"FELTON, a parish, partly in the east division of Coquetdale Ward, and partly in the east division of Morpeth Ward, comprises the townships of Acton and Old Felton, Bockenfield, Elyhaugh, Eshott, Felton, Greens and Glantlees, Swarland, and Thirston East and West with Shothaugh. It is bounded by the parishes of Warkworth, Hebburn, Long Framlington, Alnwick, and Shilbottle, and comprises an area of 12,830 acres Population in 1801, 1,393; 1811, 1,409; in 1821, 1,491; in 1831, 1,576; in 1841, 1,585; and in 1851, 1,574 souls. The soil of this parish is various but chiefly incumbent upon strong clay, and is well suited for grain crops. There are some coal seams here, but they are not much worked." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  •  A History of Northumberland by John C  Hodgeson  volume 7 includes Felton 1840, reprinted 2016




  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide  
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN24, CN31) Warkworth, Felton, Shilbottle and Lesbury (PRO piece HO107/2419 folios-275) (Type B) (Book) and Woodhorn, Widdrington, Ulgham, Warkworth (part), Bothal, Hebron & Felton (part) (PRO piece HO 107/2418 folios 461-641) (Type B) (Book) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • The Felton and Swarland Local History Society have published the following:
    • Index of Census Returns Vol 1, 1841 - 1851
    • Index of Census Returns Vol 2, 1861 - 1871
    • Index of Census Returns Vol 3, 1881 - 1891
    (The above volumes cover the villages of Acton, Bockenfield, Elyhaugh, Eshott, Felton, Guyzance, Hazon, Newton on the Moor Swarland and East and West Thirston. In addition, Vol 2 has a complete burial record, from 1819, of St Wilfrid's Chapel, Guyzance as an appendix and Vol 3 has a strays listing for 1851 from surrounding Enumeration Districts of people giving their birthplace in the Felton district.) They are also available to view at the Local Studies Section of Newcastle City Library - See Local Studies Guide 2 Census Records
  • 1851 census Index compiled by J and E Ward includes Felton  available at the Local Studies Centre Newcastle City Library shelf number [L312]

Church Records


Civil Registration

  • This area is divided between Northumberland North 2nd Registration District (Superintendent Registrar, Register Office, 6 Market Place, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1HP) and Northumberland Central Registration District (Superintendent Registrar, Register Office, 94 Newgate Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1BU). Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be obtained from the addresses shown. If ordering certificates from a District Office, please note the following:
    1. The cost of a certificate is currently (from 1st April 2003) £ 7.00 - send a Sterling cheque payable to the Superintendent Registrar plus return postage or two International Reply Coupons;
    2. The G.R.O. (St Catherine's) Index references are of no value;
    3. For marriage certificates, the precise place of marriage must be given;
    4. Civil Registration in England and Wales began on July 1st 1837.

Description & Travel

  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Felton. 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."
You can see pictures of Felton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The history of Felton Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 7. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1904. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).


  • Felton - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NU161010 (Lat/Lon: 55.302448, -1.747599), Felton which are provided by:


Military Records

Lest We Forget
Felton Cemetery
3 Mar 1941   Edward Fenwick, Sergeant 939539 115 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 23 son of Mr and Mrs Ernest Fenwick of Jesmond Newcastle [grave C of E Plot left of path]
17 Mar 1942   George Elliott, W/O 2nd Class 2872447 9th Bn Gordon Highlanders [grave Non Cons right of path]
8 Apr 1943   Robert Fairbairn Davison Sergeant 1123089 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age age 28 son of Joseph and Jane Davison of Alnwick [grave Non Cons right of path]
14 Oct 1915   John Grey, Private 257 Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry Ontario regiment, age 35 (born Felton), son of Nicholas and Margaret Grey of Calgary Alberta Canada [grave E Section]
Felton St Michael
20 Nov 1915   Thomas Bowey, Private 447016 9th Bn Canadian Infantry, age 30 son of Robert and Annie Bowey of West Thirston, Northumberland [grave Special Memorial]

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Felton Parish was part of Alnwick Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located at Bondgate Without, Alnwick. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.


  • The Felton and Swarland Local History Society: Membership enquiries should be sent to:- Mr David Bradbrook, 2 Kenmore Road, Swarland, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 9JS, United Kingdom.