Haltwhistle marriages 1808-1837

690 marriages at Haltwhistle Holy Cross in Haltwhistle district in Northumberland, from 1 Jan 1808 to 1 July 1837. Haltwhistle is an interesting parish because, while it is in Northumberland, it sits atop the Pennine Way very near the Cumberland parishes of Alston and Brampton, and fairly close to the parishes of Upper Weardale in County Durham, so quite a few grooms came from those places to Haltwhistle to seek a bride. For example:

  • 27 May 1809 Nicholas Potts (of the parish of Stanhope in the County of Durham) married Margaret Wilkinson (of this parish), by licence
    Witnesses: Joseph Whitfield; Mark Proudfoot; George Wilkinson
  • 6 Jun 1824 Thomas Keenlyside (bachelor, of the parish of Alston County of Cumberland) married Hannah Place (spinster, of this parish), by banns
    Witnesses: John Holmes; Ellis Place; John Lee
  • 16 Jan 1836 William Birkett (bachelor, of the parish of Lambley) married Mary Clemitson (spinster, of this parish), by banns
    Witnesses: Jonathan Pattinson; Anne Clemitson; Thomas Clemitson

Abodes mentioned besides Haltwhistle, in three counties, include the parishes of Abbey Lanercost, Allendale, Alston, Bellingham, Brampton, Chollerton, Corbridge, Fairlam, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Knarsdale, Lambley, Simonburn, St. John Lee, Stanhope, Walton, Warden, Wark, and Whitfield.

Fun fact: the town of Haltwhistle consider itself to be the geographical centre of Great Britain! Of course this is disputed by several other locations; it all depends on how you measure. You can read more about this and see some photos of Haltwhistle here.