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Willington Quay, Northumberland

Historical Description

Willington Quay, a village in Howdon ecclesiastical parish, Wallsend parish, Northumberland, on the banks of the river Tyne, with a station on a branch of the N.E.R., 4½ miles from Newcastle, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) It is governed by a district council. Robert Stephenson, son of George Stephenson the famous engineer, was born here in 1803. There are extensive iron foundries, shipbuilding yards, lead-smelting works, chemical and cement works. A mechanics' institute, built on the site of Stephenson's cottage, was opened in 1878. There are Roman Catholic, Congregational, Free Methodist, and United Presbyterian chapels, a bank, and a police station.

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

Land and Property

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


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DistrictNorth Tyneside
CountyNorth Tyneside
RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE28
Post TownWallsend