Welcome to Barningham

This website was originally created for the local history group, but now covers all aspects of life in Barningham. If you’d like to add information or create a new section, please contact Jon Smith, the website administrator: jonxxsmith@gmail.com or telephone 01833 621374.

To see the latest issue of our local newsletter The Flyer click here: FLYER 178

NEW: Click on this link for details of NATURE PROJECT 2023

CENSUS 1921: Records of the census a century ago have now been released but are available only from the Find My Past website, which charges not only an annual subscription but also up to £3.50 for a single search. The history group has  nevertheless managed to obtain much of the information in the Barningham and Newsham records: go to the Publications page to view this free.

CENSUSES 1841-1911: Records for Barningham, Scargill, Hope, Newsham, New Forest, Brignall, Rokeby, Dalton, Gayles and Kirby Hill are available in booklet form from the local history group but we’ve also now put them on this website for you to download free of charge. Details on the Publications page.

BARNINGHAM CHURCH & BURIALS, a digi-version of our booklet Where Lyeth Ye Bodies, is now available to download free. As well as a history and description of the church it includes a full A-Z list of everyone recorded as buried in the churchyard since 1503 and details of inscriptions on every gravestone. To see it, go to the Publications Page.

BARNINGHAM MARRIAGES AND BAPTISMS: Records of all marriages and baptisms from 1581 to 1950 are also now available for free download: see the Publications Page. There is also a full record of all Teesdale marriages 1837-1938.

JAM LETCH & JINGLE POTTS: History and details of all Barningham fields, including maps, field names, owners and occupiers. Now digitalised and available to view and download free. See Publications page. 

BUILDINGS: There are photos of all Barningham houses on the Buildings Page.  It also has a link to a detailed list of the village’s Listed Buildings and Monuments.

ARCHIVE 61, the newsletter of Barningham Local History Group, is a special memorial issue commemorating Neil Turner who died in October 2021. You can see it here by going to the Publications page and scrolling down to the end for a link.



ROUND THE WORLD contains just about everything you might want to know about Barningham, a fascinating mixture of useful information, local history and irresistible trivia.

Compiled by village archivist Jon Smith, its 340 pages are packed with stories, people and places, old pictures, house histories, maps and guides. Paperback, 340 pages, more than 1,800 entries and hundreds of illustrations.  ISBN 9 781527 249486

£9.99 (+ £2.90 p&p if required) from Jon at Heath House, Barningham, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 7DU Tel 01833 621374 or email jonxxsmith@gmail.com

‘Magnificent’ — The Northern Echo   ‘A fascinating read’ — The Dalesman

A few copies of the third print are still available: Contact Jon to get your copy



Murder, mystery and mayhem in Victorian Teesdale

A NOVEL based on a true crime story that gripped Britain in the 1840s as Greta Bridge-based police chief Ralph Leconby Snowden battled to bring vicious killers to justice.
‘Gripping’– Teesdale Mercury      ‘Wonderfully atmospheric’ – Northern Echo



£10, available from the Mercury shop or McNab’s in Barnard Castle, Amazon,
or from author Jon Smith 01833 621374 / 07740 844183 jonxxsmith@gmail.com


Click on the links on the right to navigate this site. You’ll find:

Barningham:  Information about the village and surrounding area

Buildings: Pictures of village houses and details of listed buildings.

Barningham Parish Meeting: Contacts and meetings

Planning: Local planning applications, past and current, and related matters.

Produce Show: Date and details of next show.

Oil Co-op: Details and application form

The Flyer: Recent copies of the local monthly newsletter

BLHG: Details of the local history group, its meetings and minutes

Parish records: How to view all parish births, marriages, deaths and census records.

Cuttings: What the press and local history magazines have said about us, and reviews of our publications

Electoral rolls: Excel files of Barningham and Hope electors 1920-1950

Family history: Spotlight on Barningham families and burial records

People from the Past: Stories of local people, good, bad and ill-fated, who made the headlines.

Old Pictures: Photographs of the village and its people in the past

Publications: Information about history group booklets and newsletter, The Archive, with links to download copies.

Archive index: A guide to everything published in The Archive so far.

Can you help? Requests for information about ancestors in the area

Noticeboard: Letters and emails

Add your comment: Send us your views

Village Hall Clock: See picture of unveiling on Jubilee Day 2012

Car share: How to cut your carbon footprint!

Contact us: History group contacts’ addresses, phone numbers and emails

Barningham Village Hall: Details of the 1949 vesting document and the 2011 constitution

Barningham Net Zero: Action group to reduce carbon emissions and provide renewable energy

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