"SHILBOTTLE parish comprises the townships of Guyzance, Hazon, Newton-on-the-Moor, Shilbottle, Whittle, and Woodhouse, and is bounded on the north by Alnwick, on the south-east by Warkworth, on the south-west by Felton parish, and on the east by Lesbury. It is about four miles in length by three and a half in breadth, and embraces an area of 7,704 acres. This parish is in a high state of cultivation, has an excellent coal mine, and an abundance of limestones. The population in 1801, was l,031; in 1811, 1,104; in l821, 1,153; in 1831, 1,195; in 1841, 1,208; and in 1851, 1,298 souls." [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 CN31) Warkworth, Felton, Shilbottle and Lesbury (PRO piece HO107/2419 folios-275) (Type B) (Book) published by the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • The Felton and Swarland Local History Society have published the following:
    • Index of Census Returns Vol 1, 1841 - 1851
    • Index of Census Returns Vol 2, 1861 - 1871
    • Index of Census Returns Vol 3, 1881 - 1891
    (The above volumes cover the villages of Acton, Bockenfield, Elyhaugh, Eshott, Felton, Guyzance, Hazon, Newton on the Moor Swarland and East and West Thirston. In addition, Vol 2 has a complete burial record, from 1819, of St Wilfrid's Chapel, Guyzance as an appendix and Vol 3 has a strays listing for 1851 from surrounding Enumeration Districts of people giving their birthplace in the Felton district.)
  • 1891 Census Warkworth (Felton Greens, Glantlees, Swarland, Elyhaugh, Newton on the Moor, Hazon and Hartlaw, Whittle, Shilbottle, Guyzance, Brotherwick, Walkmill, High and Low Buston, Stirton Grange, Birling and Warkworth) (PRO piece RG12/4261) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 71) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church Records

Church of England Records.
  • Shilbottle, St James: Records of baptisms 1723-1944, marriages 1729-1986 and burials 1723-1973 are available at  Northumberland Record Office. Bishops' Transcripts for the period 1762-1844 are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City. The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1691-1815 (with gaps) and marriages 1695-1812 for this parish, and Boyd's Marriage Index includes marriages 1695-1812 and banns 1751-1312. Transcripts of baptisms 1684-1812, marriages 1695-1812 and burials 1697-1812 for Shilbottle are available at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Dept.
Adjacent Parishes.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

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





  • Shilbottle - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NU187071 (Lat/Lon: 55.357367, -1.705928), Shilbottle which are provided by:


Military Records

Shilbottle St James
3 September 1946 - John Ian Trueman, Driver 2090542 Royal Engineers, age 28 son of Mark and Isabella A Trueman of Hexham
3 October 1916  George Slater Driver T4/091503 Army Service Corps age 25 [grave NE Corner Special memorial]



Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Shilbottle Parish was part of Alnwick Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located at Bondgate Without, Alnwick. Some records are held at Northumberland Record office, but these are of limited genealogical value.