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Holy Island

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"HOLY ISLAND is a parish, eomprising the townships of Holy Island, Fenham, and Goswick, whose united area is 8,296 acres, and its population in 1801, was 601; in 1811, 675; in 1821, 760; in 1831, 836; in 1841, 809; and in 1851, 908 souls." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • Northumberland Country Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN25) Ancroft, Holy Island, Kyloe and Scremerston (PRO piece HO107/2421 folios 1-142) (Type B) (Book)
  • 1891 Census Northumberland – Norhamshire and Islandshire (Buckton, Fenwick, Fenham, Goswick, Beal, Holy Island, Berrington, Kyloe, Ancroft, Cheswick, Haggerston, Scremerston, Horncliffe, Loan End, Longridge, Thornton, Shoreswood, Felkington, Norham Mains, Norham, Grindon, Duddo, Twizell, Tillmouth, Heaton, Cornhill, ship, Unity of Boston) (PRO piece RG12/4269) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 79) BOTH published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish
  • Glenn Bailey has supplied name indexes for the Holy Island census returns of 1851, 1861, and 1871 and will supply full details of entries on request.
  • A list of ships and crews in port during the 1881 census provided by Bob Sanders.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Holy Island area or see them printed on a map.


Church Records


Civil Registration

  • This area is within Northumberland North First 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 Holy Island has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.