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"NEWBIGGIN is a chapelry and village in this [Woodhorn] parish, comprising 400 acres, of which the rateable value is £908 10s. The population in 1801, 398; in 1811, 396; in 1821, 434; in 1831, 519; in 1841, 666; and in 1851, 717 souls. THE VILLAGE of Newbiggin is situated on the sea shore one mile south-east of Woodhorn; it has long been a favourite bathing place and the principal inn possesses warm, cold, and shower baths. THE CHAPEL OF EASE, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, was rebuilt in 1846, by voluntary subscriptions, William Watson, Esq., being the principal contributor. It is a neat structure, with a tower and spire, and occupies a good position near the sea cliff at the east end of the village." [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 CN24)
  • The 1891 Census Northumberland – Bywell (Broomley, Healey, High Fotherley, Espershields, Whittonstall, Newlands, Bywell, Styford, Newton, Stelling, Ovington, Newton Hall, Welton, Broomhaugh, Riding, Newbiggin, Blanchland, Shotley Low Quarter, Nafferton, Ovingham, Wylam, Hedley, Dukershagg and part of Prudhoe) (PRO piece RG12/4244) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 54) 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 Central Registration District.
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered locally from Northumberland County Council.

Description and Travel

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



  • The history of Newbiggin Parish is included in:- Hodgson, J., History of Northumberland, Part 2, Volume 2. Newcastle, 1832. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).

Military Records

Newbiggin St Bartholomew
9 Sep 1918    John Grant  Deck Hand 81291/DA RN Reserve HMS Victory, age 20 son of John and Eleanor Grant of Newbiggin by the Sea [grave North 6/1]
30 Oct 1919   J. T. Dickinson,  Royal Garrison Artillery, age 38 husband of Jane Dickinson of Newbiggin by the Sea [[grave North 6/21]
1 Dec 1920   John Ainslie,  Able Seaman 3712/B RN Reserve HMS President, age 33 son of John and Jane Ainslie of Spittal, Berwick, husband of Annie I Ainslie of Newbiggin by the Sea [grave North 15/10]
6 Aug 1944   John Thomas Armstrong,  Seaman LT/JX185361 RN Patrol Service H.M.M.L 1060, age 27 son of Robert and Ida May Armstrong, husband of Anne Jane Armstrong of Newbiggin by the Sea [grave 18/10]
24 Aug 1943   Brian Todd,  Sergeant 1135127 RAF Volunteer Reserve 172 Squadron, age 21 son of Thomas and Janet Todd of Newbiggin by the Sea [grave N side of church]
25 Aug 1944   George Covell,  Sergeant 2208026 RAF Volunteer Reserve 218 Squadron, age 20 son of Sidney and Joanna Covell of Newbiggin by the Sea [grave 20/10
27 Aug 1941   David Morrison Gibbons,  Ordinary Seaman LT/JX242797 RN Patrol Service HM Patrol vessel Esther, age 20 son of David and Olivia Jane Gibbons of Newbiggin by the Sea [grave 10/9]
16 Sep 1944   Robert Beers,  Sapper 4272729 Royal Engineers  [grave 15/14]
16 Dec 1940   George Brown,  Private 13031802 Pioneer Corps, age 42 son of John Armstrong and Mary Ann Brown, husband of J Brown of Newbiggin by the Sea [grave 11/11]
19 Dec 1939   William Coolson Mitchison,  Aircraftman Ist Class 543380 RAF  [grave 3rd row from west wall left of entrance]

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Newbiggin 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.