"TWEEDMOUTH, a parochial chapelry, situated at the northern extremity of Islandshire, comprises the townships of Ord, Spittal, and Tweedmouth, whose united area is 5,140 acres. Population in 1801, 3,458; in 1811, 3,917; in 1821, 4,673; in 1831, 4,971; in 1841, 5,202; and in 1851, 5,714 souls."

"TWEEDMOUTH, a parish and seaport town in the hundred of Islandshire, county Northumberland, formerly in Durham,  .... The parish includes the townships of Ord, Spittal, and Tweedmouth...." The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Colin Hinson ©2003]



  • Old Spittal and Tweedmouth  John Griffiths 2011


  • Burial Registers 1858-1941, Purchased Graves Register 1858-1899 and Graves Registers 1858-1980 for Tweedmouth Civil Cemetery are available at Northumberland Record Office


  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide 
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN26) Tweedmouth (PRO piece HO107/2421 folios 146-239) (Type B) (Book) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church History

  • The article, Two Clerical Friends by Rev. H.S. Ross, published in History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club Vol. XLI, part 2 (1978) pp. 79-88, compares and contrasts the lives of two Protestant Dissenters: Israel Craig at Lowick (from 1793-1843) and William Whitehouse at Spittal (from 1813 to 1857).
  • The Ancestral Indexes website provides information about Spittal, St John.

Church Records

  • Tweedmouth - Church Records - links and information.
  • Spittal Presbyterian baptisms 1787 - 1873 (Tweedmouth) indexed  by George Bell, Local Studies Centre Newcastle City Library [shelf ref; 929.3  S761]

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

  • Photographs of Tweedmouth from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to East Ord. 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 Tweedmouth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • LNER Wartime Evacuation Documents N.EVAC 2 and N.EVAC 3 describing the arrangements for evacuating children from Newcastle and Gateshead to rural parts of Northumberland (including Tweedmouth), Co Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland and Westmorland. The second document includes lists of schools with details of their places and times of departure and their destinations.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT979501 (Lat/Lon: 55.744013, -2.035432), Tweedmouth which are provided by:


Military Records

Tweedmouth Cemetery
9 August 1918    J Thompson Private 52604 3rd Bn Royal Scottish Regiment
6 October 1918   Thomas Weatherburn Dumble, Private 267286 1st/6th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 22 son of John and Elizabeth Dumble of tweedmouth [grave B.U. 242]
30 October 1918   Thomas Henry Grieve, Seaman 8925A (CH) Royal Navy Reserve HMS Pembroke, age 26 son of john R and Janet Grieve, husband of Jamima Ann Grieve (formerly Wallace) of Tweedmouth. [grave B uncons 362]
5 Dec 1920   W. Grant - served as HOPE
5 Dec 1920   W. Hope,  Stoker 1st Class 301307 RN HMS Pembroke served as W Hope, age 40, son of John and Mary Ann Grant [grave B. U 261]
11 August 1944   Andrew Tulip Heckles Fusilier 4265485 Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
20 Oct 1943   Peter Steel, private 14508601 6th Bn Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regiment, son of George and Helen Dick Steel of Tweedmouth [grave Sec C 926]
24 Oct 1940   Henry Knowles, Sergeant 639811 233 Squadron RAF, son of  Mrs E Knowles of Berwick [grave Sec B 680]
2 Nov 1943   William Simpson, Gunner 4277404 96 Anti Tank Royal Artillery, age 29 son of William and Sarah Jane Simpson, husband of Pauline Elsie Simpson of Berwick [grave A 739]
24 Dec 1940   Alexander Calder Renton,  Signalman 2318896 2nd Div. Royal Corps of Signals [grave sec A 665]


  • The article, Tennant's Pipe Factory, Tweedmouth by J.E. Roberts, published in History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club vol. 44, part 2 (1988), pp. 87-102, looks at this factory on Main Street, Tweedmouth, near Low Gate. It discusses the Tennant's firm, which operated between 1844 and 1918, and also considers the process of manufacture and pipes produced by the factory.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Tweedmouth Parish was part of Berwick-upon-Tweed Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in Castlegate, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Some useful records are held at Berwick on Tweed Record Office