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Wylam, Northumberland

Historical Description

Wylam, a township, with a village, in Ovingham parish, Northumberland, on the river Tyne, with a station on the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, 8½ miles W of Newcastle. There is also a station at North Wylam, on a branch of the N.E.R. It lies mainly on the N side of the river, partly on the S side, and has a bridge over the river, which was widened and Improved in 1894, a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.), a church, a Wesleyan chapel, and a reading institute and school. Acreage, 931 of land and 43 of water; population, 1003. There is a parish council of eight members. The living is a chaplaincy. The church, built in 1886, is in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and embattled tower containing a clock and six bells. An institute was erected in 1895-96 at a cost of £2000. George Stephenson, the famous engineer, was a native.

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 parishOvingham 
Poor Law unionHexham 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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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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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE41
Post TownWylam