"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 https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
- Whitley - Church Records - links and information.
- This area is within Northumberland West Registration District.
- Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered locally from Northumberland County Council.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Whitley to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Whitley has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- The history of Whitley Chapel Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 4. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1897.
- Whitley - Maps - links and information.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY928577 (Lat/Lon: 54.914169, -2.113881), Whitley which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
LEST WE FORGET
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]
- Whitley Parish was part of Hexham Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located at Peth Head, Hexham. Northumberland Record Office hold Some useful records
- Peter Higginbotham has provided details, a map and photographs of Hexham Workhouse.