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"KIRKHAUGH PARISH. This parish occupies the south-western extremity of the county, and is bounded on the north and west by Knaresdale, and on the south by the parish of Alston, in the adjoining county of Cumberland, and on the east by Whitfield. It comprises an area of 6,665 acres, the property of various owners, and its rateable value is £1,355 5s. The population in 1801, was 275; in 1811, 339; in 1821, 286; in 1831, 309; in 1841, 221; and in 1851, 286 souls. The manorial rights are vested in the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital. This is a mountainous district, and is intersected by the South Tyne, which rises near Alston, in Cumberland. About half a mile south-west of the parish church, on the farm called Castle Nook, is the site of a Roman station, supposed by some antiquarians to be the Alione of the Notitia, but subsequent inquiries have shown this supposition to be groundless. It occupies an irregular descent, inclining to the east, and its walls enclose an area of nearly nine acres. It is overlooked by hills on the west, where it is defended by ten breastworks and trenches, which have also flanked the north-west and south-west sides, two of them extending around the whole area of the station. Several 'Roman Remains' have been found here. The MAIDEN WAY passes near the eastern wall of the station, which is now covered with irregular heaps of ruins. THE PARISH CHURCH is a small unpretending edifice, situated on the east side of the South Tyne, two and a half miles north by west of Alston, and nine and a half miles south by west of Haltwhistle." [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 CN19) Whitfield, Kirkhaugh, Knarsdale, Lambley and Haltwhistle (PRO piece HO107/2416 folios 1-273) (Type A) (Book)
  • 1891 Census Whitfield, Kirkhaugh, Knarsdale, Slaggyford, Lambley and Harper (PRO piece RG12/4250) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 60)  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 Kirkhaugh area or see them printed on a map.


Church Records


Civil Registration

  • This area is within Northumberland West Registration District.
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered from Northumberland County Council.

Description and Travel

  • The South Tyneside Preservation Society operates a narrow-gauge railway service between Alston, Cumbria (formerly Cumberland) and Kirkhaugh, Northumberland. The track-bed is that of the Haltwhistle to Alston branch railway which closed to passengers in 1976.

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Historical Geography

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



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

Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Kirkhaugh Parish was part of Haltwhistle Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Haltwhistle. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details and a map of Haltwhistle Workhouse.