Birtley

St John The Evangelist parish church, Birtley, Tyne and Wear, seen from the southeast. The copyright on this image is owned by Bill Henderson and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Birtley Durham Genealogy & Family History

Birtley is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Durham, created in 1850 from Chester le Street Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Harraton.

Parish church: St John The Evangelist

Parish registers begin: 1850

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Birtley

  • Penshaw
  • Washington
  • Houghton le Spring
  • Pelton
  • Chester le Street
  • Lamesley
  • Usworth

Historical Descriptions

Birtley Methodist Church. The copyright on this image is owned by Bill Henderson and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIRTLEY, a township and a chapelry in Chester-le-Street parish, Durham. The township lies on the Team Valley railway, 5 miles S by E of Gateshead; and has a post office under Fence-Houses, and a r. station. Acres, 1,392. Real property, £11,539, of which £1,450 are in mines, and £6,500 in iron-works. Pop., 2,246. Houses, 383 The property is divided among a few. Coal is worked; and there is a brine spring. The chapelry was constituted in 1850. Pop., 3,888. Houses, 710. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value, £300. Patron, the Rector of Chester-le-Street. The church was built in 1848. There are Wesleyan and Roman Catholic chapels, and a literary institute.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

BIRTLEY, a township in the parish of Chester le Street, middle division of Chester ward, county palatine of DURHAM, 5¼ miles (S. by E.) from Gateshead, containing 1386 inhabitants. The village is chiefly inhabited by colliers. Roman Catholics have a chapel here. There is a brine-spring in the township, from which salt is made.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831

Administration

  • County: Durham
  • Civil Registration District: Chester le Street
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Durham
  • Rural Deanery: Chester le Street
  • Poor Law Union: Chester le Street
  • Hundred: Chester Ward
  • Province: York