"WOOLER is a small parish, comprising an area of 4,852 acres. The Earl of Tankerville is the proprietor of Wooler, and lord of the manor, and the Messrs. Clarke, of Newcastle, are the owners of Fenton. The population of the parish in 1801, was l,679; in 1811, 1,704; in 1821, 1,830; in 1831, 1,926; in 1841, 1,874; and in 1851, 1,911 souls. THE TOWN of Wooler occupies a healthy position, on the eastern declivity of the Cheviots, forty-six miles N.N.W. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and consists of several streets, diverging from a central area used as a market place. Wooler was one of the baronies into which this country was divided at the period of the Norman Conquest." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • History of Northumberland volume 11 (eleven) Kenneth H Vickers 1922  includes Wooler
  • Official guide to wooler Vickery Kyle & Co 1921
Glendale Local History Society has published the following books
  • Views of Wooler and Glendale 1850-1950 Derek Fairangton & Roger Miket
  • Wooler at War 1939 - 1945
  • Wooler and Glendale a brief history volume " Wooler


Alexander Dalziel 1781 - 1832 born Wooler father of eight sons and daughter seven of whom were artists and engravers,
George Dalzeil 1815 - 1902 and Edward Dalziel 1817 - 1905 founded the engraving Company in 1839 and their brothers and sister joined the company, much of their work can be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum London another brother Thomas Bolton Gilchrist Septimus Dalziel, engraved  drawings for Charles Dickens.
The youngest brother  Davison Octavian Dalzeil 1825-1875, was involved in Commerce, his youngest son Davison Alexander Dalziel, 1854 - 1928,  although born in London was created Baron Dalzeil of Wooler in 1919, he was a British Newspaper Owner and a Conservative MP sitting in the House of Commons 1910-1927 and was founder of Dalzeil News Agency






  • Northumberland County Record office holds copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN35) Glendale (Part 2) Wooler (PRO piece HO107/2422 folios 305-557) (Type B) (Book) published by theNorthumberland and Durham Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • 1891 Census Wooler (Doddington, Nesbit, Fenton, Ewart, Earle, Humbleton, Middleton Hall, North and South Middleton, Ilderton, Roseden, Roddam, Selbys Forest, Akeld, Woller, Chatton, Chillingham, Hepburn, Newton, East and West Lilburn, Old and New Bewick, Brandon, Wooperton, Branton, Fawdon and Clinch, Reavley, Linhope, Greenside Hill and Hartside) (PRO piece RG12/4271) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 81) published by the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • 1891 Census Wooler (Screnwood, Alnham, Prendwick, Unthank, Netherton, North and South Side, Great and Little Ryle, Callaley and Yetlington, Lorbottle, Whittingham, Snitter, High and Low Trewitt, Cartington, Thropton, Warton, Flotterton Mount Healey, Rothbury, Whitton, Newtown, Tosson, Bickerton, Caistron, Fallowlees, Hollinghill, Hesleyhurst Row, Brinkburn High and Low Ward, Longframlington, Todburn, Wingates, Ritton Colt Park, Ritton White House, Ewesley, Healey and Combe Hill, Nunneykirk, Coatyards, Greenleighton, Harwood Fairnley, Hartington, Hartington Hall and Rothley) (PRO piece RG12/4272) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 82) published by Northumberland and Durham Family History Society the may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • 1851 census index vol 25 Glendale pt 2 available to view at Local Studies Centre Newcastle City Library [shelf ref L321]
  • https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/

Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

  • Photographs of Wooler from Les Bell's Northumberland Cam website.
  • The Northumberland Communities website includes pages relating to Wooler. 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." https://www.visitwooler.org/
You can see pictures of Wooler which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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





You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT976312 (Lat/Lon: 55.574395, -2.040068), Wooler which are provided by:


Military Records

Lest We  Forget
Wooler St Mary
2 Jan 1917   Thomas Hinson, Private 11644 14th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 26 son of Robert and Mary Hinson of Lowick, [grave C 18 316]
29 Mar 1915   James Lee, Private PO/14437 Royal Marine Artillery, age 20 son of Isabella Wilkie Lee and the late James Lee of Millfield Wooler [grave C4 57]
16 Feb 1918   Percy Lilico, Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, age  23 son of Emily Lilico and the late Charles Gordon Lilico of Wooler [grave C14 230]
16 Jun 1920   Richard  Gallon, Gunner 11356 349 Bn 2 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, age 23 son of William and Isabella Gallon of Wooler [grave C2 25]
8 Jul 1918   Robert Leathard Elliott,  Private TR5/159 52nd Graduating Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 18 son of John and Isabella Elliott of Tenter Hill Wooler [grave B/7 225]
12 Aug 1917  John Stothert age 45 Private 30/74 30th Bn (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers son of James and Jane Stothert of Wooler [grave  SE Section of churchyard]
11 Feb 1946   Charles Croser, Cpl 1096281 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 24 son of George William and Alice Helena Croser of Wooler [grave C 456]
4 Apr 1940   Sidney Elliott, Fusilier 4273988 9th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 19 son of Mr and Mrs G Elliott of Wooler [grave D 677]
30 Apr 1941   Thomas Alan Forster, Sergeant 945514 219 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 24 son of Thomas and Elizabeth Forster of Wooler, husband of Rebecca Forster of Newcastle [grave D 703]
25 May 1946   Denis Walter Tully, Private 14891177 4th Bn Durham Light Infantry, age 19 son of George Reed and Margaret Tully of Wooler  [grave C567]

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Wooler Parish was part of Glendale Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in the town of Wooler. Some records are held at Berwick on Tweed Record Office but these are of limited genealogical value.