Greystead, Northumberland Family History Guide

Greystead is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Northumberland, created in 1811 from Simonburn Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Chirdon and Smalesmouth.

Alternative names: Gaystead

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1820
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1818

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Lanercost with Kirkcambeck, Cumberland
  • Greenhead
  • Wark
  • Simonburn
  • Falstone
  • Bellingham
  • Bewcastle, Cumberland

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

GREYSTEAD, or Gaystead, a parish, in the union of Bellingham, N. W. division of Tindale ward, S. division of Northumberland, 20 miles (N. W.) from Hexham; containing, with the townships of Chirdon and Smalesmouth, 219 inhabitants. This place, which is intersected by the river North Tyne, formed part of the extensive parish of Simonburn, which was divided in 1811, by act of parliament, into six distinct parishes. That of Greystead comprises by computation 16,010 acres, whereof 15,700 are pasture, 260 arable, and about 50 wood. The surface is varied; the soil in the valley here, which is narrow, is very fertile, but a considerable portion of the parish is unproductive moorland. The living is a rectory not in charge; patrons, the Governors of Greenwich Hospital: the tithes have been commuted for £150, and the glebe consists of 14 acres. The church was consecrated in 1818.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


  • 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