Berwick-Upon-Tweed Record Office

Berwick-Upon-Tweed Record Office was established in 1980 and was originally a branch of Northumberland County Archives Service.  They hold resources referring to the former borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed, which extended from Berwick to Ellingham, west to Ingram and north to Carham on the River Tweed.

Their resources include Berwick's Borough Records dating from the 16th century, business records, court records, estate records, nonconformist church records and records of former District Councils.  They also hold some Scottish sources.

Whether you are researching your family history, tracing the history of a house, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, or studying the history of your local area, you will find the documents held of use.  The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Berwick-Upon-Tweed Record Office


Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office
Walkergate Building
TD15 1DB

Telephone Number:

01289 301865 

Fax Number:

01289 330540 


For information regarding their collections and their opening hours, please visit their Home Page and peruse their leaflet Family History Resources.  Many other leaflets are also accessible.

The office holds many sources relating to family history, which include:

  • Berwick Freemen Records 1500s-1974: Admissions of Freeman and Enrolements of Apprentices
  • Census Returns
  • Civic Cemetery burial grounds 1856-1888
  • Durham Diocese wills
  • Electoral Registers for Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal 1835-1912, 1922-1952, 1975 to present
  • GRO Indexes 1837-1955
  • International Genealogical Index(IGI)
  • Monumental inscriptions
  • Nonconformist registers
  • Parish registers 1600s-1900
  • Trade directories 19th and early 20th centuries: these include some private residents

Some Scottish resources are held by the Archive, which include:

  • 1851, 1861 and 1901 census microfilms for Berwickshire
  • 1881 census indexes for Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire, Peebleshire, East Lothian and Haddington
  • 1891 census indexes - Berwickshire and Roxburghshire
  • IGI for Scotland
  • Microfilm copies of pre 1855 registers are available for Coldingham, Coldstream, Eyemouth, Hutton, Ladykirk, Mordington, Sprouston and Yetholm
  • Pre 1855 Monumental Inscriptions for Berwickshire
  • Pre 1855 Old Parish register marriage indexes for Scottish counties
  • Pre 1855 Scottish counties Old Parish register baptism indexes for Scottish counties

Advance booking must be made if you wish to consult original documents so they can be made available.

It is also possible to a friend of Berwick and District Museum and Archives.  They produce a regular newsletter detailing their activities, and some of these newsletters can be downloaded from their site.

For details of other record offices in Northumberland, please visit my pages regarding Northumberland Archives and Tyne and Wear Archives Service.

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