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Southwick, Durham

Historical Description

Southwick, a village, a township, and two ecclesiastical parishes in Monkwearmouth parish, Durham. The village stands on the river Wear, 1½ mile NW of Sunderland railway station; consists of two parts-High and Low; carries on shipbuilding, glassmaking, brickmaking, and marine engine and pottery works; and has a station for goods on theN.E.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office (T.S.O.), under Sunderland. The township comprises 845 acres of land and 55 of tidal water; population, 10,226. It is governed by a district council. The ecclesiastical parishes of Holy Trinity and St Columba were constituted in 1847 and 1884. Population, 6777 and 6666. The livings are a rectory and a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Durham; net value of Holy Trinity, £700. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. Gross value of St Columba, £300. Patrons, the Crown and Bishop alternately. Holy Trinity Church was erected in 1842, and consists of chancel, nave, and western pinnacled tower. St Columba's was built in 1889, and is a red brick building consisting of nave and aisles. There are Congregational, Primitive and United Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels, Conservative and Liberal clubs, a workmen's institute, a police station, and a cemetery of 9 acres, formed in 1882, and under the control of a burial board of nine members.

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 CountyCounty Durham 
Ecclesiastical parishSouthwick Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionSunderland 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Southwick from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering county Durham online:

RegionNorth East
Postal districtSR5
Post TownSunderland