Amble and District
     Local History


In 1693 Thomas and Edward Brown farmed East Chevington at a rent of 300. Earl of Tankerville's MSS. Ex inf. Mr. R. G. Bolam.
Edward Rochester by will dated 20th June, 1663, gave certain moneys `to make a strong planke bridge' for foot passengers over Wooler water, `engraving at the one end of the bridge doe not sweare, at the other bee not drunck.' Raine, Test. Dunelm.
Extracts from Sessions Records, with the Newcastle Soc. of Antiquaries.
This inscription of this tombstone (which is the oldest existing in the churchyard) is preserved in Ant. Repert. iv. p. 436 ; it has recently been reinscribed, but the arms are incorrectly sculptured.
Memoir of Ambrose Barnes, Longstaffe, p. 34, Surt. Soc. No. 50.
Alnwick Court Rolls; Tate, Alnwick, p. 349.
Cal. Border Papers, Bain, i. p. 21 ; ibid. ii. p. 78.
Ex Grey Deeds; Lambert MS.
The will of Hector Widdrington, who was an illegitimate son of Sir John Widdrington, is printed in Durham Wills, Greenwell, p. 232. Surtees Soc. No. 38.
Ex Grey Deeds ; Lambert MS. 1601-1602 : Charged on Henry Witherington for relief of his lands in East Chevington unpaid from 32 Elizabeth, 50s. ; Bailiffs' Accounts, 44 Eliz. ; Duke of Northumberland's MSS.
Survey circa 1586. Duke of Northumberland's MSS.
Liber Feodarii, 1568. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. iii. p. lxii.
Inq. p.m. Roger Wytheryngton, 29 Hen. VI. No. 25. Inquisition taken at Alnwick, 13th September, 1451. Writ, dated Canterbury, 7th August, 1451.
Inq. p.m. John Woddrington, 22 Hen. VI. No. 33. Inquisition taken at Alnwick, 3rd April, 22 Hen. VI. Writ, dated Westminster, 3rd March, 1443/4.
Rot. Pat. 15 Edw. III. m. 9. cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. ii. p. 371 and pt. ii. vol. ii. p. 234.
Extent made in Newcastle, 24th March, 1318/9, pursuant to a writ of ad quod dantnum. Inq. ad quod damnum, 12 Edw. II. No. 64.
Cf. vol. ii. p. 349.
Inq. ad quad damnum, 12 Edw. II. No. 64. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. ii p. 398.
Survey, 1586. Duke of Northumberland's MSS.
Liber Feodarii, 1568. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. p. lxii. Cf. Pat. Rolls, 24 Eliz. pt. 13, m. 1.
Ministers' Accounts, 38 Hen. VIII. to 1 Edw. VI. No. 51, m. 6o. Cf. Arch. Ael. xvii. p. 279. Pat. Rolls, 4-5 Ph. and Mary, pt. 14, m. 31.
Inq. p.m. Henry fitz Hugh, 3 Hen. VI. No. 27. Inquisition taken at Morpeth, Saturday in Easter week, 3 Hen. VI. Writ, dated Westminster, 13th January, 1424/5.
Inq. p.m. Hen. fitz Hugh chr. 10 Ric. II. No. 16. Inquisition taken at Morpeth, 10th October, 1386. Writ, dated Westminster, 22nd September, 1386.
Recited in Inq. p.m. 5 Hen. IV. No. 30.
Surtees, Durham, ii. p. 162.
Inq. p.m. Rob. fil. et heres Marm. de Lumley, 7 Ric. II. No. 51, taken at Newcastle, on the 11th August, 1383. Writ, dated Westminster, 13th July, 1383.
'Et eciam villas de Estre Chevyngtone et Morwyke quas Marmaducus de Lomley miles et David Gray tenent in dominico de praefato Henrico per homagium et fidelitatem et per servicium unius feodi militis et dimidii et per servicium annuatim xv die Julii xxs pro warda castri praedicti, et valent per annum xx li.' Inquisition on the death of Henry de Percy, 21st March,.20 Edw. III. Hartshorne, p. 128.
Inq. p.m. William Latymer, 9 Edw. III. No. 51, taken at Newcastle on the Saturday before Christmas. Writ, dated Auckland, 2nd November, 1335.
Rot. Pat. 28 Edw. I. m. 12 in dorso. Duke of Northumberland's Transcript, p. 336.
Rot. Pat. 9 Edw. I. In. 20, in dorso. Duke of Northumberland's Transcript, pp. 102, 103.
Inq. p.m. Hugh de Morwyk, 53 Hen. III. No. 18, taken at Newcastle, 26th April, 1269. Cf. Inq p.m. John de Vescy, 17 Edw. I. No. 25. Hartshorne, p. cxix.
Ibid. p. 210.
Testa de Nevill; Hodgson, Northumberland, pt iii. vol. i. p. 209.
Mandatum est vicecomiti Norhumb' . . . . Et quod fieri faciat perambulacionem inter terram Jordani Heyrun in Haddiston' et terram Hugonis de Morewic et Ricardi Mautalent in Estchyvington'. Mandatum est vicecomiti Norhumb' quod faciat perambulacionem inter terram Hugonis de Morwic' in Chivington' del West et terram Ricardi Mautalent in Chivington del Est; et habeat illam corarn justiciariis itinerantibus in partibus illis.' Close Rolls, 20 Hen. III. m. 3, dorso. Cf. Cal. Doc. Rel. Scot. Bain, i. pp. 232, 235.
Cf. vol. ii. pp. 339, 340.
Hart. MS. 1985, p. 290. Cf. Arch. Ael. p. 132.
Sometimes called 'Philipsteads.'
During the eighteenth century called ' Face the deil.' Cf. Warkworth Register.
The old homestead of Woodside stood in a field called 'Meggy's coat lap' by the side of Chevington wood.
From the Red Row to the ancient chapel of West Chevington an old road led through the fields, one of which, immediately to the west of the hamlet, now in rich old grass, is called Halison or Hallistone. By the side of this road, until about the year 1800, there stood an upright stone in a socket, which was taken down by Mr. William Smith of Togston, then the tenant of Woodside farm, and converted into a door sill at the then recently built homestead of Woodside. Ex inf. Mr. M. H. Dand. The Chevington Board schools are built at the Red Row.
Between the Red Row and East Chevington by the side of the burn there was a small homestead called Salt-meadows ; every trace has disappeared, but it is occasionally mentioned in the Warkworth Register.
The Census Returns are : 1801, 123 ; 1811, 170; 1821, 207 ; 1831, 234 ; 1841, 289 ; 1815 377 ; 1861, 651 ; 1871, 1,134 ; 1881, 1,511 ; 1891, 1,550.
Broomhill pit was sunk about 1808 by Mr. John Anderson, then the tenant of Broomhill farm, but since 1872 the colliery has been developed, until at the present time about 1,200 men are employed, of whom 550 are hewers, and the daily output averages 1,650 tons per day.
Our note: ie 1859-1899
The vill of East Chevington paid a sheriff's rent of 7s. 6d. Arch. Ael. 4to series, iii. p. 94.



