In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Whitburn like this:
WHITBURN, a village and a parish in South Shields district, Durham. The village stands on a rising-ground, ¼ mile from the shore, 2¾ E of Cleadon-Lane r. station, and 3¼ N of Sunderland; is frequented in summer for sea-air and bathing; carries on considerable fishing; and has a post-office under Sunderland. ...
The parish contains also Cleadon village; and comprises 4,200 acres of land, and 394 of water. Real property, £9,943; of which £250 are in quarries. Pop., 1,215. Houses, 225. W. Hall, the seat of Sir H. Williamson, Bart., is the chief residence. Several Roman coins have been found The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £1,113.* Patron, the Bishop of D. The church was restored and enlarged in 1868; and a chapel of ease was built at Cleadon in the same year. There are two Wesleyan chapels, national schools, and an apprenticing charity £61.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whitburn, in South Tyneside and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th April 2017
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