Amble and District
     Local History


Long Benton Register. Cf. Besly, Desultory Notices, etc., of Long Benton, pp. 13, 18.
Mr George Tate's Deeds.
There were apparently five sisters and co-heiresses : John Kelly (who died 1768) purchased the shares of two of them, and the other shares were acquired by Matthew White of Blagdon, whose successor in title, Sir Matthew White Ridley of Blagdon, sold the same to Mr. George W. Tate, the proprietor of the remainder of the township
Rev. John Hodgson's Collection. Chevington Guard Book.
Durham Probate Registry.
In Trinity term, 26 Eliz., William Fenwyke and Robert Woodrington, esquires, and Thomas Woodrington, gent., demand against Hector Woodrington, gent., the manor of East Chevington and certain lands there with a rent of 5s. in East and West Chevington. It is adjudged that the demandants receive seisin. Y.R.O. Recovery Rolls 6, rot. 16 (Trinity, 26 Eliz.).
Liber Feodarii. Ibid. pt. iii. vol. iii. p. lxii.
Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. ii. vol. ii. p. 234.
Inq. p.m. 18 Edw. III. second numbers, No. 6. Inq. p.m. 25 Edw. III. second numbers, No. 2. Inq. p.m. 26 Edw. III. second numbers, No. 62.
The Census Returns are : 1801, 7 ; 1811, 22 ; 182I, 14 ; 1831, 14 ; 1841, 19 ; 1851, 20 ; 1861, 14 ; 1871, 15 ; 1881, 11 ; 1891, 15.
A discharge note granted by Mr. Fenwick to one of his hinds has been found by Mr. M. H. Land amongst his father's papers. As an evidence of the state of things long passed away and almost forgotten, it is printed here: ` West Chivington, February 28th, 1794. The bearer, John Mather, is at liberty to hire with who he pleases, to enter the 12th of May. Jos. Fenwick.'
To be sold by public roup, the oxen, implements of husbandry, and other farm stock on West Chevington farm, belonging to Mr. Thomas Compton. Newcastle Journal, May, 1770. 1768, July 16th. Thomas Compton of this parish and Elizabeth Wood of the parish of Carham, married. Warkworth Register.
To let, the large farm of West Chevington, in the possession of Mr. William Brown. Enquire of Sir Henry Grey, bart., at Howick, or Mr. Grieve at Alnwick. Newcastle Journal, August, 1746. To be let, the farm of West Chevington, comprising I,500 acres, in the possession of Mr. William Brown ; it is intended to divide the premises into two or three farms. Newcastle Courant, December, 1762.
Ex inf. Mr. R. G. Bolam of Berwick.
Much timber was felled at the end of last century, when a merchant ship, called the 'Chevington Oak,' was built near the building called ` the granary,' midway between Warkworth and Amble. At a later day a small manufactory for the making of pyroligneous acid was set up at Chevington by one of Lord Grey's servants. Ex inf. Mr. M. H. Dand.
Though the matter more properly belongs to Chillingham, the document may be briefly abstracted here. ` Licence to William, Lord Gray, Baron Warke, and his heirs, to enclose and make into a park their lands containing about 40 acres enclosed with walls, called Chillingham parke, etc., and to enclose as much as they will of the land which at the time of such enclosure shall be their own, of whatsoever kind in the parish of Chillingham, and in Rosse, and West Chevington, not exceeding in all 1,500 acres, so to enlarge the park now called Chillingham parke, or to make other park or parks at their will. Grant of all liberties and rights, and of free warren, and of right to include in enclosure to be made, all ways and paths then existing in the land to be enclosed, making other ways and paths of the same width on his land.' P.R.O. Pat. Roll, 5 Chas. I. pt. xx. entry 4.
Rev. John Hodgson's Collection.
Ex Grey Deeds ; Lambert MS.
Letter from Edward Grey to Eure, dated 17th November, 1597. Ibid. ii. p. 452.
Ibid. ii. p. 79.
Cal. Border Papers, Bain, i. p. 21.
P.R.O. Notes of Fines, Northumberland, Mich. 19 and 20 Eliz.
`Chibynton. Et de ijs de redditu assise diversorum liberorum tenencium domini regis de Chibbynton praedicta annuatim, solvendis ad festa praedicta equaliter.' Ministers' Accounts, 38 Hen. VIII. to I Edw. VI. No. 51, m. 60. Cf. Arch. Ael. xvii. p. 279.
Liber Feodarii, 10 Eliz. ; Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. iii. p. lxiii.
