In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Whickham like this:
WHICKHAM, a township and a parish in Gateshead district, Durham. The township lies near the influx of the Derwent to the Tyne, 1¾ mile S of Scotswood r. station, and 3½ WSW of Gateshead; contains a village of its own name; is a polling place; and has a post-office under Gateshead. Real property, £3,358; of which £100 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 910; in 1861, 1,277. Houses, 259. The parish contains also Swallwell, Low-side, and Fellside townships; comprises 5,905 acres of land, and 88 of water; and forms a sub-district. ...
Pop. in 1851, 5,565; in 1861, 5,921. Houses, 997. The manor belongs to Lord Ravensworth, Sir W. Clavering, and J. Bowes, Esq. Gibside House is the seat of W. Hutt, Esq.; and its grounds contain a Doric pillar 140 feet high. Dunston Lodge is a lunatic asylum, and serves provisionally for Cumberland and Westmoreland. There are iron-works, nailand chain factories, wire-works, chemical-works, saw-mills, roperies, fire-brick kilns, extensive coke ovens, and several coal staiths. A stratum of burnt earth is near the village; is said to have resulted from the slow combustion of a seam of coal; and is used for making ornamental paths. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £663.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church, excepting the S walland the tower, was rebuilt in 1862. A chapel of ease is at Gibside; schoolrooms are used as places of worship in three other places; and there are four dissenting chapels, a mechanics' institute, an endowed school with £25 a year, several other schools, and charities £61.
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 Whickham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Gateshead. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Whickham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whickham, in Gateshead and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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