Glendale Poor Law Union, Northumberland Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

The Glendale union, of which Wooler is the head, comprises 45 parishes and places, and contains a population of 14,000 persons. On a circular mount near the town are the remains of a tower, apparently of Norman origin. There are also many intrenchments in the vicinity, of which the most remarkable is Humbleton Hugh, circular in form, with a large cairn on the summit; the sides of the hill are formed into terraces, about twenty feet broad, in three successive tiers, which, when they were filled with soldiers, presented a formidable resistance to any assailing force.[1] [2] Date accessed: 06 March 2011.

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: and

Parishes in the Union[edit | edit source]

Branxton, Northumberland Carham, Northumberland Chatton, Northumberland Chillingham, Northumberland Doddington, Northumberland Fenton, Northumberland Ford, Northumberland Ilderton, Northumberland Ingram, Northumberland Kirknewton, Northumberland Lowick, Northumberland Wooler, Northumberland

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Few records survive. The deposited records are held at:

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office
Council Office
Wallace Green
TD15 1ED

Tel: 01289 301865
Fax: 01289 330540

References[edit | edit source]

  1. From: 'Wookey - Woolos, St.', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 661-663.
  2. From: 'Wookey - Woolos, St British