Ex Grey Deeds ; Lambert MS.
Inq. p.m. Thomas, filius et heres Radulfi de Lumley, 5 Henry IV. No. 30. Writ, dated Westminster, 25th January, 1404/5.
Inq. p.m. Robertus fil. et heres Marmaduci de Lumleye, 7 Ric. II. No. 51. Writ, dated Westminster, 13th July, 1383.
10th April, 1379. Cal. Pat. Rolls, Ric. II. p. 409.
Inq. p.m. 25 Edw. III. second numbers, No. 2. Writ, dated Westminster, 10th September, 1351.
Cf. Newminster Chartulary, Fowler, p. 295. Surtees Soc. No. 66.
Inq. p.m. 18 Edw. III. second numbers, No. 6. Writ, dated Westminster, 12th June, 1344.
Dated at Westminster, 5th July, 1321, Cal. Close Rolls, 14 Edw. II. p. 314. On the 10th November, 1332, Edmund de Chevyngton going beyond seas on pilgrimage obtained letters patent nominating John de Spridelyngton and Geoffrey Baldewyn to act as his attorneys in England until Midsummer. Cal. Pat. Rolls, Edw. III. p. 368.
The witnesses to the deed are : Sir Roger Mauduit, John de Woderingtone, Simon de Crawell, Adam de Plecys, Henry de Setone, Fulco de Typinham, Robert de Alneham, Robert de Hardene, Simon de eadem. Seal gone.
Rot. Pat. 28 Edw. I. m. 12 in dorso. Duke of Northumberland's Transcript, p. 336.
Some notice of Robert de Mautalent and his son, John, is given under Howick, vol. ii. p. 348.
Inq. p.m. Joh. de Bulmere, 28 Edw. I. No. 19. Writ, dated Durham, 4th December, 1299.
John de Bulmer died 17th February, 1298/9, and was buried in Guisbrough priory. Walter de Hemingbrough, ii. p. 184.
Inq. p.m. Sibil de Lumeleye, 26 Edw. I. No. 23. Writ, dated Stryvelyn (Stirling), 2nd August, 26 Edw. I.
Rot. Pat. 10 Edw. 1. m. 14 in dorso. Duke of Northumberland's Transcript, p. 114.
Inq. p.m. Hugh de Morwyk, 53 Hen. III. No. 18, taken at Newcastle, 26th April, 1269. Writ, dated Westminster, 2nd March, 53 Hen. III.
Testa de Nevell, p. 382 b. Cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. i. p. 206.
Printed in the Red Book of the Exchequer, I, p. 438. See p. 345 supra.
Conipotus Joliannis de Esselyngton ; Q.R. Misc. Ministers' Accounts, 5-6 Edw. II. P.R.O. Cf. Border Holds, i. p. 231.
Testa de Nevill, pp. 382 b and 192 b. Cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. i. p. 222.
It is now in the collection of William Allan Sturge, M.D., of Nice.
The Census Returns are : 1801, 90; 1811, 101 ; 1821, 108; 1831, 117 ; 1841, 67 ; 1851, 104; 1861, 161; 1871, 190; 1881, 503; 1891, 587.
The following perpetual curates or incumbents have been licensed up to the present time : 1863, James Dand of Christ college, Cambridge ; 1881, Albert P. Lawrence ; 1895, John T. H. Smith.
London Gazette, 24th August, 1868, and 10th April, 1877.
By Order in Council; London Gazette, 12th June, 1863.
In an examination of the yard made on the 28th of April, 1896, this stone was found to lie within the foundation walls of the chapel.
The information of Margaret, wife of David Sheel, and Mary Leatch, sp., taken upon oath 16th January, 1717/18. Session Records.
Duke of Northumberland's MSS.
Warkworth Churchwardens' Books. When the wall of Warkworth churchyard was rebuilt in 1794, the river-side section was undertaken by the chapelry of Chevington in the following proportions : East Chevington, fourteen farms at 2 yards per farm, 27½ yards ; West Chevington, twelve farms, 24 yards ; Hadston, eight farms, 16 yards.
Ciavis Ecclesiasticus, 1577-1587. Ibid. p. 9. The names of the following curates have been preserved : 11th June, 1583, John Emsall ; 26th January, 1584, Robert Welefine (?) ; 7th July, 1585, Robert Wilson; 16th March, 1604, John Monk.
Rev. John Hodgson's Collection, V, pp. 230, 234, 238, 275.
Ibid. p. 75.
Ecclesiastical Proceedings of Bishop Barnes, p. 35, Surtees Soc. No. 22.
Evidence on this point was produced in a tithe suit in the Court of Exchequer (Kenicot v. Watson), 27th January, 1814. Woodman Collection, Soc. of Antiquaries, Newcastle.
The Brislington burn (called the Hammer burn in the Ordnance Survey) rises in Chevington wood ; the Coal burn (called the Woodside burn in the Ordnance Survey) rises near Chester house in the township of Acklington.
Chevington, the mark inhabited by the Cifingas. Kemble, Saxons in England, i. p. 460.

