Haydon Bridge


"HAYDON parochial chapelry, the property of the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital, and others, is divided for highway purposes into the quarters or divisions of Brokenheugh, Deanraw, Ellerington, and Lipwood. It contains 13,688 acres, and its rateable value is £14,106. The number of its inhabitants in 1801, was 1,084; in 1811, 1,347; in 1821, 1,574; in 1831, 1,746; in 1841, 1,908; and in 1851, 2,085 souls. The manor of Haydon was formerly the property of Anthony, Lord Lucy, of Cockermouth, who, in 1344 obtained a charter from Edward III., in which permission was granted to hold a weekly market here on Tuesdays, and an annual fair on the feast of St. Mary Magdalen, and the three following days, but these privileges have long been disused. This chapelry is intersected by the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, which has a station here, near to which are the Haydon Bridge Irons Works, established in 1843, and extensively carried on by Messrs. Coaltas Dodsworth and Co. There are also mills for the smelting of lead ore, at Langley, worked by Messrs. Shield and Co., and at Grindon Hill, a Lead Mining Company has been recently formed. On Ellfoot Hill, a cist vaen, containing some ashes, was discovered by Mr. Thomas Pickering in 1851, and several ancient silver coins were lately found in an adjoining field." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].

"HAYDON, a chapelry in the parish of WARDEN, north-western division of TINDALE ward, county of NORTHUMBERLAND, ..... The village of Haydon- Bridge, situated on both sides of the South Tyne river, is in this chapelry........" [Samuel Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 © Mel Lockie]

"HAYDON, (or Haydon-bridge), a chapelry in the parish of Warden, .... The chapelry contains the hamlets of Brockenheugh, Lipwood, Ellerington, Chesterwood, Langley, and Deanrow...... " The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)  Colin Hinson ©2003]



  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN17) Allendale and Haydon Bridge (PRO piece HO107/2415 folios 1-320) (Type A) (Book) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide

Church History


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.

Description & Travel

  • Photographs of Haydon Bridge from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.;
  • The Haydon News Website .
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Haydon Bridge. 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 Haydon Bridge which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The history of Haydon Bridge Parish is included in:- Hodgson, J., History of Northumberland, Part 2, Volume 3. Newcastle, 1840. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY842644 (Lat/Lon: 54.973959, -2.248361), Haydon Bridge which are provided by:


Military Records

Haydon Bridge St Cuthbert
8 September 1914   Robert Cullen Patterson, Private 14620319 Pioneer Corps,age 22 [grave Churchyard extension NE of entrance]
2 October 1917   Charles Thomson, Sergeant 205497 Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, age 33 [grave Extension I]
11 May 1941   Joseph Hector Philipson, Leading Aircraftman 989765 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 29  [grave N E entrance ]
23 Oct 1946   Horace Lax, Cpl 1109847 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 37 son of Horace and Esther Lax (formerly Scott), husband of Margaret I Lax (formerly Rodger) of Haydon Bridge [grave N E of entrance]



Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Haydon Bridge Parish 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