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"LESBURY is a parish comprising the townships of Alnmouth, Bilton, and Lesbury, and is bounded on the north by Long Houghton, on the west by Alnwick, on the south by High Buston and Shilbottle, and on the east by the German Ocean. It contains 2,624 acres, and the number of its inhabitants in 1801, was 874; in 1811, 858; in 1821, 982; in 1831, 976; in 1841, 1,108; and in 1851, it had increased to 1,238 souls. A portion of this parish extends across the river Aln into Coquetdale Ward." [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 CN31) Warkworth, Felton, Shilbottle and Lesbury (PRO piece HO107/2419 folios-275) (Type B) (Book)
  • 1891 Census Warkworth (Amble, Gloster Hill, Hauxley, Radcliffe, Morwick, Togstone, Acklington, Acklington Park, Lesbury, Bilton, Alnmouth, ships in port and Coquet Lighthouse) (PRO piece RG12/4262) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 72) BOTH published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church History


Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

  • Photographs of Alnmouth and Alnmouth Bay from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Alnmouth and Lesbury. 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 Lesbury has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The history of Lesbury Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 2. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1895.
  • LNER Wartime Evacuation Documents N.EVAC 2 and N.EVAC 3 describing the arrangements for evacuating children from Newcastle and Gateshead to rural parts of Northumberland (including Alnmouth), Co Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland and Westmorland. The second document includes lists of schools with details of their places and times of departure and their destinations.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Lesbury Parish was part of Alnwick Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located at Bondgate Without, Alnwick. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details and photographs of Alnwick Workhouse.