In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Gateshead like this:
Gateshead, parl. and mun. bor., seaport, market town, and par., N. Durham, on right bank of river Tyne, opposite Newcastle, 268 miles NW. of London by rail -- bor., 3243 ac., pop. 65,803; par., 3011 ac., pop. 65,041; 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. The discovery of numerous relics attests that Gateshead was an outwork of a Roman station. The modern town is practically a part of Newcastle (with which it is connected by 3 bridges), and its industries are similar. Large quantities of coal are shipped from the almost inexhaustible coalfields of the district, and the other principal industries are ironworks (including foundries and the making of engines, boilers, cables, &c.), ship. building, glassmaking, chemical works, &c. The bor. returns 1 member to Parliament.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gateshead in County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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