Allendale, Northumberland Family History Guide

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Allendale is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Northumberland, created in 1767 from chapelry in Hexham Ancient Parish. Allenheads is a chapelry of Allendale.

Other places in the parish include: Cotton, West Allendale, Studdon, Park, Low Forest, Keenty, Keenly, Keenley, High Forest, Catton and Broadside, Catton, Broadside with Forest, Broadside, Allendale Town, and Allendale Common.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church: St Cuthbert

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1662
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1741

Adjacent Parishes

  • Alston with Garrigill
  • Ninebanks
  • Nenthead
  • Stanhope
  • Hexham
  • Whitfield
  • Whitley
  • Allendale St Peter
  • Hunstanworth
  • Allenheads
  • Haydon
  • Heatherycleugh
  • West Allen


  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • Primitive Methodist

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALLENDALE, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Hexham, Northumberland. The town stands on the Allen rivulet, and on the Allendale railway, 9 miles SW of Hexham. It has a post office. under Carlisle; and is a polling place. A weekly market is held on Friday; and fairs on the Friday after 12 May, and 29 Oct., and 22 Aug. The parish is cut into eight divisions (some of them called grieveships), Allendale town, Catton, Keenty, Broadside, High Forest, Low Forest, Park, and West Allen; and it contains the townships or villages of West Allendale, Catton, Keenty, Broadside-with-Forest, and Allenheads. Acres, 37,267. Real property, £64,716, of which £27,373 are in mines. Pop., 6,401. Houses, 1,155. Much of the surface is moorish, bleak, hilly, and mountainous. The property is much subdivided. Lead mines are worked to the extent of about 2,500 tons of metal in the year; and there are several smelting-houses, with very extensive flues. Coal also is worked; and some silver and rock crystal are found. Allenheads, at the sources of the Allen, 7 miles S of the town of Allendale, is in the neighbourhood of the lead mines, and has a post office of its own name under Carlisle. An ancient camp occurs at Old Town. The living of Allendale is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £250. Patron, W. B. Beaumont, Esq. The church was built in 1807. The p. curacies of St. Peter, Ninebanks, and West Allen are separate benefices. Values, £120, £150, and £100. Patron of all, W. B. Beaumont, Esq. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels and a free grammar school. The Allendale railway was authorized in 1865; joins the Newcastle and Carlisle near Hexham; was opened to Langley in 1867, to Catton-road in 1868; and was to be prolonged to Allenheads. The subdistrict of Allendale comprises Allendale parish and Haydon chap elry. Acres, 50,955. Pop., 8,622. Houses, 1,589.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

People from Allendale, Northumberland have been found in the following records.

Birth, Marriage, & Death Records - FamilySearch

England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-195017,567 results
England Births and Christenings, 1538-197516,813 results
England Marriages, 1538–19737,076 results
England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977676 results
Find A Grave Index529 results
England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991348 results
British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-19937 results
British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-19386 results
England, Leicestershire Parish Registers, 1533-19913 results
Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-19472 results
Indiana Marriages, 1811-20072 results
British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries1 results
Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664-19551 results
Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-19521 results
New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-19401 results
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England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-19579 results
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South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-19581 results


Allandale Town (Allendale) Northumberland Universal British Directory 1791

Allandale is thirty miles west of Newcastle, ten west of Hexham, and twelve east from Aldstone. – No carriages come directly to this place: Thomas Nevin and Francis Shuld are carriers to and from Newcastle; the rate is 3d. per stone. – The following are its principal inhabitants:


Walton Rev. Mr. Curate


Hutchinson --, Surgeon

Stephenson --, Surgeon


Carr Thomas, Dyer

Dawson Jacob, Victualler

Forster Miss, Milliner and Haberdasher

Green John, (F.) Merchant

Hutchinson Hugh, Grocer, &c.

Robinson Jacob, Grocer

Simpson George, Grocer

Spotswood Mary, Grocer

Wigham William, (F.) Grocer

Wilson Joseph, Victualler

Whitfield Thomas, (F.) Victualler

Ridley-hall, the seat of John Lowes, Esq. is six miles north. – Whitfield-hall, the seat of Mrs Orde, five miles north-west.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791

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  • County: Northumberland
  • Civil Registration District: Hexham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Durham
  • Rural Deanery: Hexham
  • Poor Law Union: Hexham
  • Hundred: Tindale
  • Province: York