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South Shields

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"This important seaport is situated on the south bank of the Tyne, at its confluence with the German Ocean, at the north-eastern extremity of the county, and is opposite to North Shields, 9 miles from Newcastle-on-Tyne, 18 1/2 miles north-north-east from Durham, 6 miles from Sunderland, and 276 miles north-north-west from London. South Shields has arisen in modern times from an insignificant village, consisting mainly of a few fisherman's huts, to an important and thriving seaport. It has crept along age after age, and year after year, until now it stretches from the sea to Jarrow, a distance of about 3 miles, and also extends into the adjoining township of Westoe, forming with the latter the municipal borough of South Shields, with an area of 1780 acres."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]



"It contained in 1851, 28,293; in 1861, 32,539; in 1871, 45,336; in 1881, 56,875; and in 1891, 78,431 inhabitants of whom 39,454 were males and 38,977 females, the number of inhabited houses in that year being 9892."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]


Church Records

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South Shields Society of Friends Burials 1673-1697 (2 kbytes).


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Historical Geography

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