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"WHITLEY. ..... possesses a Chapel of Ease, dedicated to St. Helen. It is a neat stone structure, occupying a pleasant situation on the west bank of the Devil-water, about four and a half miles south by west of Hexham. The living, which is a curacy under the church of Hexham, has been three times augmented under Queen Anne's bounty, and is now worth about £110 per annum. Patron, the Rev Michael Sisson; incumbent, the Rev. William Sisson. The National School is a neat stone building, erected by subscription, in 1849, and has an endowment of £4 10s. per annum, bequeathed by the late Rev. Abraham Brown, in 1812, for which five poor children receive a gratuitous education. The same gentleman also left £4 10s. yearly to the poor of this chapelry." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].

Within the parish of Hexham



  • "Memories of Hexhamshire" by H.Kristensen. ISBN 978-0-9538443-0-2 Wagtail Press
  • "Whitley St.Helen's Churchyard, Hexhamshire" by H.Kristensen. ISBN 978-0-9538443-3-3 Wagtail Press


  • Northumberland County Record Office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide  
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN16) published by the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.


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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.

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Historical Geography

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Military Records


Whitley St Helen

19 Mar 1917   Joseph Wakinshaw Simpson,  Private 34106 F Coy 3rd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 22 son of Matthew and Margaret Simpson [grave S.W Section]


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.