East Chevington township, within Chevington Chapelry.

    The township of East Chevington, N which comprises an area of 2,240 acres, abuts at its south-east corner on the sea and thence stretches in a north-westerly direction towards Acklington. The population has increased very rapidly during the last forty years N owing to the development of the coalfield by the Broomhill Coal Company ;  N in 1891 it was 1,550. N Besides the hamlet or homestead of East Chevington, N the mining village of Broomhill and the hamlet of Red Row, N the township contains the homesteads of Broomhill, Woodside, N Maidens-hall, N and Whitefield. N
    A member of the barony of Alnwick, East Chevington was held by the Vescis until the twelfth century, when lands in Great Chevington, apparently comprising a moiety of the manor or township, were granted by William de Vescy (died 1184) to Ernulph de Morwick (died before 1177), the grant being witnessed by William Tison and his son German. N The other moiety was granted, probably about the same period, to the Mautalents of Howick.  N On the 15th of September, 1236, there was a mandate to the sheriff of Northumberland to make a perambulation (which was to be produced before the justices in eyre) between the lands of Richard de Mautalent in Chevington del Est and the lands of Hugh de Morwick in Chevington del West and the lands of Jordan Heron in Hadston. L About the year 1240 Chivington del Est was held of the king in chief by William de Vescy, N from whom Hugh de Morwick held it with Morwick as one and a half knight's fee of ancient feoffment.  N At Hugh de Morwick's death, about the year 1269, it was found by inquisition that he held a moiety of East Chevington, by knight's service, of Sir John de Vescy, which with Morwick was computed to comprise thirty librates of land and to be worth 30 per annum. N
There was a suit in 1280-1281 brought by Richard de Mautalent to recover from John de Roseles, the husband of one of Hugh de Morwick's daughters and co-heiresses, 20 messuages, 4 carucates of land, and 20 acres of meadow in East Chevington. N Sixteen years later his name heads the Subsidy Roll.

