In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Castle Ward like this:
CASTLE-WARD, a district and two divisions in Northumberland; extending northward from the borough boundaries of Newcastle. The district comprehends the subdistrict of Ponteland, containing the parishes of Ponteland, Dinnington, Stannington, Gosforth, Whalton, Bolan, and part of Morpeth; and the subdistrict of Stamfordham, containing the parishes of Stamfordham, Newburn, Heddon-on-the-Wall, parts of Hartburn, Kirkwhelpington, and Ovingham, and the chapelry of Kirkheaton. Acres, 88,587. Poor-rates in 1866, £8,991. ...
Pop. in 1861, 14,943. Houses, 3,018. Marriages in 1866, 39; births, 517,-of which 41 were illegitimate; deaths, 264,-of which 94 were at ages under 3 years, and 10 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 433; births, 4,514; deaths, 2,747. The places of worship in 1851 were 17 of the Church of England, with 3,521 sittings; 3 of the United Presbyterian Church, with 223 s.; 14 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 2,070 s.; 3 of Primitive Methodists, with 468 s.; 5 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 448 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 170 s. The schools were 23 public day schools, with 1,377 scholars; 13 private day schools, with 418 s.; 27 Sunday schools, with 1,432 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 20 s. The workhouse is in Ponteland township. The two divisions are East and West; and they include most of the district, but extend beyond it, and are jointly larger. The E. div. contains six parishes and parts of four others. Acres, 39,163. The W. div. contains five parishes and parts of eight others. Acres, 56,571. Pop. of both, 58,132. Houses, 11,063.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Castle Ward has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Castle Morpeth. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Castle Ward and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Castle Ward, in Castle Morpeth and Northumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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