This page provides links to some of the catalogues, lists and transcriptions of material held by the Record Office. They have been produced with the assistance of volunteer Friends.
(To search a PDF index, use the FIND option (Ctrl-F) in Adobe Reader and enter a keyword or phrase. This will highlight each occurrence of the term in the index.)
Index to the Photo Centre Collection
General Index (Everything except portraits. PDF format; c.3 MB) Updated to June 2022.
Portraits and Passports Index (Black & white, complete. PDF c.2 MB) Updated December 2018.
The Photo Centre was a family-run photographic business in Berwick which operated from 1950 until 2012. The collection consists of glass plates (black & white) and negatives (black & white and colour) and provides a wonderful pictorial record of events in North Northumberland and the Scottish borders in that period. It includes local events and festivals as well as numerous weddings pictures. (The photographs can be consulted in the Record Office; use the Indexes to obtain the reference numbers of those that you are interested in. For copies and queries contact Berwick Record Office: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
The history of Berwick’s Corn Exchange has been well represented in reports and advertisements in the local newspapers. A chronological transcript of items in the Berwick Advertiser in which the Corn Exchange is featured now makes an important part of this information readily accessible, in a series of downloadable PDF documents. These documents commence with the first meetings in 1856 which planned the building of the Exchange, and they then record the events which took place there, often with detailed descriptions of proceedings, as well as listing the names of many individuals, both native to Berwick and visitors, who have been involved in its history.
The links to the documents are on the Corn Exchange page.
Poor Law records
Before 1834, under the Old Poor Law, relief for the poor was organised at parish level and its administration was overseen by a committee of Churchwardens, Overseers, and Trustees. The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 brought in a system which was overseen at national level by the Poor Law Commission/Poor Law Board. At local level it was administered by a Board of Guardians. Berwick Record Office holds volumes of the records of these local bodies. They describe the policy and practice of providing assistance to the poor as well as the administration of the Workhouse. Some of the volumes which have been listed by volunteer Friends can be found below. They are catalogues rather than transcripts. The files are in PDF format.
Minutes of the Churchwardens and Overseers Committee / Parish of Berwick-upon-Tweed
Minutes of the Board of Guardians / Berwick-upon-Tweed Poor Law Union
Board of Guardians correspondence books / Berwick-upon-Tweed Poor Law Union
Belford Poor Law Union
The Belford Union consisted of the following parishes and townships: Adderstone; Bamburgh; Beadnell; Belford; Bradford; Budle; Burton; Chathill; Detchant; Easington; Easington Grange; Elford; Ellingham; Elwick; Fleetham; Glororum; Hoppen; Lucker; Middleton; Monk’s House; Mousen; Newham; Newstead; Ouchester; Preston; Ratchwood; Ross; Shoston or Shoreston; Spindleston; Sunderland; Swinhoe; Tughall; Warenford; Warenton.
Minutes of the Board of Guardians:
Glendale Poor Law Union
The Glendale Union covered 45 parishes and townships: Akeld; Bewick, New; Bewick, Old; Brandon; Branton; Branxton; Carham; Chatton; Chillingham; Coldsmouth and Thompson’s Wall; Coupland; Crookhouse; Doddington; Earle: Ewart; Fawdon and Clinch; Ford; Grey’s Forest; Heathpool; Hepburn; Howtell; Humbleton; Ilderton; Ingram; Kilham; Kirknewton; Lanton; Lilburn East; Lilburn, West; Lowick; Middleton Hall; Middleton, North; Middleton, South; Milfield; Nesbit; Newton; Paston; Reavley; Roddam; Roseden; Selby’s Forest; Westnewton; Wooperton; Wooler; Yeavering. There is one surviving volume of the Minutes of the Board of Guardians:
The Northumberland At War project has examined local archive collections for material illustrating local aspects of the war. The documents produced by many volunteers makes much of the information accessible for the first time. The following lists are now available as PDF downloads:
Register of arrivals in Berwick, from October 1915 to July 1919 (D8-9)
Register of removals within Berwick, from August 1915 to June 1919 (D8-10)
Register of removals from Berwick to outside the area, from August 1915 to June 1919 (D8-10)
Military Tribunals reported in the Berwick Advertiser 1916
Berwick Petty Sessions courts 1914 – 1915
Glendale Petty Sessions courts 1915 – 1920
Norham & Islandshire Petty Sessions courts 1915 – 1923
Admissions to the Honorary Freedom of Berwick 1920 – 1927
For more information and all the links to these documents, go to the First World War project page.
The data collected in the project about local families and properties in High Greens, Low Greens, and Ravensdowne can be seen on the Our Families pages.
An outline of the findings from the project, which explored the musical heritage of the Berwick area, can be seen on the Waite and Sea page.