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Backworth, or Blackworth, Northumberland

Historical Description

Backworth, or Blackworth, a township and colliery village in Earsdon parish, Northumberland, on the Morpeth and Tynemouth railway, 4½ miles NW of North Shields. It has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Newcastle-on-Tyne. Acreage, 1588; population, 2240. The manor belonged anciently to the priory of Tynemouth, and belongs now to the Duke of Northumberland. A coal mine here produces the Northumberland Wallsend" or Earsdon Main coal.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorthumberland 
Civil parishEarsdon 
Poor Law unionTynemouth 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Backworth, or Blackworth from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northumberland is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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