"LONG BENTON parish comprises the townships of Killingworth, Long Benton, Walker, and Weetslade, whose united area is 9,040 acres. Its population in 1801, was 3,355; in 1811, 4,358; in 1821, 5,547; in 1831, 6,613; in 1841, 8,711; and in 1851, 9,205 souls. The parish is bounded on the north by Earsdon, Cramlington, snd Stannington, on the west by All Saints' and Gosforth parishes, on the south by the Tyne, and on the east by the parishes of Tynemouth and Wallsend. It contains extensive collieries, foundries, quarries, gunpowder-works, &c. -upwards of 1,300 persons are employed in the collieries alone. The soil in this district is very fertile, and the parish is intersected by the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].



  • Bygone days of Longbenton Benton Forest hall West Moor and Killingworth W G Elliot 2000
  • History of Longbenton Church of England School D J Scott 1980
  • A History of the county of Northumberland by John C Hodgeson 1840 volume 13 includes Longbenton


Owen Brannigan,O.B.E. International Opera Singer 10 March 1908-9 May 1973 born in Annitsford Northumberland, and buried in St John the Baptist RC Church Annitsford. he performed most frequently with English Opera at Glyndebourne saddlers wells and Covent Garden, He was involved in a serious car accident from which he never fully recovered and died of pneumonia in 1973, he married Mary Ashley in 1933 and had two children



  • Northumberland County Record Office hold copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provide a useful User Guide
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN10, CN11)Longbenton, Walker, Killingworth and Weetslade (PRO piece HO107/2411 folios 1-288) (Type B) (Book) 
  • 1891 Census Northumberland – Longbenton 4A (PRO piece RG12/4231) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 41)   Longbenton 4B (Parts of Longbenton and Walker, and West Moor) (PRO piece RG12/4232) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 42)    Longbenton 4C (PRO piece RG12/4233) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 43)  BOTH published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • A list of ships and crews in port during the 1881 census provided by Bob Sanders.

Church History


Church Records

  • Longbenton - Church Records - links and information.
  • Newcastle central Library Local Studies section holds copies of the following
  1. Longbenton Births marriages and burials 1840 - 1851 transcribed by George Bell
  2. Longbenton Births marriages and burials 1852 - 1861 transcribed by George Bell
  3. Longbenton Births marriages and Burials 1862 - 1971 transcribed by George Bell [shelf ref 929.3 L849]

Civil Registration

  • This area is divided between North Tyneside Registration District and Newcastle upon Tyne Registration District.

Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Longbenton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The history of Longbenton Parish is included in:- Northumberland County History Committee, History of Northumberland, Volume 13. Newcastle, A. Reid, 1930. (Available on fiche from Ancestral Indexes).


  • Longbenton - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NZ272692 (Lat/Lon: 55.016262, -1.576217), Longbenton which are provided by:


