Place:Castle Ward, Northumberland, England

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NameCastle Ward
TypeHundred
Located inNorthumberland, England

Castle Ward was one of the ancient divisions of Northumberland, equivalent to hundreds and wapentakes in counties further south. The following description mostly covers Castle Ward Registration District, but the last paragraph refers to the Eastern and Western divisions of the ancient Castle Ward.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Castle Ward from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CASTLE-WARD, a [registration] district and two divisions in Northumberland; extending northward from the borough boundaries of Newcastle. The district comprehends the [registration] subdistrict of Ponteland, containing the parishes of Ponteland, Dinnington, Stannington, Gosforth, Whalton, Bolan, and part of Morpeth; and the [registration] subdistrict of Stamfordham, containing the parishes of Stamfordham, Newburn, Heddon-on-the-Wall, parts of Hartburn, Kirkwhelpington, and Ovingham, and the chapelry of Kirkheaton. Acres: 88,587. Poor-rates in 1866: £8,991. Population in 1861: 14,943. Houses: 3,018. Marriages in 1866: 39; births: 517, (of which 41 were illegitimate); deaths: 264, (of which 94 were at ages under 3 years, and 10 at ages above 85).
"Marriages in the ten years 1851-60: 433; births: 4,514; deaths: 2,747.
"The places of worship in 1851 were 17 of the Church of England, with 3,521 sittings; 3 of the United Presbyterian Church, with 223 [sittings]; 14 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 2,070 [sittings]; 3 of Primitive Methodists, with 468 [sittings]; 5 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 448 [sittings]; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 170 [sittings].
"The schools were 23 public day schools, with 1,377 scholars; 13 private day schools, with 418 [scholars]; 27 Sunday schools, with 1,432 [scholars]; and 1 evening school for adults, with 20 [scholars].
"The workhouse is in Ponteland township. The two divisions are East and West; and they include most of the district, but extend beyond it, and are jointly larger. The [Eastern division] contains six parishes and parts of four others. Acres: 39,163. The [Western division] contains five parishes and parts of eight others. Acres: 56,571. Population of both: 58,132. Houses: 11,063.

This Ordnance Survey map of 1832 shows the boundaries of the ancient wards of Northumberland.

Parishes and Townships

Parish and TownshipsDescriptionAncient ParishCivil Parish after 1955
Backworth township, civil parish Earsdon
Bebside township, civil parish Horton
Benwell chapelry, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Berwick Hill township, civil parish Ponteland
Black Callerton township, civil parish Newburn
Bolam township, parish (ancient), civil parish Belsay
Brenkley township, civil parish Dinnington
Burradon in Tyneside township, civil parish Earsdon
Butterlaw township, civil parish Newburn
Byker chapelry, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Chirton township, civil parish Tynemouth
Coldcoats township, civil parish Ponteland
Cowpen township, civil parish Horton
Coxlodge township, civil parish Gosforth
Cramlington chapelry, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne St. Andrew
Cullercoates township, civil parish Tynemouth
Darras Hall township, civil parish Ponteland
Dinnington township, parish (ancient), civil parish Ponteland
Eachwick township, civil parish Heddon on the WallStamfordham
Earsdon chapelry, civil parish Tynemouth
East Brunton township, civil parish Gosforth
East Denton township, civil parish Newburn
East and West Hartford township, civil parish Horton
East Heddon township, civil parish Heddon on the Wall and NewburnHeddon on the Wall
Edington township, civil parish Mitford
Elswick township, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Fawdon township, civil parish Gosforth
Fenham township, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Gosforth chapelry, civil parish
Hartley township, civil parish Earsdon
Heaton township, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Heddon on the Wall township, parish (ancient), civil parish remains as Heddon on the Wall
Hepscott township, civil parish Morpeth
High Callerton township, civil parish Newburn and Ponteland
Higham Dykes township, civil parish Ponteland
Holywell township, civil parish Earsdon
Horton chapelry, civil parish
Horton Grange township, civil parish Dinnington
Jesmond township, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Kenton township, civil parish Gosforth
Kirkley township, civil parish Ponteland
Little Callerton township, civil parish Ponteland
Longbenton parish (ancient), civil parish
Mason township, civil parish Dinnington
Meldon parish (ancient), civil parish
Milburn township, civil parish Ponteland
Milburn Grange township, civil parish Ponteland
Mitford parish (ancient), civil parish
Molesden township, civil parish Mitford
Monkseaton township, civil parish Tynemouth
Morpeth township, parish (ancient), civil parish
Morpeth Castle township, civil parish Morpeth
Murton township, civil parish Tynemouth
Newbiggin by Newburn township, civil parish Newburn
Newburn township, chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
Newburn Hall township, civil parish Newburn
Newcastle upon Tyne All Saints chapelry, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne St. Andrew chapelry, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne St. John chapelry, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Newham (near Morpeth) township, civil parish WhaltonBelsay
Newminster Abbey township, civil parish Morpeth
Newsham and South Blyth township, civil parish Earsdon
North Dissington township, civil parish Newburn
North Gosforth township, civil parish Gosforth
North Shields township, civil parish Tynemouth
Ogle township, civil parish Whalton
Ponteland parish (ancient), civil parish
Preston (near North Shields) township, civil parish Tynemouth
Prestwick township, civil parish Ponteland
Riplington township, civil parish Whalton
River Green extra parochial area, civil parish Meldon
Seaton Delaval township, civil parish Earsdon
Seghill township, civil parish Earsdon
Shilvington township, civil parish Morpeth
South Dissington township, civil parish Newburn
South Gosforth township, civil parish Gosforth
Stannington parish (ancient), civil parish
Sugley chapelry, civil parish Newburn
Throckley township, civil parish Newburn
Tranwell and High Church township, civil parish Morpeth
Trewick township, civil parish BolamBelsay
Twizell township, civil parish Morpeth
Tynemouth parish (ancient), civil parish
Wallbottle township, civil parish Newburn
Wallsend chapelry, parish (ancient), civil parish
West Brunton township, civil parish Gosforth
West Denton township, civil parish Newburn
West Heddon township, civil parish Heddon on the WallHeddon on the Wall
Westgate township, civil parish Newcastle upon Tyne
Whalton parish (ancient), civil parish
Whitley Bay chapelry, civil parish Tynemouth and Ponteland
Whorlton township, civil parish Newburn
Woolsington township, civil parish Newburn

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