In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Silksworth like this:
Silksworth, eccl. dist., township, and vil., Bishop Wearmouth par., Durham - dist., pop. 4691; township, 1994 ac., pop. 401; vil., 3½ miles S. of Sunderland; P.O., and P.O. at Silksworth Colliery, and P.O., T.O., at Silksworth Row; in vicinity is Silksworth Hall, seat.
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 Silksworth has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Sunderland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Silksworth and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Silksworth, in Sunderland and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th June 2013
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