Old Chevington Chapelry


 Above: Old Chevington Chapelry and its four township divisions:
East Chevington, West Chevington, Bullocks Hall and Hadston.


    The chapelry of Chevington, N with an area of 5,484 acres, comprised in four townships, is situated at the south side of Warkworth parish and abuts on the sea. It is drained and watered by a small stream which takes its rise in the parish of Bothal, not far from Stobswood, receives as affluents the Brislington and Coal burns, N and under the name of the Chevington burn, reaches the sea at Chibburn mouth ; there is another smaller stream called the Lady burn, which flows direct into the sea. A considerable portion of the chapelry was in early times occupied by an outlying part of Earsdon forest, a fragment of which remains in Chevington wood. In the early part of this century plentiful crops of excellent wheat were produced, but of late years much of the land has been laid down to grass. Through the opening out of the coal-field the population has during the last hundred years been increased tenfold.
    The chapel, probably built by one of the Morwicks, lords of the fee of West Chevington, was originally one of three dependent upon the church of Woodhorn. N  The exact time or the circumstances under which it was granted by the prior and convent of Tynemouth, in whose hands was the rectory of Woodhorn, to the bishop of Carlisle as rector of the church of Warkworth, is unknown. Up to the sixteenth century it was included in, and its ministers answered at the court of, the rural deanery of Morpeth, and not, as did the vicars of Warkworth, at that of Alnwick. At the chancellor's visitation held at Morpeth in 1578, Anthony Hopper, the curate, and John Law, the parish clerk of Chevington answered, N and at a general chapter held in the same year and place, the name of John Lyghton, curate of Chevington, is entered amongst those who had satisfactorily performed his task on the study of St. Matthew's gospel. N The chapel at this period had no incumbent, but was served by a `stipendarie prieste.' N

     In the ecclesiastical arrangements of Warkworth parish the inhabitants of the chapelry were never permitted to forget that they were outsiders, for in the appropriation of seats in the parish church made under faculty in 1719 not one was given to any house, hamlet, or estate in Chevington. Not unnaturally the ratepayers frequently resisted, though they generally compromised, the demands made by the wardens for the payment of the church rate. N
The chapel stood in a graveyard containing about half an acre of land, close to the homestead of Bullocks-hall. Warburton, writing about 1715, calls ` West Chevington a mean village, in which is a ruined chapel of ease.' N If the tradition which ascribes the final destruction of the chapel to a fire be based on fact, it is probable that it happened about this period, for the bell of `West Schivington Chappell' was stolen by Ralph Blacklaw and George Wilson of Sandifordstone, tinkers, about Michaelmas, 1717. N The middle of the graveyard is a couple of feet above the level (being evidently raised by débris), and the only stone which can now be seen is a large and heavy through-stone with bevelled edges, N from which all traces of an inscription, if any ever existed, have disappeared.
   The graveyard, which continued to be used for burials up to the beginning of this century, was afterwards treated, somewhat irregularly, by the vicars of Warkworth as parcel of their glebe, but it has recently been transferred by the vicar of Warkworth to the perpetual curate of Chevington.
    In 1863 the chapelry of Chevington was severed from Warkworth and constituted an ecclesiastical district or parish. N A church and parsonage-house were built, and the benefice was endowed by the Ecclesiastical commissioners, with certain rent-charges N accruing from the townships of West and East Chevington, Bullocks-hall, and Hadston, parcel of the rectory of Warkworth. N





West Chevington Township Northumberland


  The township of West Chevington, which occupies the south-west angle of Warkworth parish, comprises an area of 1,859 acres. Its population in 1891 was 587. N A projection at the south-west of the township was formerly moorland, and is still called Chevington Moor, and the north-west corner is woodland. In a corner of Chevington wood, in the making of the main line of the North Eastern Railway, there was found a stone axe. It is 8½ inches long, and the width of the cutting edge is 2¼ inches. It is very symmetrically made and ground, with a fine polish over the whole surface. N
  From the time of, or immediately after, the Conquest, the small barony of West Chevington was held of the king in chief by the service of one knight's fee N by the family the history of which has been related under Morwick. A rent of 13s. 4d. a year was paid to the royal castle of Bamburgh for castle ward. N Though the lords of the fee must have possessed a seat house for their usual or occasional residence, no traces have been found, nor does any record show the existence of a tower or any stronghold.
   In the letter already mentioned, N written about 1166 by Ernulph de Morwick to Henry II., the king is informed that the barony was held as one knight's fee of ancient feoffment, `that is to say, from the time of King Henry your grandfather' (1100-1135), and that a certain David held one half of it from Ernulph.
    About the year 1240 William de Bamburgh held the fourth part of the barony of West Chevington from Hugh de Morwick (the said Hugh being the king's ward) as the fourth part of one knight's fee of ancient feoffment. N Thirty years later it was found by inquisition, taken on the death of Sir Hugh de Morwick III., that he had died seised of twenty librates of land in West Chyvington, which were worth £20 a year, and were held by knight service and a payment of 1 mark to Bamburgh castle, and suit at the county court. N The youngest of Sir Hugh de Morwick's four daughters having taken the veil and become a nun ; the inheritance was divided amongst the other three, viz.: Sibilla, wife of Sir Roger de Lumley ; Theophania, wife of Sir John de Bulmer ; and Beatrix, wife of Sir John de Roseles. By an agreement made in 1277 the one-third share of Beatrix de Roseles in West and East Chevington and Morwick devolved upon her eldest sister Sibilla, against whose second husband Lawrence de St. Maur and others a suit concerning tenements in West Chevington was brought by Robert de Bamburgh in 1281-1282. N St. Maur apparently resided at Chevington, for his name heads the Subsidy Roll of 1296.

