Photographs of Hartlepool cemeteries offered on-demand

We now offer a digital photograph service for Spion Kop and other Hartlepool cemeteries; for £6 per stone, we will go to the relevant cemetery and photograph the monument, or, if it is missing, the spot where it is supposed to be, and email the photo to you. We do not guarantee we can find the stone, as many have been removed or have fallen apart, but we will do our best.

Here is an example of a stone at Spion Kop:


Here is a close-up view of the same stone:


and here is an example of an area where the stone is missing – it is supposed to be in the foreground but is gone:


Even if a stone is missing, you can still get a sense of the surroundings. In this case, you can see the cranes of the Hartlepool docks in the distance.

To request a photo of a Hartlepool grave, log in, click Research Services on the What Do We Offer menu, and pay for a Hartlepool grave photograph. Then email us from the Help & Advice – Customer Support page to tell us which grave you want photographed.

Monument Inscriptions: Hartlepool Old Cemetery (Spion Kop)

We have added a new class of records: Monument Inscriptions, otherwise known as MIs, gravestones, tombstones, headstones, etc. The first set in this class consists of 2,865 names on 1,027 stones at Hartlepool Old Cemetery (a.k.a. Spion Kop, Borough, or Hart Warren Cemetery). The transcription of the stones was done in the 1970s. The stones may or may not still be present and/or readable; time and weather are hard on old monuments, and even when the transcription was done, many stones had fallen face down, were buried in sand, or were so worn they were impossible to read. In some cases where a stone was only partially legible, we have added information from the cemetery register and annotated accordingly.

Monuments will automatically be searched if you request a search in Burials, or you can narrow your search to just Monuments. As with census records, if you search for and purchase any single person on a monument, you will get all the people on the monument. Many monuments list 3 generations of a family, providing valuable connections that might not otherwise be discernible from the cemetery register or any other record.


Record Number: 126.15
6 Dec 1910 Ann McLeod, wife of S. A. McLeod, daughter of the late Thomas Scott (of Shiremoor Northumberland.), born 6 Jun 1850
12 Dec 1924 Samuel Alexander McLeod, age: 75, husband of Ann McLeod
7 Jun 1887 Norman McLeod, son of Samuel Alexander McLeod & Ann, born 16 May 1885
23 Mar 1895 Elizabeth Ann McLeod, daughter of Samuel Alexander McLeod & Ann, born 9 May 1878

Record Number: 124.15
Section: A9
8 Apr 1902 Henry Currell, age: 67, husband of Margaret Currell
28 Aug 1917 Margaret Currell, age: 77, wife of Henry Currell
13 Jan 1904 Elsie Cavers Gray, age: 6, daughter of John & Margaret Gray, g’dau of the above Henry & Margaret.

Record Number: 130.15
7 Apr 1904 John Hurrell, age: 60, husband of Maria M. Hurrell, killed while following his employment at Massers Richardson Westgarth & Co. Engineering Works.
3 Jan 1905 Maria Martha Hurrell, age: 65, wife of John Hurrell

Adding a new class of records necessitated some code changes, so please let us know if we broke anything in the search or display of records.

Newcastle St. Nicholas baptisms 1813-1855, burials 1813-1853

At St. Nicholas in Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

  • 6,458 baptisms covering 1813-1855
  • 3,174 burials covering 1813 to Sep 1853 when the church’s burial ground was closed, plus one burial in 1859 that must have been accepted into an existing family grave or vault

St. Nicholas parish was just across the river from Gateshead, and many Gateshead families went to church there and were baptized and buried there. Abodes recorded are mostly streets within St. Nicholas parish. Other abodes mentioned include Arthur’s Hill, Ballast Hills, Bensham, Benwell, Byker Hill, Gateshead, Gateshead Fell, Kenton, Morpeth, North Shields, North Shore, Pandon, Sandhill, Shield Field, Spital, Tynemouth, the Vagrant Ward, Wall Knoll, Whickham, and Windmill Hills; the institutions of the Fever Hospital, the Freeman’s Hospital, the Infirmary, the Lunatic Asylum, the Poor House, and the Work House, and the adjacent Newcastle parishes of All Saints, St. Andrew, and St. John.

