Place:Blyth, Northumberland, England

Alt namesNorth Blythsource: settlement to the north, once in Bedlington
TypeCivil parish, Urban district, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates55.117°N 1.5°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     (1906 - 1974)
See alsoEarsdon (near North Shields), Northumberland, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Castle Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Newsham and South Blyth, Northumberland, Englandoriginal parish formed 1866
Blyth Valley District, Northumberland, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Blyth did not formally come into being until 1906. For dates prior to that, it is better to use the terms Newsham and South Blyth and simply South Blyth for areas on the south side of the river, and North Blyth within the large parish of Bedlington for areas on the north side.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Blyth is a town and civil parishin southeast Northumberland, England. It lies on the coast, to the south of the River Blyth and is approximately 21 kilometres (13 mi) northeast of Newcastle upon Tyne. It had a population of about 37,339 in the UK census of 2011.

The port of Blyth dates from the 12th century, but the development of the modern town only began in the first quarter of the 18th century. The main industries which helped the town prosper were coal mining and shipbuilding, with the salt trade, fishing and the railways also playing an important role. These industries have largely vanished, but the port still thrives, trans-shipping paper and pulp from Scandinavia for the newspaper industries of England and Scotland.

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The town was seriously affected when its principal industries went into decline, and it has undergone much regeneration since the early 1990s. The quayside has also seen much redevelopment and has been transformed into a peaceful open space, the centrepiece of which is a sculpture commemorating the industry which once thrived there.


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From around the first quarter of the 18th century, until November 1900, the land to the south of the River Blyth was known as South Blyth. It was in the parish of Earsdon (near North Shields), Northumberland, England and was run by a Parish Council until 1863, when the "South Blyth Local Board" was formed. Under the Local Government Act of 1894, South Blyth Local Board became an Urban District Council, then in 1906 it was amalgamated with Cowpen Urban District Council to form Blyth Urban District Council. The civil parish of Blyth was formed in 1920 and included the civil parishes of Bebside, Cowpen, Horton, Newsham and South Blyth and Seaton Delaval. On 21 September 1922, Blyth UDC became Blyth Municipal Borough Council, and in 1935 its southern boundary was moved south from Meggie's Burn to Seaton Burn. Blyth MBC lasted until 1974, when it was amalgamated with Seaton Valley and Cramlington Urban District Councils, as well as part of Whitley Bay Urban District Council, to form Blyth Valley Borough Council.

Blyth was the administrative centre for the borough of Blyth Valley, until the borough was abolished in structural changes to local government on 1 April 2009. The Blyth Valley Borough (or district municipality) was 70 square kilometres in size and, according to the Registrar General's Population Estimate for mid-2005, it had a population of 81,600; this gives a population density of 1,166 people per square kilometre. The two-tier local government of Northumberland County Council and Blyth Valley Borough Council was replaced by a unitary authority for the county of Northumberland.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Blyth.

Research Tips

  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides a description of Blyth in the 19th century from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72.
  • Northumberland Archives previously known as Northumberland Collections Service and Northumberland County Record Office. Now based within Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and providing free access to numerous records for local and family historians alike.
Full postal address: Museum and Northumberland Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF; Phone: 01670 624455
There is a branch office in Berwick upon Tweed.
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