In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Dunston like this:
LOWSIDE, or LOWHAND, a township in Whickham parish, Durham; on the Northeastern railway, 3 miles WSW of Gateshead. It contains the village of Dunston, and the hamlets of High Team and Low Team. Real property, £5,101. Pop., 1,563. Houses, 262. Many of the inhabitants are employed in collieries, chemical works, saw-mills, and roperies, and in brick-making, wire-drawing, and the preparation of hemp. ...
There are chapels for Primitive Methodists and New Connexion Methodists, a national school, and a lunatic asylum. The national school is used as a chapel of ease. The lunatic asylum is called Dunston Lodge; and, at the census of 1861, had 200 inmates.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dunston, in Gateshead and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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