Sample baptisms from each decade – some have birth dates:

  • 7 Apr 1814 Oliver [Spoors/Dodds], of Castle Garth, illegitimate son of Joseph Spoors (shoemaker) & Anne Dodds
  • 23 Mar 1823 John Moffat, of High Bridge, born 23 Feb 1823, son of John (cheesemonger) & Mary Moffat
  • 7 Apr 1835 Jane Dorothy Daglish, of New Bridge Street, daughter of John (chemist) & Mary Daglish
  • 30 Oct 1844 John Buckham, of St. Nicholas Church Yard, child of Andrew (hairdresser) & Catharine Buckham
  • 7 Dec 1855 Mary Isabella Rounthwaite, of Forth Banks, child of Francis (glass cutter) & Isabella Rounthwaite

About 220 burials contain information such as a father’s name (for a child) or husband’s name (for a wife or widow), or an occupation (for an adult male). There is no clear pattern as to why certain burials received special treatment, other than the expected notations for church officials such as vicars. The extra information spans 1813-1844.

Sample burials:

  • 14 Jun 1817 Sarah Lowes, of the parish of St. John in this town, age: 78, daughter of the late George Lowes
  • 5 Apr 1818 Jane Chambers, of the Parish of St. John in this town, age: 92, widow of Richard Chambers
  • 16 Apr 1820 William Collpitts, of Freemen’s Hospital, Manor Chare, age: 81, Beadle of this church for 46 years
  • 26 Sep 1831 Etheldred Collingwood, of Close, age: 100
  • 11 May 1853 Michael Hogg, of West Parade, age: 83

These were transcribed from the Bishop’s Transcript with extensive checking against the parish register, except for 1845-46 which was transcribed directly from the parish register. In a few records, the Bishop’s Transcript contained more information than the parish register.


Sunderland: Flag Lane Chapel Primitive Methodist baptisms 1823-1837

231 baptisms at the Flag Lane Chapel, a Primitive Methodist Circuit chapel in Sunderland, covering 1823 to May 1837.

This circuit covered the Sunderland area and stretched inland to cover the Houghton-le-Spring area. Abodes mentioned include Ayres Quay, Birtley (Chester-le-Street), Bishopwearmouth, Cox Green (Penshaw), Crossgate (Durham), Deptford, Downs (Houghton-le-Spring), Easington Lane, Flag Lane (Sunderland), Hartlepool, Hetton Houses, Hetton-le-Hole, High Downs, Houghton-le-Spring, Low Moorsley, Low Southwick, Lumley, Malings Rigg, Masham (Yorkshire), Monkwearmouth, Moorsley, New Thornley, Newbottle, Philadelphia, Quarry Head (Penshaw), Shiney Row, Southwick, Sunderland, West Herrington, and West Rainton.

The baptisms include birth dates of the children and most include the mother’s maiden names. The terms “alias” and “formerly” were used interchangeable to denote the mother’s maiden surname. Here are some samples:

  • 30 Nov 1823 Harriett West, of West Street, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, 3rd daughter of Nathaniel West (minister of the Gospel in the Primitive Methodist Connexion) & Sarah alias Lindforth
  • 19 Sep 1836 Joseph Clark Battey, of Hopper Street, Bishopwearmouth, born 16-Aug 1836, son of Robert Battey (jobbing smith) & Jane formerly Laverick

An interesting article about the history of Primitive Methodism and the Flag Lane Chapel can be read here:




Sunderland Old Meeting House/Cornmarket Chapel baptisms 1802-1837

443 baptisms at the Old Meeting House on High Street, also called Cornmarket Chapel, a Congregational chapel in Sunderland, from May 1802, where our previous transcription left off, to 7 June 1837.

Abodes mentioned include Bishopwearmouth, Bishopwearmouth Pans, Monkwearmouth, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields, South Shields, and Sunderland.


