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"NETHER WITTON PAROCHIAL CHAPELRY. This Chapelry comprises the townships of Coat Yards, Ewesley, Healey and Comb Hill, Nether Witton, Nunnykirk, Ritton, and Colt Park, and Ritton White House. It is bounded by the parishes of Rothbury, Long Horsley, and Hartburn, to the latter of which it is annexed for ecclesiastical purposes, and consists chiefly of a fine rich vale, which comprises an area of 7,723 acres. Its population in 1801, was 494; in 1811, 439; in 1821, 460; in 1831, 520; in 1841, 464; and in 1851, 489 souls." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].

"WITTON (NETHER), a parish in the ... county of NORTHUMBERLAND, comprising the townships of Coat-Yards, or Coal-yards, Ewesley, Healy with Comb-Hill, Nether Witton, Nunnikirk, Ritton-Coltpark, and Ritton-Whitehouse, ..." [Samuel Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1831 © Mel Lockie]



  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide 
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN21 and CN27) Hartburn, Netherwitton, Longhorsley, Hebron, Mitford and Meldon (PRO piece HO107/2418 folios 1-145) (Type B) (Book) 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 Netherwitton area or see them printed on a map.


Church Records


Civil Registration

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

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Historical Geography

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  • The history of Netherwitton Parish is included in:- Hodgson, J., History of Northumberland, Part 2, Volume 1. Newcastle, 1827. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Netherwitton Parish was part of Morpeth Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in Newgate Street, Morpeth. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details, a map and photograph of Morpeth Workhouse.