Ulgham, Northumberland Genealogy

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Parish History

ULGHAM, a parochialchapelry, in the union, and E. division of the ward, of Morpeth, N. division of Northumberland, 5 miles (N. E. by N.) from Morpeth; Thechurch is a plain modern edifice of stone, dedicated to St. John the Baptist.[1]

Ulgham is a chapelry of Morpeth Ancient Parish in Northumberland.Other places in the parish include: Ulgham Grange and Stobswood.  

ULGHAM, a parochial chapelry, in the union, and E. division of the ward, of Morpeth, N. division of Northumberland, 5 miles (N. E. by N.) from Morpeth; containing 368 inhabitants. This place, in the charter of Henry I. granting right of free chase on it to the Merlay family, is called Elchamp: it was formerly, in part, the property of Newminster Abbey; and the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem also held some lands here. The chapelry is situated on the road from Morpeth to Warkworth, by Widdrington; and comprises about 3409 acres, the property of Earl Grey and the Earl of Carlisle. The soil in some parts, especially about the village, is gravelly and good, but a considerable portion is stiff and clayey, which, however, under proper management, is suitable to the growth of wheat and oats, alternated with clover and fallow. Some coal-mines were possessed here by Queen Elizabeth in 1600; coal is still found in the chapelry, on the bank of the river Line, and was wrought not very long since in the immediate vicinity. There is also a quarry of freestone. According to vulgar tradition, a market was once held at Ulgham, and the stump of an ancient cross, said to have been connected with a market, still remains in the centre of the village. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Morpeth: the tithes have been commuted for £307. The church is a plain modern edifice of stone, dedicated to St. John the Baptist.From: 'Ulceby - Unthank', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 414-418. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51361 Date accessed: 12 March 2011.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Parish Registers

Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections Reference number: DDR/EA/PBT/2/256 Date: 1760-1852
Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records.

The dates of the post-1760 transcripts have been noted in detail and sometimes only cover years. For most parishes in the collection there are gaps in the sequence of transcripts. It is advisable to consult the original parish registers for these years and events.

Ulgham, St John the Baptist: Records of baptisms 1602-1930, marriages 1602-1962 and burials 1602-1955 are available at Northumberland Collections Service. Bishops' Transcripts for the period 1760-1852 are deposited at Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green, Durham City. The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms (1602-1875 with gaps) and marriages 1602-1762 for this parish, but it is not included in Boyd's Marriage Index. A transcript of monumental inscriptions at Ulgham (microfiche TN71) is published by Northumberland and Durham Family History Society and these records are also available in book form at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Department.

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Census records

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Poor Law Unions

Morpeth Poor Law Union, Northumberland

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Northumberland Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 414-418.

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