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Physical Archives

For general interests and curiosity, one can peruse through old photographs, postcards and maps of the district. Researchers will appreciate browsing through local records pertaining to lead mining (among other topics) - all sorted by subject matter. In addition, we're happy to work with St. Augustine's Church if you need family history assistance!
Among our most treasured possessions are old maps spanning the last 160 years; these show how Alston Moor has changed (or not). No matter what your research question may be about - we'll help you find it!

The Archives are now on Winter opening hours. Which are - on a Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Or by appointment.

Visits can also be arranged via zoom/skype or similar.
Please contact us.

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Digital Catalogue

We are working on digitising our archives so that not only will we have an electronic record but anyone from anywhere in the world will be able to research our Archives.

Currently there are numerous photographs, audio files and newspaper cuttings.

The digital archive is hosted on another server and can be found here. It is fully searchable. So if you are interested in your ancestors, local history, the name of your house or anything else, a keyword will more often than not bring interesting results.

You can also search this site here

More Archives

County Records


Cumbria Archive Services has both a physical presence and an extensive digital archive with numerous Alston Moor archives in it. They also have an Instagram and a YouTube channel.

If its not in the local archives its here in Carlisle.
Well worth a virtual or physical visit.

County Records


Northumberland Archives collects records relating to the history of Northumberland, its communities and people. There is information about how you can access services in person or remotely by ordering certificates and copies, accessing our catalogue, online learning materials and our social media pages.

County Records


Durham County Records archive collections span 900 years, from about 1122 to the present day, and occupy almost six miles (9 km) of shelving. Durham County Record Office is the council archive service for County Durham and Darlington. It was established in 1961, and is located in County Hall, Durham City.

They also have an online database of archives.

Family history

Alston Moor

Much information about the people of Alston Moor can be found in its graveyards. Eden District Council currently hold the records for the Cemetries

There are five.
1) St Augustines churchyard 2) Alston Cemetery. 3) Garrigill churchyard, 4) Garrigill Cemetery and 5) Nenthead Cemetery.

Family history


Beamish is a world famous open air museum which brings the history of North East England to life at its 1820s Pockerley, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village, 1940s Farm, 1950s Town and 1950s Spain’s Field Farm exhibit areas. To find out more about each area visit our Explore & Discover pages.

Visitors to the museum meet costumed folk and discover fascinating stories of everyday life in the region through time.

Family history


The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors.

Historical Information& Articles

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Local Articles

Here you will find Articles and Stories from Alston Moor. They are mainly written by Alastair Robertson who wrote a series of Articles for the Alston Moor Newsletter and they are reproduced here.

However other people have also written articles and will be featured here as the year goes on.

Happy reading.

Categories: 21st Century

It has long been an aim of Alston Moor Historical Society to officially recognise some of the Historic places on Alston Moor which have, in some cases, been long forgotten.

Categories: 20th Century

During the economic depression of the 1930s Alston was a particularly distressed area. The lead was almost completely worked out and there was no industry to replace it.

Categories: 19th Century

Thousands of people over the years have left Alston Moor, mainly for work or the hope of a better life. The Archives have some interesting stories.

Relevant or not?

1000 Year Lease

Alston Moor is unusual but not unique in having a 1,000-year lease attached to many of its house deeds. This can throw solicitors from other parts of the country into a panic, but it doesn’t fluster locals.

During the middle ages a large area of the Manor of Alston Moor was divided into a total of sixty-eight ‘tenements’, or agricultural holdings; thirty-three around Garrigill, thirteen at Amoteshalth (Aimshaugh), and twenty-two at Nent and Corbriggate (Corbygates). The tenements contained the best land in the valley bottoms adjoining the Rivers South Tyne and Nent.

Read more….

Mining in earlier years

Vieille Montagne

The Vieille Montagne website has now been archived but you can see it here. The web site brings historians, genealogists and researchers from around Europe together into a co-operative project that investigated the history of the Vieille Montagne and its workers.

In 1896 The Vieille Montagne brought the outside world to this distant part of Cumbria, or Cumberland as it then was, turning it into a focus of international attention, which is hard to believe nowadays when one looks at the village. The company brought huge financial investment, new revolutionary technology, and a foreign workforce from places that locals had only seen in a school atlas.

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Your Images and Interesting Archives

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Please use the facility on the right hand side to upload your info to our server .

We will contact you to arrange what you would like us to do with your resources

Please also consider becoming a member of the Society. Its only £13 a year.

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