Birtley Northumberland Family History Guide

Birtley is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Northumberland, created in 1764 from Chollerton Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Broomhope with Buteland.

Alternative names: Birkley

Parish church: St John The Evangelist

Parish registers begin: 1728

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic

Parishes adjacent to Birtley

  • Wark
  • Bellingham
  • Thockrington
  • Chollerton
  • Corsenside

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIRTLEY, or Birkley, a parochial chapelry in Bellingham district, Northumberland; on the North Tyne river and on the Border Counties railway, near Wark station, 5 miles SE of Bellingham. It was disjoined in 1765 from the parish of Chollerton; it includes the township of Broomhope and Buteland; and its Post Town is Wark, under Hexham. Acres, 6,720. Rated property, £3,428. Pop., 404. Houses, 80. The property is divided among six. Coal and other useful minerals occur. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value, £122. Patron, the Duke of Northumberland. The church is not good.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

BIRTLEY, a parochial chapelry in the north eastern division of TINDALE ward, county of Northumberland, 5 miles (S.E. by S.) from Bellingham, containing, with a small portion of the township of Broomhope with Buteland, 393 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Northamberland, and diocese of Durham, endowed with £400 private benefaction, and £800 royal bounty. The Duke of Northumberland was patron in 1805. Birtley was formed into a parochial chapelry in 1765, in which year it was separated from the parish of Chollerton. Coal and lime exist in the neighbourhood: there is a day and Sunday school in the village.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831

Parish Records

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