of the present building, however, dates from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It is situated near the castle in Bothal village, between Ashington and Morpeth.
    Two parishes were subsequently taken out of Bothal parish: Longhirst, St John the Evangelist, in 1876, and Ashington, Holy Sepulchre. in 1887.
  • The Ancestral Indexes website provides information about Ashington, Holy Sepulchre and Longhirst, St John.

Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

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



  • The history of Bothal Parish is included in:- Hodgson, J., History of Northumberland, Part 2, Volume 2. Newcastle, 1832. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.