Place:South Gosforth, Northumberland, England

NameSouth Gosforth
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoGosforth, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Castle Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Gosforth, Northumberland, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1908

In the middle of the 19th century South Gosforth and Coxlodge were the most urban and the most southern townships of the ancient parish of Gosforth.

By order of the Local Government Board on 20 September 1872, the parishes of South Gosforth and Coxlodge were constituted into a district, governed by the South Gosforth Local Board. After the 1894 Local Government Act, the board became the South Gosforth Urban District Council. A year later, by a Northumberland County Council order dated 14 March 1895, the title was changed again to Gosforth Urban District Council.

The parishes of Coxlodge and South Gosforth were amalgamated into the parish of Gosforth in 1908.

The Gosforth Urban District Council was finally abolished on 1 April 1974 to become part of the City of Newcastle Metropolitan Borough Council.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of South Gosforth from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"South Gosforth, town with [railway station] (Gosforth), Gosforth [parish], Northumberland, 2 miles N. of Newcastle, population: 4,126; [post office], [telegraph office], called Gosforth; comprises the townships of South Gosforth and Coxlodge, and is a local government district."

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