"WALLSEND parish comprises the townships of Howden Pans, Wallsend and Willington, whose united area amounts to 2,787 acres. It is bounded on the north and west by Long Benton parish, on the south, by the river Tyne, and on the east by the parish of Tynemouth. The population in 1801, was 3,120; in 1811, 3,584; in 1821, 5,103; in 1831, 5,510; in 1841, 4,758; and in 1851, 5,721 souls. This parish stretches along the north bank of the Tyne, and is intersected by the Newcastle and South Shields Railway. Extensive coal mines exist in the neighbourbood, and the place formerly gave its name to an excellent variety of coal, but now the designation "Wallsend" is applied to all coal which passes over a sieve, whose meshes are five-eights of an inch asunder, without falling through." [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855].


Archives & Libraries

Research your family history at Discover North Tyneside. North Shields Customer First Centre Northumberland Square North Shields NE30 1QU Telephone: 0191 643 5270

North Tyneside Libraries have the following Census Returns Parish and Nonconformist registers Monumental Inscriptions the IGI, GRO indexes free public access to Ancestry, Find My Past and The British Newspaper Archive via any People's Network computer As well as downloadable pdf files covering Parish Registers Trade Directories Electoral Registers Local Newspapers http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/1017/local-studies-and-information



  • Wallend,  Ken Hutchinson  2005
  • Wallsend through time, Ken Hutchinson  2009
  • Wallend History Tour,  Ken Hutchinson   2015
  • Wallsend Pubs and Clubs  Steve Boundy   2010
  • Wallsend Remembered,  Steve Boundy  2012 and volume 2,  2014
  • Wallsend then and now,  Rob Kirkup  2014
  • Wallsend reflections,    jean Smith Ken Smith  2005
  • History of the Parish of Wallsend,  William Richardson 1923, and reprint 1998
  • Wallsend shops past and present,  Steve Boundy  2011
  • Wallsend Colliery Pit disaster 18 June 1935,  Ken and Pauline Hutchinson 1994
  • Tynemouth and Wallsend at war 1939-1945  Craig Armstrong  2017
  • Wallsend shipyards  Andrew Clark 1999
  • Wallsend Best, a personal experience of the Rising Sun Colliery 1941 - 1967  Ron Curran 2009

Business & Commerce Records

Wallsend Shipyards

a useful publication is Wallsend Shipyards by Andrew Clark published in 1999



Holy Cross Cemetery - Saint Peter Road Wallsend NE28 7 HQ  The cemetery was established in 1918 to replace Church Bank. The Cemetery is maintained by North Tyneside Council  https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk

A Link to burials at the Cemetery (not complete) compiled by Margaret Hall can be found here http://www.interment.net/data/eng/tyne_wear/holy_cross/index.htm

Burials at Holy Cross Cemetery, Wallsend 1918-1932  Transcribed by Margaret Hall

Church Bank Cemetery - 98 Church Bank Wallsend NE28 7LH This cemetery is also maintained by North Tyneside Council

Margaret Hall has plans of the layout of cemeteries in the North Tyneside area on her website http://www.margaret-hall-genealogy.com/page8.htm



  • Northumberland County Record Office hold copies of Census Returns 1841 - 1891 and provides a useful User Guide 
  • The 1851 Census Index (microfiche CN6) Wallsend, Willington and Howdon (PRO piece HO107/2409 folios 1-183) (Type B) (Book) published by the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • Tyne and Wear Archives have Census returns for 1891 and 1901 but only Street indexes for earlier years  They have a full subscription to Findmypast which can be used by visitors to the archives. A link to User Guides is available here  https://twarchives.org.uk/collection/user-guides-and-information
  • 1891 Census Wallsend 1A (PRO piece RG12/4220) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 30) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • 1891 Census Wallsend 1B (PRO piece RG12/4221) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 31) published by the https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.
  • 1891 Census Wallsend 1C (PRO piece RG12/4222) (Type B) (Book) (Volume 32) published by the  https://www.ndfhs.org.uk/ may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

Church History


Church Records


Civil Registration

  • This area is within North Tyneside Registration District
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be ordered by post.North Tyneside Registrar, Maritime Chambers Howard Street North Shields NE30 1LZ Tel: 0191 6436164

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Wallsend which are provided by:



In about 1635, John Cosyn, draper of Newcastle, became a lease holder in Wallsend and built a large country home called Cosyn's Hall. This was known to have incorporated several Roman sculptured stones including an altar. The hall passed through the hands of the Lawson and Hewbank families before being sold to Robert Carr who renamed it Carville Hall. It can be seen in its own spacious grounds on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map. On the same map, the line of Hadrian's Wall is shown as a strip of land about 20 metres wide dividing two fields. This strip was partly occupied by a drive leading to Carville Hall. A sketch by J Irwin Coates executed in 1879 shows the drive apparently on the line of the Wall with the ditch to the north. By the time of the second edition map the site had been covered with terraced housing. The drive to the hall had been incorporated into this development and renamed 'Roman Wall'. The Hall itself was demolished in 1898.