  • 9 Nov 1802 William & John Tinmouth, of Sunderland, born 3-Nov 1802, twin sons of William & Isabella Tinmouth
  • 17 Sep 1815 Margaret Roseberry, of Bishopwearmouth, born 17-Sep 1815, daughter of James & Margaret Roseberry
  • 17 Jul 1829 William Sharp Stothard, of Monkwearmouth, born 7-Aug 1825, son of William & Harriet Stothard

Monkwearmouth Scotch Church (Presbyterian) baptisms 1778-1837

1,261 baptisms at the Scotch Church in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland district, covering 1778-1837.

Birthdates are included in most of these baptisms, and even better, mother’s maiden surnames and the birthplaces of both parents were included starting in August 1800 and continuing to the end of this record set (end of 1837). From July 1825 onward, the baptisms included the names of witnesses, and we noticed that often one of the witnesses shared the surname of the mother, leading us to think the witness was probably her father or brother.


  • 28 Mar 1778 Alexander McKinzey, of Monkwearmouth Shore, born 20 Mar 1778, son of Alexander & Christian McKinzey
  • 22 Sep 1800 John Lockart, born 30 Aug 1800, son of George Lockart (shoemaker, native of Penenock, mid Lothian) & Jane Vietch (native of Longham, N.B.)
  • 30 Jan 1814 James Roseberry, 4th son of Thomas Roseberry (mason, native of Authol Stoneford, N.B.) & Bridget Salmon (native of Sunderland, C. Durham)
  • 5 Aug 1825 Jane Balmer, of Monkwearmouth, born 24 Jul, 1st daughter of James Balmer (joiner, native of Rothberry, Northumberland) & Elizabeth Hay (his wife, native of Monkwearmouth)
    Witnesses: John Brown, elder of Park Chapel & Robert Hay
  • 22 Dec 1831 Peter Hunter, born 8 Dec, 2nd son of William Hunter (native of Lerwick, Scotland) & Isabella Turnbull (his wife, native of Monkwearmouth; she died soon after the child was born)
    Witnesses: James Rose, elder & John Turnbull

Many of these parents were born in Scotland. At this time, the southern part of Berwickshire was called Merse (March, or borderland) and, in this register, this area is often called Merceshire, Merseshire, or the shire of Merce.

History of the Scotch/Scots Church in Monkwearmouth

Since the introduction of Presbyterianism in Sunderland in the mid-eighteenth century, the protestant dissenting congregation (non-conformists) had to attend either the chapel in Robinson Lane, built in 1739, or the Spring Garden Lane chapel, which was first used in 1766. Both were in Sunderland, and there was no bridge across the River Wear, so members from Monkwearmouth had to take a ferry across the river, which was inconvenient and sometimes dangerous. To solve this problem, in the spring of 1777*, a chapel was created in a converted stable near the top of Brewery Bank in Monkwearmouth. Land was then acquired opposite the brewery and a chapel was erected in 1778. Known locally as the Ropery Lane or Rope Walk chapel because of a nearby ropery, the name was changed to the Park Chapel early in the ministry of the Rev. Alexander McFarlane (1803-1813). The move from Brewery Bank to Bridge Road (now North Bridge Street) took place in 1827, after the lease of the Park Chapel had expired. Timbers from Park Chapel were recycled to make the pews in the new church at Bridge Road. This church was demolished in 1891 and replaced in 1892 by the church that stands there today.

Because of all the moves, the same families will appear to have attended different churches throughout this period, but in reality, it was the same congregation, sometimes moving location, sometimes changing the name of the meeting place. Records for this congregation are found under the following names: Brewery Bank, Ropery Lane or Rope Walk, Park Chapel, and Bridge Road which later became North Bridge Street. This record set includes all of those locations.

*Several scholarly articles cite a particular ferry accident, which drowned about 20 people, supposedly including some church members returning home from Sunday services, as the impetus for acquiring a chapel on the north side of the river. However, this particular accident didn’t occur until 1795, almost 20 years after the establishment of the meeting place on Brewery Bank, so I’m not sure why it gets cited as such.

Marriage bonds 1795-1799 updated with full details

Replaced the index to marriage bonds in the years 1795-1799 with full details, so those 2,858 records are now instantly available, including 2 new bonds we missed the first time around.