Military Records

Longbenton (Benton ) Cemetery
5 August 1917  A.G. Cartwright  Lieutenant/Colonel Yorkshire Regiment, 7th Bn.  [grave B 3/67
[grave D 12/33]
21 September 1919   Philip Richards Carlyon, Guardsman 20554 5th Bn Coldstream Guards, age 30 son of Richard and Caroline Mary Carlyon of Forest Villa Forest Hall, [grave A oval I North]
2 October 1916   James Henry Howitt, Private 27748 3rd Bn North Staffordshire Regiment, age 33 son of James and Emma Howitt, husband of Gertrude E Howitt of Nottingham [grave C 30/19]
6 October 1914   E Costello, Private 2649 1st/6th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 53 son of Patrick and Mary Costello of Co. Roscommon, husband of Mary Jane Costello of Biggs Main Wallsend [grave A 6/49]
18 Oct 1918   A, W. Snowdon, Able Seaman J/61170 (PO) Royal Navy HMS Drake  [grave l West of Church B east Row 1/55]
14 Nov 1918   George Robson, Private 56737 East Yorkshire regiment 3rd bn, age 30 husband of Annie Robson of Westmoor [grave C 44]
21 Nov 1914   George Morgan, Private 24/476 Northumberland Fusiliers (24th Tyneside Irish) age 28 son of Mr and Mrs H Morgan of Walker [grave A 6/46]
3 August 1945   Andrew Douglas  L/Cpl 4461286 Durham Light Infantry, age 27 son of Robert and Elizabeth Douglas, husband of Rita Douglas of Burradon [grave D. 11/37]
7 August 1944   Henry Carnegie  Sergeant 1590461 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 20 son of Henry L and Jennie Carnegie of Forest Hall [grave Sec D Row 11/32]
2 September 1943  Wilfred Hall, Sergeant 1054394 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 23 son of William and Esther A Hall. husband of Dorothy Irene Hall of Denton Burn [ grave D 11/35]
9 September 1943  Thomas William Hindhaugh, Driver 10577209 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, age 22 son of Thomas William and Hilda May Hindhaugh of Burradon
3 October 1945   Thomas Bell, Flying Officer 165156 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 21 son of James William and Isabella May Bell of Forest Hall [grave D 10/32]
6 October 1945   Joseph Leslie Dennis, Trooper 7892396 Royal Armoured Corps, age 27 son of Charles Edward and Mary Dennis of Shiremoor [grave D 10/36]
14 Oct 1945   John Thomas King, Petty Officer D/MX 509319 Royal Navy, age 35 son of James and Mary Ann Hoult King  [grave D 12/38]
24 Oct 1946   N Simpson, Private 5044023 North Staffordshire Regiment, age 42 son of George and Kathleen Simpson of Forest Hall [grave D 11/38]
2 Nov 1942   Robert William Donaldson Strong, Fusilier D/13230 30th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers [grave H Row 3/7]
3 Dec 1943   Robert William Davison,  Sergeant 991400 RAF Volunteer Reserve 9 Squadron, age 29 son of Thomas and Ann Davison, husband of Audrey Davison of Forest Hall [grave D 11/32]
16 Dec 1941   Stanley Bertram Tebby,  Leading Aircraftman 656910 RAF  [grave D 12/34]
Annitsford St John the Baptist R.C.
12 Feb 1919   William Henry Seagrave, Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, age 31 son of Major O'Neil and Beatrice Seagrave of Newtown Mount Kennedy Co. Wicklow [grace C 16
16 Dec 1945 John Harbertson, Cadet 167 Squadron Air Training Corps, age 16 son of James William and Catherine Harbertson of East Cramlington [grave Sec B.5]
Killingworth St John
15 August 1918   James Robson, Private 23828 Provisional Bn Coldstream Guards, son of Isabella Catherine Robson of West Moor Forest Hall [grave 390]
15 Oct 1916   Henry Bennett, L/Cpl 4570 Z Coy, 8th Bn Nortumberland Fusiliers, age 24 son of Thomas and Ellen Bennettof Palmersville Forest Hall [grave 191]
25 Nov 1916   G. W. Brooks, Private 30528 3rd Bn South Staffordshire Regiment, age 23 son of George and Eliza C Brooks of Wolverhampton [grave 124]
Walker Christ Church
9 Oct 1917   Joseph Cornelius Potts, Private 82600 macine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly (5775) West Yorks Regiment (Prince of Wales Own), age 31 son of William and Annie Potts, husband of the late Jesica Alice Potts [grave P.P. 19]
11 Oct 1914   J. Davidson, Private 10868 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Prince of Wales Own, age 26 son of Mr and Mrs Davidson of Walker, husband of Margaret Davidson of Byker [grave S.S. 22]
17 Oct 1918   Harry Herbert Amos Seabourne, Air Mechanic 2nd Class 251219 RAF Western Experimental Workshops (Cardiff), age 19 son of Margaret Seabourne of Walker [grave A.18
22 Oct 1916   G. Telford Private S/11919 8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders [grave O.D. 39]
7 August 1945    William Dobson, private 1606328 Royal Sussex Regiment, age 36 son of Robert and Mary Ann Dobson of Newcastle, nephew of Mrs M J Dodds of Walker. [grave Sec D]
14 August 1946  Russell Warner Bird Private 14141229 East Yorkshire Regiment, age 20 son of Joseph and Ivy Irene Bird of Walker [grave Sec E H/49]
22 Sep 1943   Donald Clayton, Sergeant 1288501 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 21 son of Herbert and Mary Clayton of Walker [grave D.P. 51]
11 October 1943   Victor Albert Smith, Cpl 1254426 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 31 son of Victor Ernest and Louisa Smith, husband of Florence Mary Smith of Newcastle [grave D.P. 131]
26 Oct 1944   Matthew Drummond, Assistant Cook LT/MX 82139 RN Patrol Services, age 29  [grave Special Memorial]
3 Nov 1939   John Ratcliffe, Gunner 4268073 53rd (5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery, [grave D.H 142]
North Gosforth
22 Mar 1945   Stephen Smiles  Leading Aircraftman 1670927 RAF Volunteer Reserve 2762 Squadron, age 22 son of John Charlton and Lucy Mary Smiles of Gosforth [grave M 393]
17 May 1918  J. Hudspeth,  Private 116275 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) [grave O.C 69]
4 Jul 1915   I. Cardwell,  Private 3380 1/5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 45 husband of Ellen Cardwell of Seaton Burn [grave N section]
29 September 1918   J. F. Snowball, Lieutenant  Army Service Corps  [grave North Section]
11 October 1917    G.  Bland, Private 22/202 Northumberland Fusiliers husband of Sarah Bland of Seaton Burn [grave V. U. 26] 
3 Dec 1918   John Barker Airey,  2nd Leuitenant 3rd Bn Durham Light Infantry, age 34 son of John Barker and Margaret Airey, husband of Elizabeth Ann Airey of Stanley Co Durham [graveP.C 44]
9 Dec 1940   Hylton Daniel Ellis,  Sergeant 523372 RAF 115 Squadron, age 26 son of Hylton Charles and Agnes harriet Ellis, husband of Alice Ellis of Dinnington Colliery [grave M 26]
29 Dec 1942   Arthur Forester,  Driver T/10669157 Royal Army Service Corps  [grave C 23]

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Longbenton Parish was part of Tynemouth Poor Law Union. The Union Workhouse was located in Preston Lane, North Shields. Some useful records are held at Tyne and Wear Archives, Blandford Street, Newcastle on Tyne