"WARK parish comprises the townships of Shitlington (High) Quarter, Shitlington (Low) Quarter, Wark, and Warksburn, which were formerly a portion of the extensive parish of Simonburn, from which they were severed and made into a distinct parish, by the act of 51 Geo. III. cap. 194. It comprises an area of 22,986 acres, and its population in 1801, was 728; in 1811, 783; in 1821, 866; in 1831, 861; in 1841, 940; and in 1851, 865 souls. There are traces of numerous encampments in various parts of this district. The Raven's Crag, so called from its being the solitary and secure retreat of that bird, is a steep range of freestone rocks, situated at the southern extremity of the parish. At the west end of these lofty crags, there is a fine spring overshadowed by a natural arch, and in its vicinity, are broken masses of rock lying in the wildest disorder." [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 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 https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • 1891 Census Northumberland – Ford (Carham, Wark, Downham, Presson, Branxton, Ford, Etal and New Etal, Crookham, Kimmerston, Berryhill, Lowick, Bowsden, Barmoor, Holburn, Millfield, Crookhouse, Lanton, Coupland, Coupland, Howtell, Kilham, Paston, Coldsmouth and Thompsons Wall, Kirknewton, Westnewton, Yeavering, Hethpool and Greys Forest) (PRO piece RG12/4270) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 80) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • 1891 census Northumberland – Kirkwhelpington (Corsenside, Redesdale, Birtley, Thockrington, West Harle, Kirkwhelpington, Coldwell, Kirkharle and Wark (PRO piece RG12/4253) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 63) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church History


Church Records

Church of England Records.
  • Wark on Tyne, St Michael: Records of baptisms 1818-1966, marriages 1818-1979 and burials 1820-1960 are available at Northumberland Record Office
  • Bishops' Transcripts for the period 1818-1844 are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City.
  • The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1818-1875 and marriages 1818-1877 for this parish, but it is not included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
  • A transcript of monumental inscriptions at Wark (microfiche TN84) is published by Northumberland and Durham Family History Society and these records are also available in book form at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Department.
Adjacent Parishes.

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

  • Photographs of Wark from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Wark-on-Tyne. 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 Wark which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The history of Wark Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 15. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1940. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).


  • Wark - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY787786 (Lat/Lon: 55.101196, -2.334981), Wark which are provided by:


Military Records

24 Apr 1917   Walter Rutherford,  Private 2761 4th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers age 20 son of Mrs A Rutherford of Wark [grave Spec memorial]

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Wark 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.