OTHER SOURCES FOR THE HISTORY OF THE AREA

ORGANISATIONS

Border Library
Old Gaol
Hallgate
Hexham
NE46 1XD
Telephone: (01434) 652439 & (01434) 600910
Email: oldgaol@northumberland.gov.uk
Website:
An important reference collection, particularly strong on the history of the Border Reiver families and local folk music, maintained by Northumberland County Council's Museums Service.

Brough Local Studies Collection, Hexham Library
Queen's Hall
Beaumont Street
Hexham
NE46 3LS
Telephone: (01434) 652488
Email: hexhamlibrary@northumberland.gov.uk
Housed in the 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.  The county library catalogue can be consulted online at lmslive.northumberland.gov.uk/rooms

Northumberland & Durham Family History Society (Tynedale branch)
Mrs Susanne Ellingham
6 Windmill Hill
Hexham
NE46 3EE
Email: susanneellingham@hotmail.com
Website: www.ndfhs.org.uk
The N&DFHS maintain a vast resource on all aspects of local family history in its library at Percy House in Newcastle.  

Northumberland Museums & Archives
Woodhorn Colliery Museum
QEII Country Park
Ashington
NE63 9YF
Telephone: (01670) 528080
Email: collections@woodhorn.org.uk
Website: www.experiencewoodhorn.com/archive/htm
The major collection of primary source material for the county; also holds the Diocesan archives.   The catalogue can be consulted online at www.northumberland.gov.uk/catalogue

Tyne & Wear Archives
Discovery
Blandford Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4JA
Tel: (0191) 232 6789
Website: www.tyneandweararchives.org.uk
Although primarily concerned with the Tyne and Wear conurbations, these archives also hold a considerable amount of primary source material relating to Northumberland.

Durham County Archives
Durham County Record Office
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UL
Tel: 0191 383 3252
Email: record.office@durham.gov.uk
Website: www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/recordoffice/register.nsf/$$searchdcc
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.
National Archives
The National Archives
Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4RU
Tel: 0208 876 3444
Website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/search.asp
The repository for any archives relating to the county produced by or for the central government of the UK throughout the ages.

British Association for Local History
PO Box 6549
Somersal Herbert
Ashbourne
DE6 5WH
Website: www.balh.co.uk
The charity responsible for the promotion of local history research.

 

WEBSITES

Hexham Union Workhouse
www.workhouses.org.uk/hexham
A really useful site 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.

Northumberland Communities
communities.northumberland.gov.uk
A site created by the County Archives, collating historical material relating to many individual settlements.

Trades Directories online
www.historicaldirectories.org
A searchable collection of trades directories from 1783 to 1910.   It should be noted that the earliest directory for Northumberland included is for 1828

North East History Hub
www.northeasthistoryhub.co.uk
An excellent source of information on all aspects of North East history: local history, genealogy and archaeology.   It is created and maintained by Mick Southwick, former publisher of The North-Easterner magazine. 

Cause Papers in the Archbishopric of York
www.hrionline.ac.uk/causepapers/index.jsp
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.

North East Inheritance Database
http://familyrecords.dur.ac.uk/nei/data/intro.php
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.

Dr John Chapman's Archive
www.drjohnchapman.org uk
The website of Society member, John Chapman.   Still in its infancy, it currently contains the complete, unedited, version of his thesis on Hexham as a walled town, including photos for which the Hexham Historian article in 2009 had no space. More articles are planned and will be uploaded shortly. 

 

 

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