Whickham  County Durham


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Whickham like this:

WHICKHAM, a township and a parish in Gateshead district, Durham. The township lies near the influx of the Derwent to the Tyne, 1¾ mile S of Scotswood r. station, and 3½ WSW of Gateshead; contains a village of its own name; is a polling place; and has a post-office under Gateshead. ...

Real property, £3,358; of which £100 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 910; in 1861, 1,277. Houses, 259. The parish contains also Swallwell, Low-side, and Fellside townships; comprises 5,905 acres of land, and 88 of water; and forms a sub-district. Pop. in 1851, 5,565; in 1861, 5,921. Houses, 997. The manor belongs to Lord Ravensworth, Sir W. Clavering, and J. Bowes, Esq. Gibside House is the seat of W. Hutt, Esq.; and its grounds contain a Doric pillar 140 feet high. Dunston Lodge is a lunatic asylum, and serves provisionally for Cumberland and Westmoreland. There are iron-works, nailand chain factories, wire-works, chemical-works, saw-mills, roperies, fire-brick kilns, extensive coke ovens, and several coal staiths. A stratum of burnt earth is near the village; is said to have resulted from the slow combustion of a seam of coal; and is used for making ornamental paths. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £663.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church, excepting the S walland the tower, was rebuilt in 1862. A chapel of ease is at Gibside; schoolrooms are used as places of worship in three other places; and there are four dissenting chapels, a mechanics' institute, an endowed school with £25 a year, several other schools, and charities £61.

Whickham through time

Whickham is now part of Gateshead district. Click here for graphs and data of how Gateshead has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Whickham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whickham, in Gateshead and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd July 2024

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