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"THORNEYBURN parish is bounded on the east by Bellingham, on the west by Falstone, and extends ftom tbe North Tyne along the west side of the Tarset Burn, to the borders of Redesdale. It comprises the townships of West Tarset and Thorneyburn whose united area is 20,133 acres, and its population in l801, was 322; in 1811, 363; in 1821, 358; in 1831, 334; in 1841, 359; and in 1851, 340 souls. This was formerly included in the extensive parish of Simonburn, from which it was severed by the Act of 51, George III., c. 194. The greater part of this district is wild and mountainous, yet it affords good pasturage for sheep and cattle." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • Some fascinating early 20th century photographs of the North Tyne area have been published in:- "North Tyneside Traveller 1912-1937 - The Photographs of W.P. Collier of Bellingham" edited by S.F.Owen and published in 1998 by The Heritage Centre, Bellingham, Northumberland, NE48 2AU


  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide 
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN20) Falstone, Thorneyburn, Greystead, Bellingham, Corsenbridge, Wark, Thockrington, Kirkharle, Elsdon (part), Kirkwhelpington and Birtley (PRO piece HO107/2417 folios 1-292) (Type A) (Book)  published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Thorneyburn area or see them printed on a map.


Church History


Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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



  • A history of the village of Tarset from the Northumberland National Park website.
  • The history of Thorneyburn Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 15. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1940. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Thorneyburn Parish was part of Bellingham Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Bellingham. 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 Bellingham Workhouse.