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Earsdon, Northumberland

Historical Description

Earsdon, a village, a township, and a parish in Northumberland. The township lies on the coast, and on the North Shields and Blyth railway, 4 miles NNW of North Shields, and has a post and money order office under Newcastle-upon-Tyne; telegraph office, Backworth. Acreage, 4500; population, 5274. The parish contains also the townships of Backworth and Holywell. There are several extensive collieries in this parish. Two fearful colliery accidents occurred in what was until lately part of Earsdon parish, the one in Burradon in the beginning of 1860 with a loss of nearly 80 lives, the other in Hartley in the beginning of 1862 with a loss of upwards of 200. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; value, £296 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Newcastle. The ancient church belonged from the llth century to Tynemouth priory, and a new church, an elegant structure on an eminence, with a conspicuous and imposing tower, was built in 1837. There are several dissenting chapels. Earsdon parish was formerly of very great extent, but has been more than once divided. The last division was in 1891, when Burradon was ceded to Killingworth, and a new parish comprising Hartley, new and old, and Seaton village, formed under the title of Delaval. There are mission churches at Backworth and Holywell.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishEarsdon St. Alban 
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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