Elsdon, Northumberland Family History Guide

Elsdon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Northumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Woodside-ward, Woodside, Troughend-ward, Troughend, Rochester-ward, Rochester, Otterburn-ward, Otterburn, Monkridge-ward, Monkridge, Horsley near Otterburn, Horsley, and Elsdon Ward.

Parish church: St. Cuthbert

Parish registers begin:


  • Parish registers: 1672
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1762


  • Parish registers: 1844
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian, Presbyterian Church in England, and United Presbyterian Church of Scotland.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Simonburn
  • Rothbury
  • Bellingham
  • Kirkwhelpington
  • Byrness
  • Corsenside
  • Hartburn
  • Alwinton with Holystone

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ELSDON, a village, a township, and a sub-district in Rothbury district, and a parish in Rothbury and Bellingham districts, Northumberland. The village stands on an affluent of the river Reed, near the line of projected railway northward from Scots Gap, 8 miles NNW of Scots Gap r. station, and 9 ½ SW of Rothbury; and has a post office under Newcastle-on-Tyne, and a fair on 26 Aug.; and is a polling-place. Its site is supposed to have been a Roman station, probably the first of a chain of forts between Watling-street and the Devil’s causeway; and a conical moated entrenchment, at a short distance to the NE, is supposed to have been a Roman watch-hill and place of sepulture. The township includes the village, and bears the name of Elsdon-ward. Acres, 6,404. Pop., 266. Houses, 56. The parish includes also the townships of Monkridge-ward and Woodside-ward in Rothbury district, and the townships of Rochester-ward, Otterburn-ward, and Troughend-ward in Bellingham district. Acres, 74,917. Real property, £20,195; of which £55 are in mines. Pop., 1,521. Houses, 277. The property is much subdivided. The area is about 23 miles in length, and 12 in greatest breadth; comprises a long vale, flanked by heathy hills; seems to have once been almost entirely covered with forest, some small remnants of which still exist in the vale; was, not long ago, little else than a desolate series of neglected heaths and morasses; but now exhibits cheering effects of extensive reclamation, enclosing, and improvement. Limestone and ironstone, of superior quality, abound; and some good seams of coal exist. Elsdon Castle was built in the time of Henry III., by David, king of Scotland; presents, on its front, the arms of the Umfravilles; is a strong tower, with circular stair-case at one corner; was once the residence of Dr. Dutens, the editor of Leibnitz; and is now the parsonage house. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacies of Horsley and Otterburn, in the diocese of Durham. Value, £803.* Patron, the Duke of Northumberland. The church is ancient, cruciform, and good; and, at a clearing away of earth at its north transept, a few years ago, remains of upwards of one hundred human skeletons were found there, regularly deposited in double rows. The p. curacy of Byrness is a separate benefice. There is an United Presbyterian church. Tradition speaks of a giant of the name of Ella, who lived at Elsdon, and committed great devastations. -The sub-district, in addition to the three Rothbury townships of Elsdon parish, contains Kidland, Holystone, and twelve townships of Rothbury and Alwinton. Acres, 75, 981. Pop., 1,837. Houses, 344.

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

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

Further Reading

The Story of Elsdon: Notes on the Village of Elsdon in the County of Northumberland by G. N. Taylor – Amazon

Story of Elsdon (Northern historical booklets) Taylor, G.N. Published by Frank Graham ISBN 10: 0900409487 ISBN 13: 9780900409486 – AbeBooks

The Poll Book [Poll-Book] of the Contested Election for the Northern Division of the County of Northumberland taken on the 22nd and 23rd days of July 1852 at Alnwick, Belford, Berwick, Elsdon, Morpeth by John Hernaman

The Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials Solemnized in the Ancient Parish Church of Elsdon, in the County of Northumberland, from 1672-1812 (1903) Paperback by Thomas Stephens (Author)

The Registers of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials Solemnized in the Ancient Parish Church of Elsdon, in the County of Northumberland: From A.D. 1672 to A.D. 1812 (Paperback) – AbeBooks

 Northumberland The King’s England Published by London: Hodder & Stoughton (1952) – AbeBooks

Rothbury & Elsdon. Index to 1851 Census of Northumberland. Volume 17 Wallace, W E; Furness, Mr & Mrs Published by Northumberland & Durham Family History Society, Newcastle-upon-Tyne(1995) – AbeBooks

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