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Heddon on the Wall

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"HEDDON-ON-THE-WALL parish comprises the townships of Eachwick, Heddon (East), Heddon-on-the-Wall, Heddon (West), Houghton and Closehouse, and Whitchester. It is bounded by the parishes of Newburn, Ovingham, Stamfordham, and Ponteland, and by the river Tyne, which separates it from Durham. It is about four miles in length by the same in breadth, and comprises an area of 4,663 acres. The population in 1801, was 603; in 1811, 653; in 1821, 770; in 1831, 774; in 1841, 753; and in 1851, 813 souls. This parish is very fertile and contains several handsome residences." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide  
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN14)
  • 1891 Census Stamfordham (Kirkheaton, Wallridge, Black Heddon, Bitchfield, Capheaton, East and West Shaftoe, Ryal, Kearsley, Ingoe, Hawkwell, Fenwick, East and West Matfen, Heugh, Ouston, Nesbit, Harlow Hill, Whitchester, Cheeseburn Grange, Dalton, North and South Dissington, Eachwick, East and West Heddon, Rudchester, Heddon on the Wall, Houghton and Close House and Throckley) (PRO piece RG12/4242) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 52)  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 Heddon on the Wall area or see them printed on a map.


Church Records


Civil Registration

  • This area is within Northumberland Central 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 Heddon-on-the-Wall. 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 Heddon on the Wall has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The history of Heddon-on-the-Wall Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 13. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1930. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Heddon on the Wall Parish was part of Castle Ward Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located near the village of Ponteland. 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 Castle Ward Workhouse.