Place:West Denton, Northumberland, England

NameWest Denton
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Located inNorthumberland, England
See alsoNewburn, Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Castle Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Newburn, Northumberland, Englandurban district of which it was a part until 1935 when it was absorbed into Newburn parish
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"DENTON (West), a township in Newburn parish, Northumberland; on the Roman wall, near the river Tyne, 4¼ miles WNW of Newcastle-upon Tyne. Acres: 329. Population: 466. Houses: 97. Denton Hall belonged to the Erringtons and the Rogerses; passed to the Hoyles; and was the residence of Mrs. Montagu, visited by Garrick, Sir J. Reynolds, and Dr. Johnson."

West Denton was a township in the ancient parish of Newburn and became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1935 it was considered a civil parish within the Urban District of Newburn, and in 1935 it was absorbed into the civil parish of Newburn itself. Newburn became part of Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland in 1935 and of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in the newly formed county of Tyne and Wear in 1974.

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