Marriage bonds often provide ages, occupations, and place of residence for the bride and groom (and sometimes a parent or guardian of a minor) during a period when marriage registers did not provide that information. Please read the Marriage Bonds section for a description of what information is found in bonds, allegations, and associated documents, and how we present that information. Note that ‘age 21′ usually means ’21 and upwards’ in these documents.


  • 28 Nov 1796 Richard Petch (mariner, widower), age 45, of St.Hild, South Shields obtained a licence to marry Isabella Martindale (widow), age 45, of St.Hild, directed to South Shields
    Surety: Robert Clark, brazier, of St.Hild
    [Note: married 30 Nov at South Shields.]
  • 16 Jul 1798 Aaron Allison (butcher), age 20, of St.Oswald, Durham City, son of Timothy Allison (of Shadforth, consents to the marriage), obtained a licence to marry Sarah Brown (widow), of St.Oswald, directed to St.Oswald
    Surety: John Inglish, baker, of Durham City
    [Note: married 17 Jul at St.Oswald.]

Marriage bonds cover the entire Diocese of Durham i.e. Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire. There are a few licences in our collection that were issued by the Diocese of York. Because bonds cover the whole diocese, there is no way to limit your search of bonds to a single district. If you select a district from the District menu, your selection will be ignored when the marriage bonds database is searched.

Barnard Castle baptisms & burials 1762-1797

3,581 baptisms and 3,375 burials at Barnard Castle St. Mary in Teesdale district, covering 1762-1797, from a combination of the Bishop’s Transcript and the parish register. We now have Barnard Castle baptisms and burials from 1762 through the end of 1846.

Abodes mentioned besides Barnard Castle include Broomielaw, Deepdale or Dipdale, East Shaws, High Shipley, Hullerbush, Langleydale, Mains Mill, Mainshouse, Marwood, Moorhead, Mount Eff, Park Wall or Parkwall, Rodgermoor, Robertknot, Shipley, Stainton, Streatlam, Streatlam Dikes, Treaputt or Threepots or Threepothill, West Shaws, Westwick, and Woolhouse.

Consistent inclusion of the mother’s name does not occur in baptisms until 1769. The clerk started recording details about the parents in both baptisms and burials in Nov 1797, a couple of months before the detail-rich period of 1798-1812 officially began.

Sample baptisms from every decade:

  • 21 May 1762 John Arrowsmith, of Parkwall, son of Michael Arrowsmith
  • 20 May 1777 Thomas [Benning/Blenkinsop], base son of William Benning & Ann Blenkinsop
  • 17 Jun 1787 Sarah Brownless, of Stainton, daughter of Henry & Margaret Brownless
  • 19 Nov 1797 Thomas Cowling Dixon, born 12 Aug, 4th son of Thomas Dixon (weaver, native of Barnard Castle) by his wife Mary Hudson (native of Nent Head, Cumberland)

Sample burials from every decade:

  • 28 Sep 1767 Elizabeth Postallwaite, of Barnard Castle, wife of Thomas Postallwaite (dyer)
  • 4 Mar 1777 John Richardson, junior, of Barnard Castle, son of Ann Relton late Ann Richardson
  • 14 Jun 1787 William Raine, of Barnard Castle, liquor merchant
  • 24 Nov 1797 Elizabeth Walker, of Threepothill, age: 17, died 22 Nov, daughter of William Walker (labourer) & Elizabeth late Elwin (his wife)

Penshaw baptisms & burials 1837-1840

415 baptisms and 263 burials at Penshaw All Saints in Houghton-le-Spring district, covering 1837-1840.

Abodes mentioned besides Penshaw include Biddick, Broomside, Burnmoor, Carr Houses, Chaters Haugh, Coxgreen, D Pit Row, Haswell, Lambton Cottage, Low Lambton, Middle Rainton, Mill Pit, Mill Row, New Lambton, New Penshaw, Newbottle, Offerton, Offerton Haugh, Old Penshaw, Penshaw Staiths, Philadelphia, Shiney Row, South Hetton, Wapping, and Whitefield Pit.

Luckily for us, the clerk at Penshaw continued recording the mother’s maiden surnames in baptisms, as well as the child’s birth date in nearly all of them.

