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Bywell St Peter

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"BYWELL, ST PETER'S is a parish comprising the townships of East Acomb, Apperley, Broomley, Bywell St Andrew and St Peter, Espershields with Millshields, High Fotherly, Healy, Newlands, Newton, Newton Hall, Stelling and the chapelry of Whittonstall. It is bounded by the parishes of Corbridge, Slaley, Ovingham, and Shotley, and a part of the county of Durham, and contains an area of 17,784 acres. Its population in 1801, was 1,303; in 1811, 1,317; in 1821, 1,406; in 1831, 1,478; in 1841, 1,512; and in 1851, 1,674 souls. A portion of this parish is very fertile, with a beautifully diversified surface, but the remainder consists of wild moors, of which about 2,979 acres were enclosed in 1817-18, pursuant to an act of parliament, obtained in 1812. [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
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN15) Bywell, Ovingham, Shotley, Blanchland and Whittonstall (PRO piece HO107/2414 folios 1-268) (Type A) (Book)
  • Northumberland – Bywell (Broomley, Healey, High Fotherley, Espershields, Whittonstall, Newlands, Bywell, Styford, Newton, Stelling, Ovington, Newton Hall, Welton, Broomhaugh, Riding, Newbiggin, Blanchland, Shotley Low Quarter, Nafferton, Ovingham, Wylam, Hedley, Dukershagg and part of Prudhoe) (PRO piece RG12/4244) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 54) BOTH published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

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Church Records


Civil Registration

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

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Historical Geography

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Military Records

Bywell St Peter
9 Nov 1918   A. S Bewick, Private 333370 9th Glasgow Bn Highland light Infantry, age 20, born Stocksfield son of Nicholas and Alice Bewick of Benwell [grave N.E. sec]
13 Nov 1914   Charles Robert Day, Driver 44586 No 1 Depot Royal Field Artillery   [grave N.E sec]
17 Dec 1940   Thomas Murray, Officer Cadet 4457854 Durham Light Infantry, age 22 son of Thomas Ormiston and Emily Victoria gertrude Day of North Sunderland [grave 220]

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bywell St Peter was part of Hexham Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located at Peth Head, Hexham. Some useful records are held at Northumberland Record Office
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details, a map and photographs of Hexham Workhouse.