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Holywell, 1855

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

HOLYWELL is a township and village, the property of the Duke of Northumberland, and the executors of the late R. Bates, Esq. of Milburn Hall. The township comprises an area of 1,180 acres, and its rateable value is £3,701. The number of inhabitants in 1801, was 107; in 1811, 124; in 1821, 100; in 1831, 478; in 1841, 1,164; and in 1851, 1,134 souls. The rapid increase of the population observable in this township is attributed to the opening of collieries. The manor was formerly held in soccage of the Baliols by the Delavals who had property here in 1435. At present the manorial rights and privileges are possessed by the Duke of Northumberland. THE VILLAGE of Holywell is situated five and a half miles N.N.W. of North Shields, and derives its name from Our Lady's Well, which is in the immediate vicinity; the medicinal properties of the water of this well were formerly much esteemed. It possesses the singular property of becoming of a puce colour when galls are infused into it. The village consists of two inns, two shops, and several farm houses and cottages. 

EAST HOLYWELL COLLIERY is, as its name implies, a colliery hamlet, con¬sisting of four or five rows of cottages inhabited oy the pitmen in the employment of Hugh Taylor, & Co., the owners of the colliery here, of which Mr. Robert Bell is cashier, and Mr. Robert Hann, under viewer.

WEST HOLYWELL COLLIERY is another hamlet in this township, and is inhabited by about 150 persons, who are employed in and about the colliery which gives name to the hamlet. This colliery is now worked by the executors of William Clarke, Thomas Taylor, John Buddle,  and others. Here is a small Methodist Chapel, erected in 1829. The Blyth and Tyne Railway Company have a station here, George Horsley, station master. 

SEATON TERRACE is also a hamlet in this township, situated on the Shields and Morpeth Turnpike Road, one mile north of Holywell. It consists of a row of neat and substantial stone cottages two stories high, and possesses two inns, besides two or three grocers' shops. It is chiefly inhabited by the working classes.



POST OFFICE, WEST HOLYWELL, James Thompson postmaster. Letters arrive from Newcastle at 9.45 a.m. and are despatched thereto at 6.25 p.m.


Brown Ralph, under-viewer, West Holywell

Dixon Thomas, gardener, Holywell

Hedley John, cashier, West Holywell 

Hann Robert, under-viewer, East Holywell Colliery; ho. Blue House Farm 

Stevenson Jas. schoolmaster West Holywell 


Boot and Shoe Makers 

Charlton Willlam, Holywell 

Clark Henry, Seaton Terrace 



Barras Cuthbert, viot. Victoria New Inn, Seaton Terrace 

Carr J. Seaton Terrace

Dixson Thos. Hunter, Holywell

Marshall R, Holywell



Meek R. Holywell 

Sankey Stephen, Holywell Grange 

Smith Hannah, Fenwick's Close 

Smith John, Fenwick's Close

Smith William, Bank Top 

Grocers and Flour Dealers 

English Edward, Seaton Ter

Jeffrey W. Holywell 

Smith Geo. Seaton Terrace

Tait William, Seaton Terrace

Temperley John, Holywell

Thompson Jas. West Holywell


Inns and Taverns 

Fat Ox Inn ,John Ellerington, Holywell

Half Moon, R. Marshall, Holywell 

Prince Albert Inn, Sarah Elliott, Seaton Terrace 

Victoria New Inn, Cuthbert Barras, Seaton Terrace 


Joiner and Cartwright

Pringle Eleanor, Holywell 


Smith & Agricultural Implement Maker 

Rogers James, Holywell



Bodger Matthew, Seaton Ter.

Bryce John, Seaton Terrace 

Dawson James, merchant tailor, Holywell 

Harrison James, Seaton Ter 


Holywell Earsdon Parish, 1855


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