  .  s.  d.   s.  d.
Summa bonorum Roberti Mautaland 2  12  4 unde regi 4   9
" Gilberti Freman 0  18  6 " 1  8
" Johannis filii Hulle 0  15  4 " 1  4
" Adae Roke 0  15 10 " 1  5
" Hawisiae viduae 0  18  4 " 1  8
" Roberti clerici 0  14  4 " 1  3
Summa hujus villae 6 14s 8d.       Unde domino regi, 12s. 3d
    Three or four years afterwards actions were brought by Robert de Mautalent and Christiana his wife against Robert de Lumley and Theophania, widow of John de Bulmer, for common of pasture in West Chevington and to recover certain tenements in East Chevington. N Besides the name of Robert de Mautalent, who heads the list, the Subsidy Roll of 1312 contains the interesting local name of Gilbert Bayard, and those of John the grieve, Richard the grieve, and Thomas clericus.
  .  s.  d.   s.  d.
Summa bonorum Roberti Mautalent 4  4  4 unde regi 8  5
" Gilberti Freman 4  2  6 " 8  3
" Roberti filii Hugonis 2  10  8 " 5  1
" Ranulphi forestarii 1  4  0 " 2  5
" Galfridi filii Rogeri 1  10  4 " 3  0
" Roberti de Molliston 1  0  0 " 2  0
" Johannis praepositi 1  8  4 " 2  10
" Ricardi praepositi 0  15  4 " 1  6
" Thomae clerici 1  12  8 " 3  3
" Gilberti Bayard 0  18  4 " 1  10
Summa totius villae de Chevinton Est, 19 6s 6d.       Unde  regi, 38s. 8d
     Twenty acres of land in Chevyngton Est worth 5d. an acre, with a bondagium, containing 30 acres, worth 14s. a year, and 7 acres of land, also worth 5d. an acre, were held from Ralph de Bulmer by William Latymer, who died about the year 1335, by the service of 20d. yearly ; his heir was his son, William Latymer, then aged five years. N The Subsidy Roll of the following year contains the name of Christiana, widow of Robert Mautalent.
Johannes filius Willelmi, 5s. 4d.; Gilbertus bercarius, 4s.; Hugo de Mollesdon, 3s. 8d.; Johannes filius Thomae, 3s. 4d. ; Christiana Maukaland, 6s. 8d. ; Gilbertus filius Ranulphi, 3s. ; Thomas Bayard, 2s. 8d. ; Willelmus filius Gilberti, 2s. 4d.     Summa, 31s.
    In 1345-1346 Sir Marmaduke de Lumley and David Gray held the vills of East Chevington and Morwick from Henry de Percy of Alnwick. L After the death of Sir Marmaduke de Lumley his lands at East Chevington were occupied during the minority of his heir, and the issues were received by John de Nevill, until August, 1383; they were worth 60s. per annum. N Sir Ralph Lumley, the second son, and ultimately heir, of Sir Marmaduke, married John de Nevill's daughter, N and in the settlement of his estates made on the 29th of June, 1384, his lands in East Chevington were included. N 
The lands inherited by Sir Ralph de Bulmer through his mother from Hugh de Morwick had, before the year 1386, passed to the issue of his sister Eva, wife of Henry fitz Hugh of Ravenswath, for Sir Henry fitz Hugh, knight, died on the 29th of August of that year seised of 48 acres called 'les dymeynez,' of 4 husbandlands and two cottages in East Chevington ; Henry fitz Hugh his son and heir was 23 years of age. N
    Sir Henry fitz Hugh, who died on the 11th of January, 1424/5 held in East Chevington 48 acres of demesne land worth 2d. an acre, 2 acres of meadow each acre worth 2s. a year, 3 roods of meadow worth 6d. a rood, 3 messuages each worth 18d. a year, 3 husbandlands each of which was worth 3s. a year, and two cottages each worth 12d. a year. N He also held a free rent of 6d. a year from a piece of land called 'Spitelgarth', N which may possibly be represented by the unidentified lands in Chevington which, at the dissolution of the monastic houses, belonged to the preceptory of Mount St. John, in Yorkshire, and were then worth 2s. a year.  N
    The fitz Hugh lands in East Chevington were, in 1568, held by Lord Dacre of the South, N who apparently sold them with his lands in Morwick to Thomas Bates, for about the year 1586 the moiety of East Chevington, formerly held by Hugh de Morwick, was held by Thomas Bates (in succession of the heirs of Lord fitz Hugh), and by Ralph Grey paying 6s. 8d. yearly to Alnwick for castle guard and 8d. for cornage. N