  £.  s.  d.   s.  d.
Summa bonorum Domini Laurencii de Sammore 8  17  2 unde regi 16  1¼
"     Isabellae viduae 1  2  2 " 2  0¼
" Willelmi Buruman 0 15  4 " 1  4¾
"  Thomae Hucong 0 13  0 " 1  2¼
" Gilberti filii Evae 0 18  0 " 1  7¾
" Thomae de Almham 0 18  4 " 1   8
" Roberti de Tudhowe 1  4 10 " 2   3
" Nicholai forestarii 0 17 10 " 1  7½
" Agnetis viduae 1  3  2 " 2  1¼
" Alexandri Sualler 0 17  1 " 1  6½
" Roberti filii Arnaldi 0  12 6 " 1  1¾
" Roberti Roke 1  3  6 " 2  1¾
" Hugonis praepositi 1  1  6 " 1  11½
Summa hujus villae £20 4s. 5d.       Unde domino regi, £1 16s. 9¼d
    Sibilla de Morwick survived her second husband and died on the Saturday after the 26th of July, 1298. In an inquisition taken at Morpeth on the 10th of September of the same year, it was found that she held of the king in chief the capital messuage of West Chevington, worth 2s. a year, and demesne lands, comprising 160 acres of arable land in her own hand, worth 4d. an acre ; 12 acres of arable land, let at 5s. a year ; 18 acres of arable land lying waste, worth 3d. an acre ; 16 acres of arable land, let for 12s. 8d. ; 1 acre of arable land, let at 6d.; 8 acres of meadow, worth 2s an acre ; and 60 acres of wood of which the underwood could be sold for 5s. a year. She also held in the vill of West Chevington five `bondagia,' each of which comprised a house and 18 acres of arable land, and paid 15s. a year ; five `bondagia,' each of which also comprised a house and 18 acres of land, but were lying waste and paid nothing, though the land was worth 3d. an acre ; three `cottagia,' of which the first comprised a house and 1 acre of arable land, and paid 2s. 6d. a year ; the second, a house and 2 acres of arable land, paying 2s. 6d. a year ; and the third, a house and ½ acre of arable land, paying 1s. 9d. a year. She was also seised in the same vill of 2s. a year of the service of Robert Roke for a messuage and 15 acres of land which he held of her, and of 12d. a year of the service of Alexander Sualler for 2 acres of arable land. All these tenements, etc., were held by Sibilla of the king in chief by the service of two parts of one knight's fee, and by paying to the king two parts of a mark of silver for the ward of Bamburgh castle, and two parts of 14d. for the king's cornage, two parts of 20s. for farm of the forest of Chivinton, and two parts of 12d. for fence month, and doing suit at the county court with John de Bulmer and Theophania, his wife, who was the said Sibilla's coparcener in West Chyvyngton. N
  An inquisition was taken at Chevington on Thursday, the 28th of July, 1300, in which it was found that John de Buliner N had died seised of one third of the vill of West Chevington of the inheritance of his wife, Theophania (who survived her husband), one of the heirs of Hugh de Morwick, held of the king in chief by the service of a third part of a knight's fee, the third part of one suit at the county court, and of paying 3s. 4d. yearly for the ward of Bamburgh castle, 5s. yearly at the Exchequer of Newcastle for disafforestation of the forest, and 3¾d. for cornage. There was no capital messuage, but of demesne there were 80 acres of arable land, worth 4d. an acre, 5 acres of meadow, worth 25. 8d. an acre ; a several pasture called the North-more, lying between Bristilden and the North burn, containing 14 acres, and worth 2s a year. There were three free tenants, namely, Roger Roke, who held 8 acres and paid 3s. 4d. a year ; Robert Roke, who held 5 acres and paid 12d. a year ; Thomas de Alneham, who held 8 acres and paid 2d. a year. Four ` bondi,' held 18 acres apiece, and paid 15s. a year each ; another bondagium contained 18 acres, and paid 10s. a year. There were 9 acres of land which paid 2s 6d. a year, 14 acres of free land which paid 12s. 4d., and two cottars, one paying 16d. and the other 12d. a year. Between Colier burn and Stobbiswodeleye there was a wood called Stobbiswode, containing 100 acres of wood and waste, the herbage, pannage, and underwood of which were worth 5s. a year. A moor called le Brounside, between Stobbiswodeley and the Allerhepe, contained 10 acres and was worth 4d. a year. Of a wood called Chiveleye, between Bristildene and Kaldewelmore, containing 106½ acres of wood and waste, the herbage, pannage, and underwood were worth 6s. 8d. a year. N
