Glendale Poor Law Union, Northumberland Genealogy

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The Glendale union, of which Wooler is the head, comprises 45 parishes and places, and contains a population of 14,000 persons. On a circular mount near the town are the remains of a tower, apparently of Norman origin. There are also many intrenchments in the vicinity, of which the most remarkable is Humbleton Hugh, circular in form, with a large cairn on the summit; the sides of the hill are formed into terraces, about twenty feet broad, in three successive tiers, which, when they were filled with soldiers, presented a formidable resistance to any assailing force.[1] [2] Date accessed: 06 March 2011.

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: and

Parishes in the Union

Branxton, Northumberland Carham, Northumberland Chatton, Northumberland Chillingham, Northumberland Doddington, Northumberland Fenton, Northumberland Ford, Northumberland Ilderton, Northumberland Ingram, Northumberland Kirknewton, Northumberland Lowick, Northumberland Wooler, Northumberland


Few records survive. The deposited records are held at:

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office
Council Office
Wallace Green
TD15 1ED

Tel: 01289 301865
Fax: 01289 330540


  1. From: 'Wookey - Woolos, St.', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 661-663.
  2. From: 'Wookey - Woolos, St British