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"NORHAM, OR NORHAMSHIRE, is a parish co-extensive with the hundred of the same name, and formerly, until the passing of the 7 and 8 Vict. c. 61, a detached part of the county of Durham. It is bounded on the north and west by the river Tweed, on the south by Glendale Ward, and on the east by Islandshire. It comprises the chapelry of Cornhill, and the townships of Duddo, Felkington, Grindon, Horncliffe, Loan-end, Longridge, Norham, Norham Mains, Shoreswood, Thornton, and Twizell, whose united area is 19,849 statute acres. The population of Norhamshire, in 1801, was 3,384; in 1811, 3,524; in 1821, 3,906; in 1831, 3,744; in 1841, 3,757; and in 1851, 4,289 souls. There are many freeholders in the parish, but in ancient times the greater part of the lands here were held by the Greys and the Nevilles. A considerable number of the inhabitants are employed in the Tweed Salmon fisheries." [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 CN37)
  • 1891 Census Northumberland – Norhamshire and Islandshire (Buckton, Fenwick, Fenham, Goswick, Beal, Holy Island, Berrington, Kyloe, Ancroft, Cheswick, Haggerston, Scremerston, Horncliffe, Loan End, Longridge, Thornton, Shoreswood, Felkington, Norham Mains, Norham, Grindon, Duddo, Twizell, Tillmouth, Heaton, Cornhill, ship, Unity of Boston) (PRO piece RG12/4269) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 79) BOTH published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish
  • An interesting article, Norham Folk in 1851 and 1971 by Dr G.A.C. Binnie, was published in: History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club Vol. XL, part 3 (1976) pp. 159-175. This is essentially a comparison of the census returns for 1851 and 1971, looking at things like age distribution, population size, parish relief, family surnames, place of birth, and housing.

Church History


Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

  • Photographs of Norham, Horncliffe - Union Bridge and Twizel from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Duddo. 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

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Military Records

LEST WE FORGET  Norham St Cuthbert
21 March 1918 J C Renwick Lieutenant Royal Irish Rifles, age 39 son of James C and Rosina Renwick (born Winlaton Co Durham) husband of Annie Renwick Dunelm House Norham [grave SE section]
4 August 1916  G Y Thompson Private 21662 6th Bn Kings own Scottish Borderes [grave SE Section]
23 November 1918  Thomas Quinn L/Cpl 291016 1st/4th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 20 son of Tom and Annie Quinn Church Road Norham [grave NE Section]

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.