    In the same year Robert de Mautalent N and Christiana, his wife, brought an action against Robert de Lumley (the son of Roger de Lumley and Sibilla de Morwick) and his aunt, Theophania, widow of John de Bulmer, concerning common of pasture in West Chevington. N
   To this period may be assigned a deed in the possession of the Rev. William Greenwell, by which William de Bamburge de Chivington gives to his daughter, Cecilia, and her heirs for ever a toft and croft and 24 acres of land and meadow in the vill and fields of Chivington, which Thurstan of Chivington once held of him. She was to pay 6d. per annum, viz., 3d. at Pentecost and 3d. at Martinmas. N
     Though Lawrence de St. Maur had been dead for fourteen years his name was allowed to remain at the head of the Subsidy Roll of 1312, which. also mentions the name of a priest who doubtless served the chapel at Chevington
  £.  s.  d.   s.  d.
Summa bonorum Laurentii de Sancto Mauro  9 7 0 unde regi 18 8½
" Sibillae viduae 1 12 8 " 3  3¼
" Willelmi Buryman 0  14  0 " 1  5
" Thomae Hutting 0  12  10 " 1  3½
" Gilberti filii Evae 1  13 08 " 3  4½
" Thomae de Alneham 1  5  0 " 2  6
" Nicholai forestarii 0  11  4 " 1  1¾
" Hugonis Fagge 1  1  6 " 2  2
" Hugonis clerici 0  17  0 " 1  8½
" Agnetis viduae 1  0  0 " 2  0
" Alexandri Sualler 1  5  8 " 2  7
" Roberti de Morewyke 1  19  0 " 1  11
" Roberti filii Arnaldi 0  18  0 " 1  9¾
" Hugonis capellani 0  13  0 " 1  3¾
" Vymarcae viduae 0  14 0 " 1  5
" Roberti Roke 0  19  4 " 1  11¼
" Hugonis pistoris 1  1  6 " 2  2
Totius villae de Chevinton West 25  6  10   50  8
   In July, 1321, Hugh le Smythessone of West Chevington being imprisoned in the castle at Newcastle-upon-Tyne for causing the death of Hugh le Grevessone of East Chevington, was granted letters ordering the sheriff of Northumberland to bail him until the next assizes. N
Willelmus de Morwyk, 8s. ; Willelmus Carpenter, 6s. 8d. ; Walterus de Percy, 4s. ; Walterus de Mora, 1s. 4d. Summa, 20s.
    It was found by an inquisition taken at Morpeth, on Sunday, the 17th of July, 1344, that it would not be to the king's loss to grant a licence to Ralph de Bulmere to infeoff John de Hastings, parson of Morpeth, and Edmund Paynell, parson of Berghton, of eleven tofts, 221 acres of land, and a rent of 45. 4d.  in West Chyvyngton. The said lands and rent were held of the king in chief by homage and fealty and by the service of a fourth part of 13s. 4d. for the ward of Bamburgh castle, and for 5s. of the disafforestment of the forest of Chyvyngton, and were of the yearly value of £4 in silver. N This licence was evidently obtained with the intention of selling the estate, an intention carried into effect seven years later, when, by an inquisition taken at Alnwick on the 8th of October, 1351, it was found it would not be to the king's loss if licence were granted to Sir Ralph Bulmer, knight, to enfeoff David Gray N and Joan, his wife, with a third part of the manor of West Chivynton ; it was then worth £4 10s. a year clear ; after paying 5s. to the sheriff at Midsummer day among the king's farms, called `Minute Particulars of Assarts' and 4s. 5d. to the constable of the royal castle at Bamburgh for cornage. N
    Letters patent granting a protection for one year were granted in 1379 to John Joce of Chevyngton, who was about to accompany Edmund, earl of March, and others to Ireland on the king's service. N By an inquisition taken in the castle at Newcastle on Tuesday, the 11th of August, 1383, it was found that Robert, son and heir of Marmaduke de Lumley, deceased, died under age on the 12th of December, 1374, and that the manor and vill of West Chevington, worth £5 a year beyond all service, were in the king's hand by reason of the said minority, but were occupied (by what warrant the jurors did not know) by John de Nevill. N
