Welcome to Mitford Parish Council

Mitford, meaning a place between two rivers, boasts a proud history with its fine medieval church, Mitford Hall, and castle remains. Recorded history of the village appears to have begun at about the time of the Norman conquest, a mere 945 years ago, but there is evidence of much older occupation of the valley and the surrounding countryside. A 1968 aerial survey showed two Romano-British fortlets, or fortified farmsteads, between Mitford Steads and Gubeon, and two others at High House.

The settlement after the Roman exodus appears to have been on higher ground nearer Gubeon and known later as Aldworth to the villagers who had moved down to the more easily defended site near the river where the first Saxon castle was probably built on the small natural hill currently occupied by the remains of the Norman castle.

Mitford Castle

St Mary Magdalene Church

Mitford Cricket Club

Built between 1150 and 1170 by William Bertram, Mitford castle was one of Northumberland's largest fortifications at the time. The castle was "knocked about a bit" by King John in 1216 and besieged by the Scots the following year; it was abandoned in the late 14th century and has suffered badly over the centuries from looting of stones for building.

St. Mary Magdalene Church dates from about 1135 and is possibly on the site of an earlier, simpler Saxon church. King John's troops burned the church down in 1216 in revenge for Roger Bertram having been one of the barons who forced the King to sign Magna Carta the year before.

It was again burned in 1705 when the heating stove caught fire and the roof was destroyed and the church reduced to a ruinous state. In 1874 a great restoration took place, adding a tower and steeple and was completed in 1885.

The squire at the time, Col. J.P.O. Mitford, undertook the work at his own expense. Inside are splendid, massive Norman pillars and an interesting effigy to Bertram Revely.

Mitford News

09 May 2022


Saturday 4th June at 2pm

Mitford Village Jubilee Celebrationson the Village Green
(with grants from Mitford Parish and Northumberland Councils)

29 April 2022

Mitford Parish Council – Monday 9th May 2022 at 7.30pm

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 9th May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. This will be immediately followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting.

Documents for the meeting can be downloaded below.

Annual Parish Meeting agenda

Draft Minutes of the last Annual Parish Meeting held in May 2019

Annual Parish Council Meeting agenda

Draft minutes of the Parish Council held on 4 April 2022

The Risk Assessment

The Asset Register as at 31 March 2021

04 April 2022

Notice of Meeting and secondary Meeting for 4th April 2022

A meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 4th April at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

A second meeting has been arranged for 7.35 pm to consider awarding the Honorary Freedom of the Parish to a parishioner in recognition of their years of service to the Parish.

Council Minutes