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Whickham, Durham

Historical Description

Whickham, a village and a parish in Durham. The village lies 1 mile SE of Swallwell station on the N.E.R., and 3½ WSW of Gateshead, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Swallwell (R.S.O.) It is beautifully situated on an eminence on the S bank of the Tyne, and between 300 and 400 feet above the level of the sea. The parish contains also Swallwell and Dunston, and several other large villages and hamlets. Acreage, 5913 of land and 63 of water; population, 9143. It is governed by a district council. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are lords of the manor. Gibside House is a fine mansion on the banks of the Derwent, and contains a Doric pillar 140 feet high in its grounds. Dunston Lodge is now a private lunatic asylum. There are steel-works, paper-mills, fire-brick and sanitary pipe works. A stratum of burnt earth at the W end of the village is said to have resulted from the slow combustion of a surface seam of coal, and is used for making ornamental paths. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £666 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church of St Mary, excepting the S wall and the tower, was rebuilt in 1862. It is an ancient building in the Norman and Transition styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, and a low embattled western tower, containing a clock and six bells, three of which were presented in 1889. There are monuments to the Claverings, and several stained windows. Population of the ecclesiastical parish of St Mary, 3919. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. Dunston with Lowside constitutes a separate ecclesiastical parish.

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 parishWhickham St. Mary 
Poor Law unionGateshead 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE16
Post TownNewcastle Upon Tyne