Further information can be found in the following publication - A history of Carville Hall by A T Croom 2015




Historical Geography

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



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


  • Wallsend - Maps - links and information.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NZ310676 (Lat/Lon: 55.001861, -1.516843), Wallsend which are provided by:


Military Records

Wallsend Church Bank
1 August 1915 William Angus Livingstone, Private 3104 B Coy, 1st/5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers age 21 son of John Robert and Margaret Livingstone of Wallsend [grave D.C 77]
3 August 1918  George McKinnon Sapper WR/322088 Royal Engineers (Inland Water Transport) [grave IRC 516]
13 August 1918 John Sandilands Private 10852 West Yorkshire Regiment 9th Bn (Prince of Wales Own) age 21 son of Richard and Ann Sandilands of Whitley Bay (Born Rosehill on Tyne) [grave F.C 442]
3 September 1918   John Archer, Private 10194 3rd Bn North Staffordshire Regiment, age 23 son of John Archer of stoke on Trent, husband of Ethel Archer of Wallsend [grave 722]
28 September 1916   Thomas Hopper, Private 3052 1st/4th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 41 son of Thomas and Margaret Hopper, husband of Mary Jane Hopper of Willington Quay [grave F.C. 141]
5 October 1916   C. Moule, Private 12496 10th Bn Durham Light Infantry [grave C. C. 145]
16 Oct 1918   Stanley Bilclough, Private 91188 Durham Light Infantry, age 25 son of the late John and Mary Ann Bilclough of Wallsend [H.C. 161]
25 Oct 1918   John Barry, Stoker 2nd Class K/45749 (PO) Royal Navy HMS Implacable, age 19 son of Patrick and Margaret Barry of wallsend [grave H.C. 161]
26 Oct 1916   John Taylor, Private 28/681 13th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, son of William and Barbara Taylor of Wallsend [grave G.C.161]
29 Oct 1918   Robert Tait, Air Mechanic 3rd Class 131617 RAF, age 23 son of William and Elizabeth Tait of Burradon [grave B 462]
1 Nov 1918   John Graham, Driver 771344 Royal Field Artillery A Btty 317 Brigade, age 24 son of the late Mr and Mrs Graham of Wallsend [grave H.C. 409]
4 Nov 1918   Leander Robert Stokes, Chief Electric Artificer 2nd Class M/698 RN HMS Caroline  [grave H.C 421]
11 Nov 1918   James Maxwell Simpson, Private 114304 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), age 33 husband of Julia Ormsby (formerly Simpson) of Wallsend [grave D 465]
11 Nov 1919   Anthony Casson, Private 23/701 Northumberland Fusiliers (23rd Tyneside Scottish) age 48 husband of Jane Casson of Willington Quay [grave A.C. 27]
18 Nov 1916   Samuel Hutton Lawson, Able Seaman (Tyneside) Z/8691 RN Volunteer Reserve Hawke Bn RN Division, age 23 son of Joseph and Barbara Lawson of Wallsend, husband of Martha Elizabeth Lawson of Ashington [grave C 25]
26 Nov 1918   H. Mann, Worker 378 (Badge) Australian War Worker, age 33 son of the late Henry and Catherine Mann [grave I.R.C 722]
2 Dec 1914   Norman Groves,  Private 1954 1/5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 18  [grave G.C 650]
16 Dec 1916   G. R Hall Private 28/622 13Bn Northumberland Fusiliers   [grave A. C 152]
30 Dec 1914   Kenneth Leslie Bilbrough Wallis,  Private 2495 1/5Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, age 22 born Wallsend, son of John George Wallis of Melksham Wiltshire [grave D gen 274]
3 August 1941 William McColl Private 10533877 Royal Army Ordnance Corps age 35, son of Malcolm Campbell and Marian McColl of Wallsend and husband of Mary McColl of Walkerville [grave G 610]
13 August 1941 William McMahon age 26 Aircraftman 2nd Class RAF Volunteer Reserve 1018010 son of William and Ellen McMahon of Willington Quay
27 August 1945 John Tom Tweedy age 22 Chief Petty Officer (Pilot) RN L/FX 48838 son of John Tom and Elizabeth Allan Tweedy of Wallsend
3 Nov 1945   Benjamin Schofield, Private 14544764 Pioneer Corps, age 24 son of Benjamin and Ellen Rutherford Schofield of Wallsend [grave E Cons 56]
7 Dec 1941   Thomas William Abson,  Volunteer 8th Northumberland (Wallsend) Bn Home Guard, age 54  [grave H cons 494]
Wallsend Holy Cross
12 Nov 1918   R. McLachlan,  Private R/65 5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers  [grave A.C 520]
