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"STAMFORDHAM parish comprises the townships of Bitchfield, Black-Heddon, Cheeseburn Grange, Fenwick, Hawkwell, Heugh, Ingoe, Kearsley, Matfen (East), Matfen (West), Nesbit, Ouston, Ryal, and Wallridge. It is bounded on the north by Bolam, on the west by St. John Lee and Halton, on the south by Corbridge and Ovingham, and on the east by Heddon-on-the-Wall and Newburn. It is about five and a half miles long, by four and a half broad, and contains an area of 18,089 acres. Population in l801, 1,652; in 1811, 1,813; in 1821, 1,827; in 1831, 1,736; in 1841, 1,777; and in 1851, 1,781 souls. This parish comprises the finest part of Tindale Ward; it is well wooded, and some of the lands are occasionally enriched by the overflowing of the river Pont, which rises a little to the south of St. Oswald's, in the parish of St. John Lee, and after passing through Ponteland, to the west of the marshy lake called Prestwick Carr, it empties itself into the Cat-raw, which proceeds in a north-easterly direction to Stannington Vale, and then assumes the name of the 'Blyth' river, under which name the united streams flow to the sea at Blyth." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • Northumberland County Record Office holds Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide 
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN14) Stamfordham (PRO piece HO107/2413 folios 239-505) (Type A) (Book)
  • 1891 Census Stamfordham (Kirkheaton, Wallridge, Black Heddon, Bitchfield, Capheaton, East and West Shaftoe, Ryal, Kearsley, Ingoe, Hawkwell, Fenwick, East and West Matfen, Heugh, Ouston, Nesbit, Harlow Hill, Whitchester, Cheeseburn Grange, Dalton, North and South Dissington, Eachwick, East and West Heddon, Rudchester, Heddon on the Wall, Houghton and Close House and Throckley) (PRO piece RG12/4242) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 52)
  • 1891 Census Stamfordham (Walbottle, Newburn, Newburn Hall, Lemington, West Denton, Bells Close, Sugley, East Denton, Scotswood, East and West Whorlton, Black Callerton and Newbiggin) (PRO piece RG12/4243) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 53) ALL 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

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



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

Military Records

Matfen Holy Trinity
28 Nov 1942   George Ross, leading Aircraftman  1513336 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 30 son of Charles and Madeline McLoud Ross of Newcastle, husband of Eleanor Ross of West Jesmond  [grave Right of Path nr Entrance]



Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Stamfordham 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.