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"ELLINGHAM is a parish comprising the townships of Charlton North, Charlton South, Chathill, Doxford, Ellingham, and Preston, whose united area is 9,124 acres. It is bounded on the north by Bambrough parish, on the west and south, by Eglingham parish and Coquetdale Ward, and on the east by Embleton. It is about five and a half miles long by five miles broad, and its population in 1801, was 749; in 1811, 691; in 1821, 801; in 1831, 953; in 1841, 861; and in 1851, 936 souls. Coal and lime are abundant in this parish." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • A History of Northumberland Vol 2 by Edward Bateson 1895  available to view at the Local Studies Centre Newcastle City Library [shelf ref. LOCAS]


  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide
  • 1891Census Northumberland – Embleton (Edlingham, Eglingham, Longhoughton, Craster, Dunstan, Embleton, Newton by the Sea, Rock and Rennington (PRO piece RG12/4265) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 75) published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church History


Church Records

  • Ellingham - Church Records - links and information.
  • The register of Ellingham a transcription of the earliest register by G.G. Baker Cresswell 1905 available at the Local Studies Centre Newcastle City Library [Shelf ref. L929.3 E46]

Civil Registration

  • This area is divided between Northumberland North First Registration District and 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 Ellingham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




Land and Property

Ellingham Hall

Built by Sir john Haggerston in the Seventeenth Century on the site of an earlier possibly medieval property. The hall was enlarged by his successor Edward Haggerston but suffered severe fire damage that destroyed most of the East wing. in World War Two it was used by the Women's Land Army who cultivated the Tennis Courts and used parts of the building as storage. from 1955 to 1988 it was used as a preparatory school for boys. it was bought by Property Developers in 1989, but the economic crash of that year prevented any development and it was compulsory purchased. It lay empty until 1995 when it was purchased by the present owners Helen and Aiden Ruff, who have restored and refurbished the hall and is now used as a venue for weddings, meetings, holidays.


Military Records

Lest We Forget
Ellingham St Maurice
28 Jun 1919   E Millar, gunner 118115 Royal Garrison Artillery, age 21 son of William and Mary Millar of Woodcott,  Ellingham [grave N.W. Section]
27 Oct 1916   Thomas James Romaines, private 3571 7th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 22 son of Thomas and Jane Romaines of Lowick [grave N. W.Section]
31 Dec 1917   C. Brown, Private 42822 1st Garrison Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, age 31 son of the late James and Margaret Dixon Brown of Ford Northumberland, [grave N.W. section]

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Ellingham Parish was part of Belford Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in West Street, Belford. Some records are held at Berwick on Tweed Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details, map and photographs of BelfordWorkhouse.