    The descent of the Mautalent moiety of the township is more obscure than that of the Morwick moiety. John Mautalent, son of Robert and Christiana, having transferred his allegiance from Edward II. to the Scottish king, his English lands were confiscated,  N and his moiety of Howick was, on the 17th of May, 1319, in the presence of the parliament assembled at York, granted to Thomas Grey of Horton. N Grey petitioned for and subsequently obtained the reversion of the moiety of Chyvyngton, which John de Mautalent's mother, Christiana, held, not in dower, but by feoffment, which moiety, the jurors said, was held of Robert de Lumley, by the service of half a mark yearly for the ward of Alnwick castle ; it used to be worth in time of peace 13 6s. 8d.  N
    In 1341 Sir Gerard de Widdrington obtained a licence N from Edward III to grant to the chaplain performing divine service at Widdrington a certain rent charged on his lands in Widdrington, Druridge, and East Chevington. Sir John Widdrington, knight, who died on the 20th of February, 1443/4, held of Henry, earl of Northumberland, in his demesne as of fee a moiety of the vill of Cheyvyngton Est, which was worth 40s. a year.  N He was succeeded by his son, Roger Widdrington, who died on the 2nd of August, 1451, seised of a moiety of the vill of Est Chevyngton, which at that time was worth 20s. a year, and 'not more on account of the destruction of the Scotch and the desolation of the country in the last war.'  N The lands in East Chevington stated to have been held by Sir John Widdrington in 1568 N must have been during his lifetime conveyed to his son, Sir Henry, who about the year 1586 held a moiety of the township, N and who by a deed dated the 27th of April, 1583, N limited the manors of East and West Chevington to Hector Widdrington. N
    As Chevington is not again mentioned in the Widdrington deeds it is probable that the deed made in 1583 may have been preliminary to the sale of this estate, and that when Sir Ralph Grey included East Chevington in the settlement of his estates on the 1st of March, 1607/8,  N he may then have been in possession of both moieties of the township.
    At a muster taken on the Moot-law on the 26th of March, 1580, only one horseman was provided by East Chevington ; but at the muster taken on Clifton field on the 24th of November, 1595, Roger Brotherwicke and Mark Hedley, each provided with petronel, coat of plate, steel cap, sword and dagger, presented themselves, but Brotherwicke's grey mare and Hedley's grey nag were returned as unfit. N
    The only name entered in the Book of Rates of 1663 is that of Ralph Grey, esquire, who was rated at 450 a year ; William, Lord Grey, answered in 1664 at the Knights' Court of the barony of Alnwick for Morwick and East Chevington. N
    During the early part of the seventeenth century, East Chevington was occupied by Edward Dodsworth, a member of the Yorkshire family of Dodsworth of Barton, several members of which seem to have served the Greys of Chillingham in the management of their estates. The writer of the Memoir of Ambrose Barnes states that Barnes was nephew of Henry Dodsworth of the West park, near Romaldkirk, who was appointed to be the king's huntsman in 1619, and who 'was well known to King Charles I., and sometime appeared at the head of the hounds when his majesty went to hunt. N This Henry Dodsworth was a kinsman, seemingly a nephew, of  'Edward Dodsworth of East Chevington, huntsman to King James,' who, according to his epitaph in the churchyard of Warkworth, ' departed to the mercy of God, the 30th of May, anno domini 1630.  N

