"ILDERTON parish is bounded on the north by Wooler and Doddington, on the west by the Cheviots, on the south by Ingram, and on the east by Eglingham. It comprises the townships of Ilderton, Middleton Hall, Middleton North, Middleton South, Roddam, and Roseden, whose united area is 9,670 acres. The population in 1801, was 475; in 1811, 502; in 1821, 579; in 1831, 602; in 1841, 585; and in 1851, 641 souls. The eastern portion of this parish consists of a light gravelly soil while the western part is chiefly moss and heather. The surface is hilly and to the south-west the parish extends to the summit of Hedgehope, one of the Cheviot Hills. It has for its southern limit the river Breamish, and is intersected by the Caldgate, Lilburn, Roddam, and several minor streams." [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 CN35)
  • 1891 Census Wooler (Doddington, Nesbit, Fenton, Ewart, Earle, Humbleton, Middleton Hall, North and South Middleton, Ilderton, Roseden, Roddam, Selbys Forest, Akeld, Woller, Chatton, Chillingham, Hepburn, Newton, East and West Lilburn, Old and New Bewick, Brandon, Wooperton, Branton, Fawdon and Clinch, Reavley, Linhope, Greenside Hill and Hartside) (PRO piece RG12/4271) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 81)  BOTH published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church History


Church Records

Church of England Records.
  • Ilderton, St Michael: Records of baptisms 1724-1900, marriages 1727-1904 and burials 1727-1930 are available at Northumberland Record Office
  • Bishops' Transcripts for the period 1765-1869 are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City.
  • The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1724-1812 and marriages 1727-1812 for this parish, 
  • Boyd's Marriage Index includes marriages 1727-1812 and banns 1751-1812.
  • Transcripts of baptisms 1724-1812, marriages and burials 1727-1812 and banns 1754-1812 for Ilderton are available in the Local Studies Departments of Newcastle Central Library and Gateshead Central Library.
Adjacent Parishes.

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 & Travel

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Historical Geography

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



  • The history of Ilderton Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 14. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1935. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).


  • Ilderton - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT999221 (Lat/Lon: 55.492257, -2.003674), Ilderton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Ilderton Parish was part of Glendale Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Wooler. Some records are held at Berwick on Tweed Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.