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"LOWICK parish comprises the townships of Barmoor, Bowsdon, Holborn, and Lowick; and is bounded on the north by Islandshire, on the west by Ford, on the south by Doddington and Chatton, and on the east by Belford. Its area is 12,526 acres, and its population in 1801, was 1,382; in 1811, 1,519; in 1821, 1,799; in 1831, 1,864; in 1841, 1,941; and in 1851, 1,941 souls. The soil consists chiefly of a loamy clay, and the surface presents a bleak and monotonous appearance. There was a new colliery opened here, in 1854, called Licker Colliery." [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 CN34)
  • 1891 Census Northumberland – Ford (Carham, Wark, Downham, Presson, Branxton, Ford, Etal and New Etal, Crookham, Kimmerston, Berryhill, Lowick, Bowsden, Barmoor, Holburn, Millfield, Crookhouse, Lanton, Coupland, Coupland, Howtell, Kilham, Paston, Coldsmouth and Thompsons Wall, Kirknewton, Westnewton, Yeavering, Hethpool and Greys Forest) (PRO piece RG12/4270) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 80) 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 Lowick area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The article, Two Clerical Friends by Rev. H.S. Ross, published in History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club Vol. XLI, part 2 (1978) pp. 79-88, compares and contrasts the lives of two Protestant Dissenters: Israel Craig at Lowick (from 1793-1843) and William Whitehouse at Spittal (from 1813 to 1857).
  • Lowick, St John:- The Ancestral Indexes website provides information under the headings History and Monumental Inscriptions.

Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Bowsden and Lowick. 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 Lowick has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



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

Military Records


Lowick St John
29 Oct 1918   William Hall,  Private 100543 2nd Bn Durham Light Infantry, age 21 son of John and Margaret Hall [grave E.E section]

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Lowick 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.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details and photographs of Glendale Workhouse.