Sample baptisms:

  • 15 Jan 1837 Ann Laverick, of Wood House, born 30-Jun 1834, daughter of John Laverick (husbandman) & Hannah Sisterson
  • 1 Aug 1838 Elizabeth Porter, of Coxgreen, born 1-Nov 1831, daughter of William Porter (stone cutter) & Margaret Wilson

Sample burials:

  • 7 Jul 1838 Henry Atkinson, of Penshaw, age: 89
  • 5 Dec 1840 Isabella Robson, of Wapping, age: 95

Bishopton baptisms, marriages, burials 1649-1851

A nice package of records from Bishopton in Stockton district:

  • 2,236 baptisms covering 1649-1851
  • 1,531 burials covering 1654-1851
  • 377 marriages covering 1653-1751, 1783-1812, and 1838-1851. We already had the 1813-1837 marriages online. Unfortunately the marriage register covering 1752-1783 did not survive.

Bishopton was not indexed in the IGI, so this package may provide lots of new data for researchers with ancestry in the Bishopton area.

Abodes mentioned besides Bishopton include Bishopton Mill, Brooks House, Cobby Castle, East Newbiggin, Gilly Flat, Great Carr Cottage, Hazel Field Cottage, Little Stainton, Long Pasture House, Mount Pleasant, Newbiggin, Pitfield, Saufhall, Stainton, Stillington, Stockton, Stony Flat, Tail upon End, West Newbiggin, Whinny Hill, Whitton Mill, Woogra or Woograve, Wynyard, and Yarm.

In baptisms, mothers were not listed (unless they were single) until 1752. The clerk started providing birth dates in 1783 and continued to the end of 1812, but he did not follow the directive to provide mother’s maiden name and parents’ nativity in baptisms in the 1798-1812 period, except for a small spurt in 1808, and the child’s birth order was provided only sporadically during this period and for a little while past it.

Sample baptisms:

  • 30 Jun 1649 Ralph Welford, son of Thomas Welford (the elder)
  • 14 Nov 1752 Matthew Lidstar, son of Christopher & Jane Lidstar (his wife)
  • 27 Apr 1798 George Priarman, born 12-Feb 1798, son of George & Mary Priarman (his wife)
  • 1 Jan 1808 Thomas Snaith, born 7-Jan 1807, 5th son of Ralph Snaith (labourer of Little Stainton) by his wife Elizabeth Oliver (native of Aycliffe)
  • 23 Oct 1836 Hannah Dove, of Little Stainton, daughter of John Dove (brickmaker) & Mary Ann Dove

Sample marriages:

  • 27 Dec 1653 Anthonie Atkinson, of Greatham married Mary Humphrey, of Little Stainton
  • 19 May 1751 George Appleby, of Sedgefield married Hannah Alderson, of this parish
  • 2 Nov 1850 John Talbot (bachelor, tailor), age: minor, of Billingham, son of Thomas Talbot (blacksmith), married Elizabeth Cowley (spinster), full age, of Bishopton, daughter of William Cowley (farmer), by banns
    Witnesses: George Rutter, Thomas Talbot, Lettice Cowley, Ann Peacock

Sample burials:

  • 29 Jun 1655 Margaret Woodehouse, wife of John Woodehouse
  • 27 May 1752 William Meaburn, son of Mary Meaburn (widow)
  • 28 Nov 1786 Mary Hutchinson, of this parish, age: 79, wife of Henry Hutchinson
  • 4 Nov 1807 Edward Batey, of this parish, age: 54, died Nov 2nd, butcher
  • 10 Oct 1846 Alice Sanderson, of Bishopton, age: 94

and this fascinating one:

  • 4 May 1798 Elizabeth Atkinson, of this parish, age: 76, widow, poisoned by her serving girl
    [Note: A note in the right margin (apparently inserted much later) says “Last Public Hanging in Britain, cp. Longstaffe’s 'History of Darlington' – John Etherington 1961." However, this is not correct; there were many more public hangings of both males and females. Even stranger, we can find no such reference to it being the last public hanging in William Hilton Dyer Longstaffe's "The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Darlington", published in 1854. This particular tale is also described in "The Poisoned Cake 1798" in "Durham Executions" by Maureen Anderson.]