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"BRINKBURN is a parochial chapelry in the eastern division of Coquetdale Ward, and western division of Morpeth Ward, comprising the townships of Brinkburn High Ward, Brinkburn Low Ward, and Brinkburn South Side, whose united area is 3,377 acres. Its population in 1801, was 260; in 1811, 209; in 1821, 277; in 1831, 235; in 1841, 208; and in 1851, 225 souls. The soil in this district is generally fertile, and limestone and coal are found in considerable quantities. Brinkburn has been separated from the parochial chapelry of Long Framlington, with which it was returned prior to 1841." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841-1891 and provides a useful User Guide


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


Church Records

Church of England Records.
  • Brinkburn Priory, St Peter and St Paul: Records of baptisms 1865-1976, marriages 1867-1941 and burials 1874-1960 are available at Northumberland Record Office
  • Bishops' Transcripts are included with those of Longframlington and are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City.
  • Brinkburn Parish is not included on the IGI or in Boyd's Marriage Index.
  • A transcript of monumental inscriptions at Brinkburn (microfiche TN78) is published by Northumberland and Durham Family History Society and these records are also available in book form at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Department.
Adjacent Parishes.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brinkburn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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