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"SHOTLEY parish comprises the chapelry of Blanchland, and the townships of Newbiggin and Shotley. It is bounded by the parishes of Allendale, Bywell St. Peter, Slaley and Hexham, except on the south, where it is divided from the county of Durham by the river Derwent, which here runs circuitously through a wild and picturesque vale. It contains an area of 1,246 acres, and its population in 1801, was 800; in 1811, 1,035; in 1821, 1,090; in 1831, 1,104; in 1841, 1,245; and in 1851, 1,227 souls. The greater portion of this parish called High, or West Quarter, is a lofty region of bleak and barren moorlands, where lead ore is found in abundance. The Low, or East Quarter, which is merely another name for the township of Shotley, is tolerably fertile, and contains several good coal seams. Bolbeck Common, in this parish, was enclosed in pursuance of an act obtained in 1765." [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 CN15) Bywell, Ovingham, Shotley, Blanchland and Whittonstall (PRO piece HO107/2414 folios 1-268) (Type A) (Book).
  • 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.

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Civil Registration

  • This area is within Northumberland West Registration District.
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Historical Geography

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