"WARDEN is a parish, with no dependent townships, but it formerly included the present parochial chapelries of Haydon Bridge and Newbrough. with their respective townships. It comprises an area of 3,122 acres, and its rateable value is £4,455 l0s. The population in 1801, was 349; in 1811, 396; in 1821, 498; in 1831, 540; in 1841, 532; and in 1851, 646 souls. The soil in this neighbourhood is generally fertile, and the scenery diversified and beautiful. Coal and limestone are found here in considerable quantities, and at Fourstones there are collieries and limekilns, which are extensively worked by Mr. William Benson, of Allerwash House. At West Boat there is an elegant suspension bridge, which was erected in 1826, at a cost of £5,000. The principal landowners in this parish are Nathaniel Clayton, Esq., John Errington, Esq., and the Duke of Northumberland, each of whom claims the manorial rights of his own property. Warden was formerly the lordship of Anthony, Lord Lucy, of Cockermouth, for which, in the reign of Edward II., he obtained a grant of the liberty of free warren, with other manors in this county. He died in 1344, leaving the manor to Thomas, Lord Lucy, in whose family it continued for many generations." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • Northumberland County Record Office hold copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN18)
    Chollerton, Simonburn, Warden and Newbrough (PRO piece HO107/2415 folios 321-502) (Type A) (Book)
    published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • The 1891 Census Northumberland Chollerton (West Acomb, Wall, Fallowfield, Cocklaw, Bingfield, Hallington, Chollerton, Barrasford, Chipchase, Great Swinburn, Colwell, Gunnerton, Simonburn, Hall Barnes, Humshaugh, Haughton, Black Carts and Rye Hill, Warden, Fourstones, Walwick, Newbrough and Warmley) (PRO piece RG12/4249) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 59) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church History


Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Fourstones. 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 Warden which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The history of Warden Parish is included in:- Hodgson, J., History of Northumberland, Part 2, Volume 3. Newcastle, 1840. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).


  • Warden - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY854653 (Lat/Lon: 54.982382, -2.229581), Warden which are provided by:


Military Records

Warden St Michael
29 Jun 1944   Frederick William Mann,  Leading Aircraftman 1st Class1192171  RAF Volunteer Reserve age 32 son of Charles Edgar and Jane Priscilla Mann, husband of Mabel Mary Mann of Hexham [grave SW Corner]
2 Jul 1917   R. Smith Private 205610 Northumberland Fusiliers 4th Bn  [grave N.E. corner 42]
27 August 1942   Mark Tindall,  Officer Cadet 6924812 Rifle Brigade, age 18 son of Kenneth Basset and Theodora Mary Tindall  of Blair Atholl Perthshire [grave SW Corner of St Michaels churchyard, Warden
11 Nov 1918   T Harrison, Private 3925 Lancashire Fusiliers 4th Bn, age 24 son of Joseph and Elizabeth Harrison of Warden [grave West from the Tower]

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Warden Parish was part of Hexham Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located at Peth Head, Hexham. Some useful records are held at Northumberland Record Office