In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Seaton Delaval like this:
SEATON-DELAVAL, a village and a township-chapelry in Earsdon parish, Northumberland. The village stands adjacent to the Blyth and Tyne railway, 2 miles W of the coast at Seaton-Sluice, and 3¼ S S W of Blyth; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Dudley, Northumberland. The chapelry, together with Hartley township, comprises 4, 219 acres. Pop. of S.-D.alone, in 1851, 2, 726; in 1861, 2, 876. Houses, 587. The manor belonged anciently to Tynemouth priory; passed, in 1121, to the Delavals; devolved, on extinction of their male line about the end of last century, to Sir Jacob Astley; and belongs now to Lord Hastings. ...
S.-D. House was built, after designs by Vanbrugh, for Admiral Delaval; resembles Blenheim Palace, but surpassesit in simplicity and beauty; has a centre, with lofty Doricportico and two vast wings; was destroyed by fire in Jan. 1822; lay in desolation thence till 1861; and wasthen begun to be restored. An ancient castle of the Delavals stood to the S W; but is now represented by only the chapel, a very fine specimen of early Norman. A mausoleum, built in 1775 by Lord Delaval, stands in thepark; and is a Doric temple, with a cupola. Coal-mining and the manufacture of chemicals are carried on. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value, £60. Patron, Lord Hastings. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a Presbyterian school, and a colliery school.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Seaton Delaval, in Blyth Valley and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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