    Sir Ralph Lumley before his death had by charters dated the 29th of June, 1384, granted his lands and tenements, the rents and services of his free tenants and villains in the vill of West Chevington, East Chevington, Morwick, Reaveley, Longhirst, and Old Moor, to John Fullour, chaplain, and John Sadbergh, who remained in possession of the lands so granted until the 1st of November, 1393, when they conveyed them to John de Chestre, chaplain, and his brother William de Chestre as trustees. Thomas de Lumley was the son and heir of Sir Ralph, but died under age on the 31st of May, 1404, leaving as his heir his brother John de Lumley, N with whose descendants the barony of West Chevington remained until the 30th of March, 1559, when West Chevington was sold by John, Lord Lumley, to Sir Thomas Grey of Horton, N whose name is entered as owner of the same in the Feodary's Book in 1568. N
    At the dissolution of the monasteries the Knights Hospitaliers of Mount St. John in Yorkshire possessed a rent-charge of 2s. a year in Chevington. N
    In Michaelmas term, 1577, a fine was levied between Ralph Grey, esq., plaintiff (the husband of Sir Thomas Grey's eldest daughter), and Robert Clavering, esq., and Agnes, his wife, John Heron, esq., and Margery his wife, Roger Proctor, gentleman, and Barbara, his wife, and Humphrey Heron, gentleman, and John Heron, his son and heir apparent, deforciants, of the manors of Horton, Detchant, and West Chevington, and of 60 messuages, etc., in West Chevington, East Chevington, Morwick, and other places. N
    At a muster taken on the Moot-law on the 26th of March, 1580, West Chevington provided nine horsemen, N and fifteen years later, at a muster taken on Clifton field on the 24th of November, 1595, there appeared from West Chevington, Robert Walls, William Bairde, Mark Sotherne, and six others ; all of them being entered in the return as ` defective.' N In 1597 ` the plump watch,' ordered in respect of the outrages of `our home theaves,' was kept by the bailiff of Chevington ` at the Flower of Chevely.' N
    In a settlement dated the 1st of September, 1592, the manors, towns, and villages of West Chevington, East Chevington, and Morwick were entailed by Ralph Grey upon his issue male with remainder to his brothers Edward, Henry, Roger, and Arthur Grey ; N and by an appointment dated the 1st of March, 1607/8, he, being then Sir Ralph Grey, knight, limited West Chevington, East Chevington, Morwick, and other estates to his wife Dame Dorothy Grey for her jointure. N
The following inventory of the goods of one of the tenants of West Chevington, who died about this time, enumerates the farm stock and household plenishings of the period :
   1605, 2nd May. Inventory of the goods of John Robinsone of West Chevington : 8 oxen and 4 stotes, £16 ; 8 kyne and 6 calves, £10 13s 8d. ; 2 old mayres and a younger mayre, £3 13s. 4d. ; 15 yowes and lambs and 5 younger sheapp, ,£4 16s. 8d. ; wheat and rye sowen in the ground fyve boules, estimated to fyfteen boules, price £7 10s. ; oates sowen 9 boules, estimated to 27 boules, price ,£4 10s. ; beare and beannes sowen on boule, estimated to thre boules, price 20s. ; wheat and rye in the barne, 5 boules, 50s. ;4 waynnes, ploughe and plow irons, 2 iron sommes withe boutes and shakles, 6 yokes and 3 harrowes, price 50s. ; 2 almoneryes, a cawell, and a pressore, price 20s. ; 2 caldrons, 4 potts, 4 pannes, price 46s. 8d. ; 16 peace of putter, fyve candlestickes, and two salts, price 14s. 4d.; 1 potte and a ketle, price 16s. ; 6 cheastes and thre coffers, price 16s.; 7 tubes, 6 barrels, 2 skeales, pannes, mealles, and dishes, price 15s. 8d. ; 2 beddes, 2 chayres, 2 formes, and a borde, price 5s. 6d. ; 2 fyer crokes, a payre of tongs, and a paire of pott clips, price 2s.; 2 axes, one eche, 2 wambles, and one iron howe, price 3s.; 5 lynen sheates, 3 code pillowes, and 2 towels, price 22s. ; 4 coverlids, 4 plads, 3 blankets, 2 cods, 2 window cloathes, and 2 sakes, price 28s. 6d. ; a sowe and 3 pegges, 3 gesse with goslings and a ganner, sixe hens, 4 capons, and a coke, price 16s. 4d.; his cloake, his weareing apparell, his hatt, his steale cape, his bowe, and his sword, price 26s. 8d.; a spayde, a shull, and other trifles, price 2s. Summa, £66 18s.
   Debts that the testatore owethe: Imprimis, to my brother, Edward Robinson, 25s. ; to John Chator, 10s. ; to Robert Perrey, 10s. ; to John Davye, 12d. ; his funerall expenses, 21s. 10d.; Mr. Vicar's mortuary, 10s. Some, £3 16s.10d. Summa totalis debitis deductis, £63 1s. 10d. N

