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Howden or Howden Panns, Northumberland

Historical Description

Howden or Howden Panns, a village and an ecclesiastical parish, in Wallsend parish, Northumberland. The village stands on the river Tyne, adjacent to the Newcastle and Tynemouth railway, 2¼ miles SW by W of North Shields, and has a station, of the name of Howdon-on-Tyne, on the railway, and a post and money order office under Willington Quay (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Willington Quay. There is also a railway station at Willington Quay on the Riverside branch of the N.E.R. It was noted in the 16th and 17th centuries for extensive glass-works; it afterwards had numerous salt pans, whence it took the suffix to its alternative name; it now has shipbuilding yards, brick and white lead works, and the extensive works of the River Tyne Commissioners; and it is adjacent to a commodious dock, called the Northumberland Dock, opened in 1857, and situated in Chirton township, Tynemouth parish. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1859. Population, 6783. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Newcastle; net value, £258 with residence. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. There are Congregational and Primitive Methodist chapels. Howden was the birthplace of Robert Stephenson, and Turner the painter is supposed to have worked here at one time.

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 parishWallsend 
Poor Law unionTynemouth 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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