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Backworth, 1855

Extract from: History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland...Whellan, William, & Co, 1855.

BACKWORTH is a township and village, the property of the Duke of Northumberland. The township contains 1,360 acres, and its rateable value is £4,961 7s. 7d. The number of its inhabitants in 1801, was 163; in 1811, 157; in 1821, 243; in 1831, 412; in 1841, 413; and in 1851, 404 souls. There is a colliery in this township, worked by Humble, Lamb, & Co., which employs upwards of 300 persons. In ancient times Backworth was the property of the priors of Tynemouth, with whom it remained till the Dissolution, when it was granted to the Grey family, from whom it was purchased by the Duke of Northumberland for the sum of £95,000. THE VILLAGE of Backworth is situated seven miles north-east of Newcastle. Here is a school towards the erection of which the Duke of Northumberland was a large contributor. BACKWORTH HOUSE, in this township, the temporary residence of the Rev. H. Bunbury, incumbent of Sighill Church, is pleasantly situated in the midst of a fine plantation. BACKWORTH ACADEMY is conducted by Mr. Thomas Ramsay.



Barron, John & William, farmers

Brown John, innkeeper, Wheat Sheaf Inn

Bunbury Rev, T. H. incumbent of Sighill Church

Darling Henry, butcher

Dawson Joseph, joiner and cartwright

Embleton, John & Robert, farmers, Backworth Lane Farm

Embleton Robert, overseer, Backworth Lane Farm

Hunter James, banking agent, Backworth Colliery 

Hunter William, underviewer, Backworth Colliery 

Hurst Mr. Thomas G. head colliery viewer, Backworth Colliery

Morpeth Anthony, shopkeeper

Patterson John, foreman engineer, Backworth Colliery

Ramsay Mr. Thomas, Backworth Academy, Backworth, Newcastle

Robson Henry, farmer

Thompson James, blacksmith

Turner, Jas, & Thos. Farmers, Holystone

Urwin James, farmer

Urwin John, farmer

Urwin Ralph, fanner

Younger John & Wm. farmers, Burradon

Backworth Earsdon Parish, 1855


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  • Moira Hooker on Oct. 5, 2023, 1:14 a.m.

    Thank you for posting this article. Really interesting to learn the history of the area. My great, great grandfather is the Henry Darling Butcher listed. According to census records the family were innkeepers from 1871 - 1891. (Posting this comment from Australia.)

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