   The forest of Chevington, which has so often been incidentally mentioned, is represented at the present day by a wood situated in the north-west corner of the township, comprising about 400 acres. It seems to have been the intention of William, Lord Grey of Wark to reafforest a portion of it, for on the 28th of April, 1629, N  he obtained a licence to make a park at West Chevington. N
    In the division of the estates of Ford, Lord Grey, which took place in the early part of last century, West Chevington was apportioned to Mr. Henry Grey of Howick, whose descendant, the present Earl Grey, is the proprietor.
     About the year 1693 West Chevington north side was held by Johnson, Kirton, Clark, Henry Brown, and Valentine, as tenants to Lord Grey, at the total rent of £250 per annum, and the south side was held by Robert Johnson and William Clark at a rent of £75. N The family of Brown afterwards became tenants of the greater part of the estate and retained their tenancy until about 1763. N
    The Browns were succeeded by Thomas Compton N of Carham as tenant of West Chevington, and he was followed successively by Joseph Fenwick of Ulgham, N Francis Fenwick, Samuel Goodman, and others.




Bullocks-Hall Township Northumberland

     The small township of Bullocks-hall, originally included in West Chevington, owes its existence as a separate township to the operation of the Poor Law Act of Charles II. It comprises one estate of 210 acres, having, in 1891, a population of 15. N
    This estate may possibly represent that which in 1344 is described as comprising 11 tofts and 221 acres, worth £4 a year, and which, about 1351, was sold by Ralph de Bulmer to David Gray and Joan his wife. N Certain lands in Chevington as well as in East Chevington in 1372 held by Roger de Widdrington, N were in 1568 held by Sir John Widdrington, N and were, in the year 1583, dealt with in a recovery made between Robert Widdrington and others and Hector Widdrington. N
   As early as the fourteenth century the family of Bayard, Bard, or Baird was settled in East Chevington ; and in 1575 Christopher Bard of West Chevington, after desiring that his body should be buried in the parish church of Warkworth, gave the tenant right of his farmhold to the eldest of his four daughters, and arranged that she should marry an inmate of his house whom he calls `my sone Martin Barde,' who may have been his nephew and ward, ` and if he will not marrye hir he shall not tary ther but depart furthwith.' Whether this project resulted in a marriage is not known ; but William Bard of Chevington appeared at the muster taken on Clifton field in 1595, and Martin Bard was in 1608 one of the appraisers of the goods of Gawen Bard.

Baird (or Bard) of West Chevington


(a) Warkworth Register. (b) Mr. George Tate's Title Deeds. (c) Durham Probate Registry.
(d) A Will in the Rev. John Hodgson's Collection. (e) Arch. Ael. 4to series, ii. p. 323.


   1575, 10th July. Will of Christopher Barde of West Chevington, yeoman. To be buried within the parish church of Warkworth. My wyfe, Isabell Barde, and my four daughters, Margerey Barde, Elizabeth Barde, Janet Barde, and Agnes Barde, executors. To my sone, Martin Barde, one browne whye; Thomas Graye's children, one two-year-ould stotte ; Nycholas Barde, one dublet ; my brother, Robert Barde, one fille ; Isabell Barde, one yow ; and to Catheringe Barde, one yow ; to the chappell of West Chevington, one whye calfe ; to Thomas Bard, yonger, one gimer, and to Marion Arnell, one yow. With the lord's pleasure I give the tenante right of my house and farmhould to my doughter Margerie. I will that my wife Isabell Barde shall be the head governor of my house during hir widowhood. If so be that my sone, Martin Barde, will marye my daughter, Margerie Barde, my will is that he shall remaine ther, and if he will not marrye hir he shall not tary ther but depart furthwith. Supervisors : Mr. Henry Wetherington, my brother Thomas Barde, John Brotherwick, John Moller, and Christopher Burton. Proved 30th July, 1577. N

   1607, 19th July. Will of Gawyne Bard of West Chevyngton. My body to be buryed in the parish church of Warkworth payinge my accustomed fees. I bequeath unto my wyffe and my childe whiche shee is withe 12 oxen, 4 nagges, 2 stotts, 50 shepe, and three waynes with ther furniture ; I bequeathe unto my brother Thomas Barde and John Spure a coffar with £14 ; to George Birlettsonn, Martyne Birlettsonn, and Annas Birlettsonn, everye one of them a quye and a yowe hogge ; to Thomas Spure, Robert Spure, Richard Spure, Anas Spure, Katherine Spure, and Alesonn Spure, everye one of them a quye and a yowe hogge (if quyes will not serve, to give kyne); I bequeathe my corne and all the rest of my goods, movible and unmovible whatsoevere, to my wife and my childe. My brother Thomas Barde, supervisore, to see my wiffe and my child mayntained in ther rights and all my leaguses duly payd withe my funeral expences. Witnesses, Thomas Bard, Roger Perry, Thomas Patterson, John Steavenson, and John Mutlie, clarke.

