Place:Chirton, Northumberland, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates55.011°N 1.429°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inTyne and Wear, England     (1974 - )
See alsoTynemouth, Northumberland, Englandancient borough in which it was a township
Castle Ward, Northumberland, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Tynemouth, Northumberland, Englandurban district into which it was absorbed in 1908
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"CHIRTON, a township in Tynemouth parish, Northumberland; on the river Tyne and the North Shields railway, ¾ of a mile W of North Shields. It has a post office under North Shields. Acres: 1,730. Population: 5,544. Houses, 1,047. There were extensive collieries here; but they have been worked out."

Chirton was a township in the ancient parish of Tynemouth and became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1908 the civil parish was abolished and the area was absorbed back into Tynemouth.

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