Bensham and Saltwell is a district within the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. Bensham itself, was a small rural community, until the mid 19th century. It grew rapidly with the industrialisation of Tyneside. Bensham Railway Station opened in 1868 (closed in 1954). In 1890 the Gateshead Union Workhouse relocated to Bensham. The Church of St Chad was built in 1903.