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Chirton, Northumberland

Historical Description

Chirton, a village and a township in Tynemouth parish, Northumberland, on the river Tyne and the North Shields railway, 1 mile W of North Shields station on the N.E.R., with a post office under North Shields; money order and telegraph office, North Shields. With the small township of Murton, the village of Percy Main, and the hamlet of New York, it was formed in 1861 into the ecclesiastical parish of Percy St John. The area of the township is 2432 acres; population, 13,066. There were extensive collieries here, but they have been worked out. The Duke of Northumberland, K.G., is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The parish church is at Percy Main. There is a Wesleyan chapel at New York, and a Free Methodist one at Murton. Chirton, Wilts. See CHURTON. Chiselborough, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands in a narrow valley, closed on three sides by lofty hills, at the river Parret, about 4 miles from Crew-kerne station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office; money order and telegraph office, Stoke-under-Ham. The parish comprises 797 acres; population of the civil parish, 285; of the ecclesiastical, 670. The living is a rectory, "united with West Chinnock, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; joint net value, £309 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Ilchester, The church is good, and was restored in 1863.

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 parishTynemouth 
Poor Law unionTynemouth 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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