Castle Ward, 1855
Extract from: History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland...Whellan, William, & Co, 1855.
This Ward, occupying the south-eastern corner of the county, is bounded on the north by Morpeth Ward, on the west by Tindale Ward, on the south by the river Tyne, which separates it from Durham, and on the east by the German Ocean. Its length, from east to west, is about fifteen miles, its breadth, from north to south, about fourteen, miles, and it comprises an area of 100,895 statute acres. The population in 1801, was 36,645; in 1841, 68,692; and in 1851, it had increased to 76,413 souls. Castle ward is highly cultivated, productive, and populous, and is well watered by the rivers Tyne, Blyth, and Pont, with their numerous tributary streams. The romantic banks of the Blyth command general admiration, and few places afford more agreeable scenery than the picturesque vale of Tyne. Numerous and extensive manufactories, collieries, ship-yards, coal-staiths, etc., are situated here, and afford employment to great numbers of the inhabitants. This ward is divided into two divisions, East and West, and comprehends fourteen parishes, two parochial chapelries, and one extra-parochial place, of which the following is an enumeration, showing the number of acres and houses, together with the population, in 1851, of each place : -
THE CHARITIES OF CASTLE WARD.
With the date of nearly each bequest, the name of the donor, the amount, appropriation, and annual value, as abstracted from the Reports of the Commissioners for inquiring respecting Charities, printed by order of the House of Commons. See also the histories of the parishes, etc.