13 August 1941 William McMahon age 26 Aircraftman 2nd Class 1018010 RAF Volunteer Reserve son of William and Ellen McMahon of Willington Quay [grave Sec 20.46]
27 August 1945 John Tom Tweedy age 22 Chief Petty Officer (Pilot) RN L/FX48838 son of John Tom  and Elizabeth Allan Tweedy of Wallsend [grave Sec 20.26]
3 September 1940 John O'Brien Private 186122 Royal Army Service Corps, age 25 son of John and Jane O'Brien, husband of C O'Brien [grave Sec 20.48]
12 September 1942  William Walker, Engineroom Artificer 2nd Class D/X984E.B. RN Reserve, HMS Forth, age 39 son of Thomas and Jenny Walker of Willington Quay, husband of Norah Irene Walker [grave 25/Gen 640]
13 September 1945   Bernard John Niel Austin, Chief Officer, Merchant Navy MV Kyle Fisher (Barrow), age 30 son of John Henry and Elsie Austin, husband of Mary Florence Rankin Austin of Whitley Bay [grave 19/113]
15 September 1943  Joseph Richard Kennedy, ordinary Seaman R/JK 533029 RN, age 17 son of William Henry and Sarah Ellen Kennedy of Wallsend [grave 20/30]
17 September 1946   James Simpson, Private 4857761 Leicestershire Regiment, age 31 son of John and Catharine Simpson [grave 27 RC 520]
29 September 1945   Sydney Marchant, Able Seaman C/TD/X1787 RN Volunteer Reserve HMS Curacoa, age 24 son of James Charles and Louise Marchant [grave 10/397]
5 October 1941   James Heard Telford, Gunner 801234 Royal Artillery 409th Battery (5th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment [grave 20/45]
7 October 1947   Robert Wilson, Sergeant 1000701 RAF Volunteer Reserve [grave 20 cons 24]
13 Oct 1939   Harold Stewart Melvin, Aircraftman 2nd Class 804282  604 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force RAF, age 20 son of George and Lily Melvin of Harrow Middlesex [grave A 564]
13 Oct 1940   George Foster Weaver, Fusilier 4275931 Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, son of Alfred and Margaret Weaver, husband of Margaret Weaver of Wallsend [grave 3/66]
17 Oct 1945   Margaret Mary O'Neill, Wren 41954 Womens Royal Naval Service HMS Elfin, age 21 daughter of Margaret O'Neill of Wallsend [grave 27 RC 297]
18 Oct 1945   Robert Reed Trewick, Cpl S/158904 Royal Army Service Corps, age 41 son of George William and Isabella Heslop Trewick [grave 25/480]
26 Oct 1940   William Landes, Sapper 2073374 506 Field Coy Royal Engineers [grave 20/47]
27 October 1943   Norman Henderson Naval Auxiliary Personel (cook) Merchant Navy HMS Manchester City, son of Mrs E J Henderson of wallsend [grave 9/323]
16 Nov 1944   William James Monsey,  Able Seaman C/JX 127673 RN HMS Eurayalus, son of William James and Sarah Monsey, husband of Selina Alderson Monsey of Wallsend [grave 9 cons 129]
17 Nov 1940   Adam Lindsey,  Gunner 4269484 Royal Artillery, 409 Btty (5th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment, son of Mrs M Lindsey of Wallsend [grave 3 cons 77]
17 Nov 1940   Thomas Carr,  Gunner 4270739 Royal Artillery 409 Btty (5th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment  [grave 27 RC 544]
20 Nov 1944   William Bratton Forsyth,  Sergeant 1597691 RAF Volunteer Reserve, age 20 son of William Bratton and Esther Forsyth of Wallsend [grave 20 cons 28]
24 Nov 1942   John Graham  Gunner 750150 Royal Artillery, age 40 son of Samuel and Elizabeth Wallace Graham, husband of Harriet Elizabeth Graham of Wallsend [grave 9 cons 472]
27 Nov 1942   William Brand,  Gunner Royal Artillery 178 Field Regiment, age 40 son of George and Margaret Brand, husband of Margaret Irwin Brand of Wallsend [grave 2 cons 177]
1 Dec 1941    George Thomas Guy,  Leading Cook P/MX48194 RN HMS Georgetown, husband of Ada Guy of Wallsend [grave 20 cons 44]

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Wallsend 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 Sqare Newcastle on Tyne NE1 4JA Tel: 0191 2772248


Wallsend Masonic Hall Hugh Street Wallsend Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland
The first provincial Grand master was Matthew Ridley in 1734. He was Mayor of Newcastle on four occasions and sat in five successive Parliaments from 1747 to 1774.

A full list of Grand Masters can be seen on their website and the following publication published in 2011 is a very useful guide

  • A History of Freemasonry in Wallsend by George C Laws