   1607/8, 18th January. Inventory of Gawyne Bard of West Chevington, deceased, praised by Martyn Barde, Umphray Reey, Roger Brotherwicke, and Robert Wanlesse. 13 oxen, £22; 4 stotes, £4; 9 kyne and 4 calves, £12 ; 2 quyes and 2 quy stirkes, £3 ; 3 nagges and a foale, £5 10s. ; 31 sheepe, £3 5s.; 4 swyne, 10s.; wannes with ploughe and plow irons and other Cher appurtenances and harrows, £2 6s. 8d.; 2 almyres, a cawell, and a presser, £1; 2 caldrons, 4 potts, and 4 pannes, £2 6s. 8d. ; 18 peace of putter, 5 candlesticks, and 2 salts, 14s. 4d.; 4 cheasts and 2 coffers, 12s.; tubes and berrels with other wooden vessell, 13s. 4d.; 2 bedsteads, I chare, a forme, and a table, 4s. ; 2 fyre crookes, a pair of tongs and pottclip, 1 iron spitt, 2s.; I axe, I wumble and 1 ecke, 1s. 6d. ; 5 lenen sheets, 2 cod pillowes and towles, 18s.; 3 coverlids, 3 plads, 3 blankets, 2 cods, i windo clothe and 2 sacks, 24s. ; 2 gease and a ganner, 4 hens and a coke, 5s.; his apperell, 26s.; wheat and rye sowen 6 boolls, estimated to 18 boals, £8 15s. ; oates sowen 10 boolls, estimated to 30 bools, £5 5s.; bigge and beanes sowen 1 booll, estimated to 3 bools, £1 ; spades and sholles, with other trifles of household stuffe, 2s. ; the lease of his tenements, valued £20 ; in money, £5 16s. ; Thomas Craster oweth to this testator 11s. 4d. ; 1 oxe sould, 30s. ; ` to years surgeon,' 30s. ; 3 yows sould, 9s. Total, £103 7s. gd.
   Debts : To the two children of John Robinson for their filiall portions, viz., Alice and Jane Robinson, £30 19s. ; to Thomas Paterson, 8s. ; to William Chamberlaine, 10s. ; to Roger Perrey, 1s. 11d. Total, £31 18s. 11d.
   A note of these things that are added and debts cancelled by lewdness of the mennestere in the inventoryes of Gawenne Bayrde without the knowledge of the praysers. An oxe solde, etc., 30s. ; geven to the phesisionn, left out in the debts, 30s. ; 20s. in funyrals ; mortywarie, 10s. ; for admenystratione tuitione and pirrytyrs' (apparitors) fees, 27s. 6d.; to John Monke for the invetaryes, 2s. ; lare stable (sic), 3s.; Edward Robinson, 7d.; geven to the poore at his buryall, 10s. N

    William Baird, who died in 1682, was probably married twice, for Martin Baird, who seems to have been his eldest son, joined in a mortgage on the 10th of November, 1681, and William Baird, another son, to whom he conveyed a certain portion of his estate in 1675, was succeeded by his sisters, who are described as his co-heiresses, N which would not have been the case if his elder brother had been of the whole blood. On the 2nd of November, 1692, Martin Baird conveyed the equity of redemption of his lands to the mortgagee, John Kelly of Whorlton Moor. N




(a) Duke of Northumberland's MSS. (d) The late Mr. Wm. Woodman's MSS.
(b) Mr. George Tate's Deeds. (e) For pedigree of Longridge see vol. iv. p. 233
(c) Long Benton Register and M.I. (f) Newcastle Chronicle, 24th Dec., 1774.
 (g) Newcastle Merchant Adventurers, Dendy, ii.


* These ladies seem to have married respectively Robert Gibson of Newcastle, Joseph Nixon
of Deckham hall, and Thomas Denham of Redheugh, who were trustees and executors of the will of John Kelly in 1696.

    It is stated that the family of Kelly came from Scotland in the first half of the seventeenth century ; towards the end of it they acquired Coquet Island and land at Annitsford, and are frequently met with as mortgagees. Patrick Kelly, who died on the loth of October, 1682, is described in the register of Long Benton as ` perprobus, perdives, necnon perliberalis Scotus de Annisfoord parentabatur.' N
   The first record of the designation of Bullocks-hall occurs in Armstrong's map of Northumberland, made in 1769, and under this name the estate was conveyed in 1805 by the trustees of the will of John Clark of the Coal Exchange, London (who had by succession and purchase acquired the undivided shares of his grandmother's sisters), to John Tindal of Eshott East-house, who two years later resold to Ralph Fenwick of Shortridge. Mr. Fenwick's representatives in 1851 sold Bullocks-hall to Mr. G. W. Tate of Guyzance East-house, the father of the present owner, Mr. George Tate of Brotherwick.