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"CARHAM PARISH is situated at the north-west corner of Northumberland, being bounded on the north and west by Scotland, on the south by the Beaumont rivulet, and on the east by the parishes of Branxton and Ford. Though it is about 6 miles in length from east to west, and 4 miles in breadth from north to south, it is not properly divided into townships, but contains the following hamlets, viz.- Carham, Downham, Hagg, East and West Learmouth, Mindrum, Moneylaws, Presson, Shidlaw, Tithehill, Wark and Wark Common, which together contained, in 1801, a population of 1192 persons, who, in 1811, had increased to 1316, and in 1821, to 1370, consister on 242 families, resident in 240 houses....." [From History, Directory, and Gazetteer of the counties of Durham and Northumberland, Parson and White, 1828]



  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide .
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN34)
  • 1891Census Northumberland – Ford (Carham, Wark, Downham, Presson, Branxton, Ford, Etal and New Etal, Crookham, Kimmerston, Berryhill, Lowick, Bowsden, Barmoor, Holburn, Millfield, Crookhouse, Lanton, Coupland, Coupland, Howtell, Kilham, Paston, Coldsmouth and Thompsons Wall, Kirknewton, Westnewton, Yeavering, Hethpool and Greys Forest) (PRO piece RG12/4270) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 80) 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 Carham area or see them printed on a map.


Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Wark-on-Tweed. 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 Carham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




Military Records

Carham St Cuthbert
3 September 1914 - Andrew Smith Hutchinson, Private 4418, 8th Bn. Kings own Scottish Borderers age 19 son of Thomas William and Agnes Hutchinson  of Panama Cottage Cornhill on Tweed. [grave: S.E.Section]

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Carham Parish was part of Glendale Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Wooler. Some records are held at Berwick Record Office but do not relate to individuals.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details and photographs of Glendale Workhouse.