Morpeth, Northumberland Genealogy
Guide to Morpeth, Northumberland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
St Mary's, Morpeth
|Poor Law Union||Morpeth|
|Registration District||Castle Ward; Morpeth|
|Parish registers: 1583|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1769|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Northumberland Record Office|
MORPETH (St. Mary), a parish, a borough, and the head of a union, partly in the E. and partly in the W. division of Castle ward, S. division, and partly in the W. division of Morpeth ward, N. division, of Northumberland.
Morpeth St Mary is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Northumberland. Ulgham is a chapelry of Morpeth.
Other places in the parish include: Newminster Abbey, Parkhouses, Shilvington, Stobhill, Tranwell and High Church, Twizell, Buller's Green, Bullers Green, Catchburn, Cottingwood Common, Hepscott, Leipscot, Morpeth Castle, and Morpeth Castle with Catchburn, Parkhouses and Stobhill.
Church of England parish registers begin in 1583. Church of England Bishops' transcripts exist from 1769.
The ancient Church of England parish church of Morpeth is St Mary's at Kirkhill. The oldest remaining parts of the structure belong to the Transitional Early English style of the mid to late twelfth century. The church, which was the only Anglican place of worship in that area until the 1840s, has been restored on a number of occasions.
The need for a second church, in the centre of the town, was apparent by 1843. Accordingly, the church of St James the Great, designed by Benjamin Ferrey, was consecrated for worship on 15 October 1846. Ferrey designed the church in a "Neo Norman" style, based on the twelfth century Monreale Cathedral, Sicily.
A third church, St Aidan's, was opened to serve the Stobhill housing estate in 1957. It is a modern red brick building with a vaulted roof.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Morpeth parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Morpeth Online Parish Records|
|FS Catalog PRs|
|FS Catalog BTs|
To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Records are also available at the Northumberland Archives.
- 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images
- 1613-1920 England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index (dates may vary by parish)
Morpeth, St Bede later St Robert (Roman Catholic): Records of baptisms 1780-1960, marriages 1808-1990 and deaths 1801-1982 are available at Northumberland Collections Service. Transcripts of baptisms 1780-1837, marriages 1808-1840 and deaths 1804-1868 are available at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Dept.
Northumberland Collections Service also has records for the following nonconformist churches in Morpeth Parish:
Carmel Full Gospel Church, Dacre Street. - Marriages 1979-1986.
- Dacre Street (Congregational) - Births/baptisms 1829-1872, 1915-1976, marriages 1915-1972 and burials 1915-1928. (Births/baptisms 1829-1837 also at Tyne and Wear Archives Service).
- Manchester Street (Methodist) - Marriages 1901-1962
- Morpeth Wesleyan Circuit (Methodist) - Baptisms 1839-1908
- Morpeth Methodist Circuit - Baptisms 1908-1962
- St George (Presbyterian) - Births/baptisms 1747-1848.
- Early Primitive Methodist chapels in this area belonged to Hexham P.M. Circuit. Records for 1824-1837 are included on the IGI (listed as Bull Bank or Bethania Chapel).
Poor Law Unions
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
Genealogy From Periodicals
Bowman, John. My Bowman Family in Northumberland and Durham. History and family tree of Mark Bowman and Ruth surname not listed. Dates from 1682-1902, with relatives in Ray, Kirkwhelpington, Hartington, Cambo, Low Angerton, Hartburn and Middleton. Surnames, Beller, Laidler, Charlton, Sinship, angus, Stamper, Hardcastle, Stephenson, Aslin, Fenwick, and Sweeting. Photos included are of 2 gravestones, the marriage of Anna Bowman and the Rev. Harrison Fenwick, John Harcastle Bowman, and Henry Bowman. Article in the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society Journam. vol. 38, no.1. pages 25-29. Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo vol. 38,1. Spring 2013.
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Northumberland Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.<br>
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date accessed: 07 August 2013.
- Searching Parish Records online (Northumberland) - The Following Parishes are Available at TheGenealogist, ParishRegister.co.uk, accessed 23 April 2019.
http://www.parishofmorpeth.org.uk/stmary.htm information about the history of the parish
http://northumberland-cam.com/churches/morpeth.htm for images of Morpeth churches
http://communities.northumberland.gov.uk/005722FS.htm for historic images of the church
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51160 British History online