"LAMBLEY PARISH. This parish comprises the joint townships of Lambley and Asholme, whose unlted area is 2,698 acres, and rateable value £1,489. The population in 1801, was 209; in 1811, 254; in 1821, 261; in 1831, 252; in 1841, 249; and in 1851, 365 souls The landowners are Robert R. Allgood, Esq. who is also lord of the manor, and Henry Whitfield, Esq. This district is very beautiful, being interspersed with fine woods, and ornamented with thriving plantations, on each side of the South Tyne, which here rolls over rugged stones, and down the ledge of shelving rocks, forming a striking contrast with the extensive heaths of the neighbouring district, which is studded with lofty mountains. The only remains of antiquity in tbis parish, is tbe old fortress of Castle-hill, which is situated opposite to Harper Town, and defended on three sides by tbe natural slope of the river bank, and on the fourth, by a dry trench of some depth. The Alston and Haltwhistle branch line of railway crosses the river Tyne, at the east end of this parish. The viaduct is upwards of 110 feet in height, thirty-five feet in breadth at the base, and eighteen feet at the top. It has nine main arches of sixty-six feet span each, and seven smaller ones of twenty feet span each. Lambley Colliery, in this parish, is worked by Mrs. Maria Thompson." [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 https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/  

Church Records

Church of England Records.
  • Lambley, St Mary and St Patrick: Records of baptisms 1742-1913, marriages 1742-1951 and burials 1742-1904 are available at Northumberland Record Office
  • The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1742-1812 and marriages 1754-1812 for this parish
  • Boyd's Marriage Index includes marriages 1743-1812.
  • Transcripts of baptisms, burials and marriages for the period 1742-1851 are available at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Dept. and for 1742-1812 at Gateshead Central Library, Local Studies Dept. A transcript of monumental inscriptions at Lambley and Coanwood (microfiche TN73) is published by Northumberland and Durham Family History Society and these records are also available in book form at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Department.
Adjacent Parishes.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

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  • The history of Lambley 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 NY691575 (Lat/Lon: 54.911667, -2.482994), Lambley which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Lambley Parish was part of Haltwhistle Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Haltwhistle.