ARMS: Argent: on a chevron three bugle horns sable as many bezants.
Heralds' visitation of Yorkshire 1666


This pedigree was prepared by the late Canon Raine of York, and may be compared with that entered in Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, 1666. Where additions have been made by the Editor references are given.
(a) M.I., Warkworth churchyard. (b) Foster, Admissions to Gray's Inn. (c) Durham Probate Registry.


   1630, 10th April. Will of Edward Dodsworth of East Chevington, gentleman. To be buried in the churchyard of Warkworth. To my two married daughters, Isabell Slow (? Stow) and Katheryne Beare (? Beard) 50s. each ; to my unmarried children, Raph, Robert, Jane, Francis, Mary, Margaret, and Elizabeth, two parts of my goods ; the third part to Katheryne, my loving wife, whom I make my executor. Seal, a chevron between three bugle horns. Proved `in capella de Morpeth,' 27th October, 1630.

   1630, 18th September. Inventory praised by William Craister, John Spore, Edward Patterson, and Jerrard Browell. His poorse and appareil, 10; 27 kye and calfe and a bull, 56 ; 4 quies and swine, 8 ; 7 young beasts, 8 8s.; 18 of younger sorte, 18 ; 16 younger, 10 14s. 4d. ; 2 ox and 3 kye, 7 ; 32 ox, 40 yewes, 20 hogs, 6 meares, and a foale, 110 2s.; I ston'd colt, 3 wark horses, 2 young mares, 12 ; in parlor and aboute the house, 10s.; 8 waines  3 plews, yocks, and harrows, 8 ; hard corn, 16 bool, 33 14s. 4d.; 24 of oats, 60 (?) ; 6 bool of beare, 3; 3 bools of beans, 3; 3 hyves, 10s.; cupboard, a chare, stools, and forms, 1 10s; 3 bedsteads, etc., 3; pewter and brass, fire crooks, tongs and speet, 6 8s. 4d.; 6 silver spoons and boole, 10s. ; other beddings, chests, etc., clothes, and linen, 8 6s. Total, 368 13s. Owing to testator : by Sir Edward Grey, 27 ; by Jo. Sim, 5; by M. Thompson, 6 10s.; by Edmond Fynch, 18s.  39 8s. Owing by testator, 110. servants' wages, 8 14s.
118 14s. Durham Probate Registry.

1680, 28th September. Will of Edward Dodsworth of Barton, gent. Being something sickly and weake in body. All my lands, etc., in Barton to the heirs males of my sister Elizabeth Killinghall, deceased, and of my sister, Mary Killinghall, and for defalt of such, to my cozen John Dodsworth of Watlass, esq., and his right heirs. I charge my brother, John Killinghall, esq., to redeliver upp to my deare mother, Mrs. Margaret Chater, a bond for 100; to my friends, Mr. John Theobalds, as a token, 5; remainder to my sister, Mary Killinghall, and William Killinghall, my nephew ; to Mr. Loftus, as a token, 5 guineas. Proved at York, 13th July, 1681. York Probate Registry.

1683, 4th September. Will of John Sleigh the younger, of Berwick, burgess. I give to my wife, Jane, the 30 which my uncle, Robert Morton, burgess, deceased, left me by will, which sum Elizabeth, his wife, was to pay me, but she having married with Samuel Barker, and afterwards with George Walton, both of Barton in Yorkshire, the said legacy was not paid me. Proved at Durham, 1684. Raine, Test. Dunelm.

