"PONTELAND is a parish comprising the townships of Berwick Hill, Callerton (High), Callerton (Little), Coldcoats, Darras Hall, Higham Dykes, Kirkley, Milburn, Milburn Grange, and Ponteland, whose united area amounts to 10,073 acres. It is bounded on the north by Whalton and Stannington parishes, on the west by Newburn, Stamfordham, and Whalton parishes, on the south by Newburn parish, and on the east by the parish of Gosforth. The population in 1801, was 936; in 1811, 943; in 1821, 934; in 1831, 1,034; in 1841, 1,094; and in 1851, it had increased to 1,137 souls. The soil of this parish is rich and strong, yeilding good wheat crops and excellent pasturage. Large quantities of lime and coal are found in this district." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].


Archives & Libraries

Pnteland library Thornhill Road 01661 823594



  • Ponteland , Images of England series compiled by John Turner 1999
  • Ponteland through the twentieth Century - Ponteland Local History Society  Leslie Almon
  • Ponteland Bowling Club Past and Present B D W Wright





Helen Bailey - Author, although born in Newcastle was brought up in Ponteland and attended Ponteland High School, which inspired her Electra brown stories Helen died 15 July 2016



  • Northumberlnd County Record Office holds Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide     
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN14) Ponteland (PRO piece HO107/2413 folios 1-238) (Type A) (Book)
  • 1891 Census Ponteland 1A (Ponteland, High and Little Callerton, Darras Hall, Coldcoats, Milbourne, Belsay, Whalton, Ogle, Twizell, Shilvington, part of Stannington, North and South Gosforth and Coxlodge) (PRO piece RG12/4240) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 50) 
  • 1891 Census Ponteland 1B (Coxlodge, Fawdon, East and West Brunton, Kenton, Dinnington, Mason, Brenkley, Prestwick, Woolsington, Horton Grange, Kirley and Berwick Hill) (PRO piece RG12/4241) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 51)  All published by thehttps://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church History


Church Records


Civil Registration

  • This area is divided between Northumberland Central Registration District and Newcastle upon Tyne Registration District.
  • Certificates can be ordered from Northumberland County Council
  • Newcastle - Information.  Searches.

Description & Travel

  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Ponteland. 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."
You can see pictures of Ponteland which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ponteland has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The history of Ponteland Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 12. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1926. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).


  • Ponteland - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NZ146734 (Lat/Lon: 55.054804, -1.773219), Ponteland which are provided by:


Military Records

Lest We Forget
Ponteland Churchyard
13 July 1940   Gordon Taylor Moscrop, Driver T/121412 7th Reserve MT Coy Royal Army Service Corps, age 21 son of Thomas and Lilian Anne Moscrop  [grave North East Section]
9 October 1918   T Weightman, Private 31270 Bedford Yeomanry [grave North East Section]
26 November 1916   James Stobart, Rifleman R/19411 21st Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps, age 23 husband of Mary Ann Stobart of Bishopton Co Durham [grave North West Section]

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Ponteland Parish was part of Castle Ward Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located near the village of Ponteland. Some records are held at Northumberland Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.
  • Peter Higginbotham has provided details, a map and photographs of Castle Ward Workhouse.