Links

Links

This section provides sources of information that may be useful for anyone wishing to do research relating to the history of this area. We list:

For queries relating purely to family history, you may have better luck by contacting the local branch of the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society through the Secretary, see below.

If you have a question you’d like to ask, don’t forget to try our Notes & Queries forum, where your question might elicit an answer from our members.

Websites

The websites are ordered alphabetically by title, and will open in a new window in your browser.

Cause Papers in the Archbishopric of York

A searchable catalogue of more than 14,000 cause papers relating to cases heard between 1300 and 1858 in the Church Courts of the diocese of York. The original records are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, and are the most extensive records of their type in the United Kingdom. They offer an extremely valuable resource for family and local historians and scholars interested in social, ecclesiastical, economic and legal history.

Dukesfield Documents

This free online collection of transcripts of upwards of 9,000 documents can be searched for a great deal of information on Hexham and its people, as well as on many other topics mainly linked to the region’s lead industry between 1650-1850.

Historical Trade Directories Online

A searchable collection of trades directories from 1783 to 1910, compiled by the University of Leicester.   It should be noted that the earliest directory for Northumberland included is for 1828.

National Library of Scotland Maps Collection

Ironically, by far and away the best collection of online mapping for England.   Give the ability to compare and contrast historical maps with current mapping.

North East Inheritance Database

Created and maintained by Durham University Library, this is a fully searchable index to the university’s holdings of pre-1858 Original Wills & Inventories, Registered Copies of Wills, and Probate Bonds. Full catalogue details are given for these fascinating documents although it is still necessary to visit Durham to inspect the documents themselves.

Northumberland Communities

A site created by the County Archives, collating historical material relating to the major towns and villages of the county.

Workhouses.org.uk

A really useful site (once you ignore the adverts) collating documents and images relating to Hexham’s workhouse.  Includes a listing of residents and staff from the 1881 census.  The site also covers other local workhouses.

Organisations

Organisations are listed in alphabetical order, and any websites will open in a new window in your browser.

Border Library

An important reference collection, particularly strong on the history of the Border Reiver families and local folk music, maintained by Museums Northumberland. Visits by appointment only. There is currently no on-line catalogue of the library.

Old Gaol
Hallgate
Hexham  NE46 1XD
Telephone: 01670 624523
Email:  jgoodridge@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk

British Association for Local History

The charity responsible for the promotion of local history research.

Chester House,
68 Chestergate,
Macclesfield  SK11 6DY
Telephone: 01625 664524
Email: admin@balh.org.uk

Brough Local Studies Collection, Hexham Library

Housed in the Hexham local public library, the Brough Collection is the second largest collection of local history material in the County, including complete back runs of local papers and census returns. Members of the County Library Service also have access to the British Newspaper Archive, Ancestry and Find My Past. The county library catalogue can be consulted online.

Queen’s Hall
Beaumont Street
Hexham  NE46 3LS
Telephone: 01670 620450
Email: hexham.library@northumberland.gov.uk

Durham County Archives

Although primarily concerned with County Durham, this collection contains much of relevance to Northumberland, particularly ecclesiastical and for those researching the southern stretches of the county. The catalogue is online.

Durham County Record Office
County Hall
Durham  DH1 5UL
Telephone: 03000 267 619
Email: record.office@durham.gov.uk

Gateshead Local Studies Library

A major collection of material relating to north east England, from Tyneside to the Wear.  The catalogue is online.

Prince Consort Road
Gateshead  NE8 4LN
Telephone: 0191 433 8430
Email: libraries@gateshead.gov.uk

Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne

The Lit & Phil’s extensive library includes many journals dating back to the 18th century and a collection of books belonging to the North East branch of the Wesley Historical Society. Their catalogue can be searched online.

23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne  NE1 1SE
Telephone: 0191 232 0192
Email:  library@litandphil.org.uk

National Archives

The repository for any archives relating to the county produced by or for the central government of the UK throughout the ages. You may have noticed the latest headlines from the National Archives displayed at the bottom of the HLHS home page.

The National Archives
Bessant Drive
Richmond
Surrey  TW9 4RU
Telephone: 0208 876 3444

Newcastle City Library

A major collection of material relating to North East England, including Northumberland as Newcastle was once part of the county.

Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne  NE1 8AX
Telephone: 0191 277 4100
Email: information@newcastle.gov.uk

Northumberland & Durham Family History Society (Tynedale branch)

The N&DFHS maintains a vast resource on all aspects of local family history in its library at Percy House in Newcastle.

7th Floor, Percy House
Percy Street
Newcastle upon Tyne   NE1 4PW
Telephone: 0191 2612159

Local Branch
Mrs Susanne Ellingham
6 Windmill Hill
Hexham  NE46 3EE
Email: tynedalebranch@ndfhs.org.uk

Northumberland Museums & Archives

The major collection of primary source material for the county; also holds the Diocesan archives. Museums Northumberland (formerly the County Archives and Woodhorn) holds a vast collection of material relating to Hexham and West Northumberland. They also offer a search facility, although there is a charge for this. 

Woodhorn Colliery Museum
QEII Country Park
Ashington  NE63 9YF
Telephone: 01670 624455
Email: hello@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk

Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

The Society publishes the annual journal Archaeologia Aeliana and maintains the Black Gate Museum.

Great North Museum: Hancock,
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne  NE2 4PT
Telephone: 0191 208 3555
Email: info@newcastle-antiquaries.org.uk

Tyne & Wear Archives

Although primarily concerned with the Tyne and Wear conurbations, these archives also hold a considerable amount of primary source material relating to Northumberland. Their online catalogue can be searched.

Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle upon Tyne  NE1 4JA
Telephone: 0191 277 2248
Email: info@twarchives.org.uk

Other Sources

Dilston Maternity Hospital

Records associated with Dilston are held by a medical legal team currently based at Hexham Hospital.

Telephone: 0344 8118111 extension 31452

Hexham Bibliography

An extensive list of references to other published material on Hexham and its history, curated by Mark Benjamin.

North East Film Archive

A project to collect and conserve images of the region made by both professional and amateur film-makers.

Email: nefa@tees.ac.uk