   Mrs. Chaytor's alleged patriarchal age should be compared with the date of her son's birth, as reckoned by his age when he entered his pedigree at the Visitation of Yorkshire. The entry of her burial in the Barton register is as follows : 1703, 26th February. The burial of Mrs. Margarett Chaytor, and aged 100 years and odd. She marryed Coll. Chaytor to her second husband ; Mr. Rob. Dodsworth was her first.'

   In the month of December, 1703, the ' Saint Anna,' a Dutch vessel, came into Shields harbour, and a portion of the cargo was found to comprise cases of arms. Amongst the passengers were a German named Herman Mohl, who was going to work at Shotley Bridge sword works ; Joseph Heron, servant to Mr. Ramsay of Brinkburn, who was a captain in Colonel Collyer's regiment, then quartered at Bergen op Zoom ; and Robert Dodsworth, a volunteer in the same regiment, who belonged to the neighbourhood of Felton, and was on furlough. N
    The Felton register contains many entries relating to persons of this name, some of whom were doubtless descendants of the huntsman's eldest son, Ralph, who settled in that parish, but they cannot be connected. It is possible that the husband of Edward Dodsworth's second daughter, Catherine, may have been one of the Bards or Bairds of West Chevington. Frances, the fourth daughter, married Edward Rochester, vicar of Wooler. N
    The Dodsworths were followed by the family of Brown, of which successive generations, for a period of a century and a half, enjoyed the tenancy.  N It is probable they originally came from the adjoining parish of Woodhorn, in which some of them owned freehold lands at Cresswell and tithes at Linton and Ellington.


(a) Warkworth Register. (b) M.I., Warkworth. (c) Durham Probate Registry. (d) Lesbury Register. (e) M.I., Woodhorn. (f) Newcastle Courant, 16th May, 1801. (g) Mr. S. F. Widdrington's Deeds.

* One of these two ladies seems to have married Thomas Clark of Woodhorn.


1664, 21st April. Bond of marriage, John Brown of East Chevington and Dorothy Ogle, spinster.

1691, 17th November. Mr. Thomas Brown of Chevington buried. Milford Register.

1692, 8th October. Richard Brown of Chevington buried. Ibid.

1719, 23rd December. Will of Edward Brown of Chevington. I give my corn tithes at Ellington to my wife Mary Brown for life, and then to my grandson Edward Brown, son of my son Nicholas Brown. My house at Warkworth to my wife for life, and then to my grandson Edward, son of my son William Brown. To my grandson Edward, son of my late son John Brown, deceased, 10. My sons Henry, Richard, and William Brown. My household goods to my wife and to my daughters Mary Wake, Jane Gregson, and Margaret Brown. My wife executrix. Proved 1720. Durham Probate Registry.

1748, 9th July. Will of Edward Brown of Broomhill. I give my tithes of Ellington to my son Edward. 4 per annum to my father, Nicholas Brown. My daughters Alice, Isable, Jane, and Mary. My wife Jane and my brothers Thomas Clark of Woodhorn and William Brown of Ellington, executors. Proved 1748. Raine, Test. Dunelm.

1749/50, 15th February. Elisebetha Brown annos nata 105 de West Chivinton. Warkworth Register of Burials.

1784, 3rd July. Will of Edward Brown of East Chevington. I give my landed estate, houses, stock, and crop at Cresswell, and my (leasehold) farm at East Chevington to my wife Eleanor Brown, and after her death or remarriage I give the same equally amongst my daughters Margaret Johnson, Eleanor and Jane Brown. The Rev. Henry Johnson to be accountable to my daughters Eleanor and Jane Brown for what money he has got from me. I give my shares in the 'William and Hannah' of Sunderland and in the sloop 'Robert and Ann' of Alnmouth to my wife. Edward Cook of Togston, esq., Mr. William Wake of Greensfield and Mr. Edward Fenwick of Newton to be executors. Proved10th April, 1786. Durham Probate Registry.


     The Browns were succeeded in 1805 by Mr. James Wilson, of a Berwick family, and he in succession by Messrs. Lowrey and Alderson. Earl Grey is now the proprietor of the whole township.
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