"GREYSTEAD parish comprises the townships of Chirdon and Smalesmouth, which were separated from the ancient parish of Simonburn by act of parliament, in 1811, and consists principally of moors and mountains, which abound with various kinds of game. It extends between Chirdon-burn and Smales-burn, and from the south side of the North Tyne to the borders of Cumberland. The pariah is about eight miles in length by four and a half in breadth, and comprises an area of 17,745 acres. The population in 1801, was 199; in 1811, 230; in 1821, 246; in 1831, 250; in 1841, 219; and in 1851, 251 souls." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].
- Some fascinating early 20th century photographs of the North Tyne area have been published in:- "North Tyneside Traveller 1912-1937 - The Photographs of W.P. Collier of Bellingham" edited by S.F.Owen and published in 1998 by The Heritage Centre, Bellingham, Northumberland, NE48 2AU
- Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide
- The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN20) Falstone, Thorneyburn, Greystead, Bellingham, Corsenbridge, Wark, Thockrington, Kirkharle, Elsdon (part), Kirkwhelpington and Birtley (PRO piece HO107/2417 folios 1-292) (Type A) (Book) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
Church of England Records.
- Greystead, St Luke: Records of marriages 1819-1976 are available at Northumberland Record Office
- Bishops' Transcripts for the period 1818-1852 are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City.
- Greystead is not included in the IGI or in Boyd's Marriage Index.
- A transcript of monumental inscriptions (microfiche TN84) 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.
- This area is within Northumberland West Registration District.
- Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered from Northumberland County Council.
- The section of The National Gazetteer (1868) relating to this parish - transcribed by Colin Hinson.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Greystead to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Greystead has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- The history of Greystead Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 15. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1940. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY709813 (Lat/Lon: 55.125115, -2.458233), Greystead which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- Greystead Parish was part of Bellingham Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Bellingham. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
- Peter Higginbotham has provided details, a map and photographs of Bellingham Workhouse.