Place:Westoe, Durham, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.987°N 1.422°W
Located inDurham, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inTyne and Wear, England     (1974 - )
See alsoJarrow, Durham, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Chester Ward, Durham, Englandancient county division in which it was located
South Shields, Durham, Englandcounty borough of which it was a part since 1866
South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, Englandmetropolitan district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Westoe is a suburb of South Shields in Tyne & Wear, England. The ward population taken at the 2011 UK census was 8,080.

Westoe was originally a village a mile south of South Shields, and was gradually absorbed into the urban sprawl extending from the centre of Shields at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Westoe was originally a township in the ancient parish of Jarrow, Durham. It became a separate civil parish in 1866, but was considered to be within the county borough of South Shields. In 1894 it was abolished and completely absorbed into South Shields.

A nineteenth century description

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

"WESTOE, a township, a chapelry, and a [registration] sub-district, in South Shields [registration] district, Durham. The township is in Jarrow parish; lies on the river Tyne, contiguous to South Shields township; forms a main part of South Shields town and borough; contains South-Shields workhouse and new docks; and has a post-office under South Shields. Acres: 2,070; of which 275 are water. Real property: £52,998; of which £3,000 are in mines, £56 in quarries, £94 in fisheries, £150 in railways, and £300 in gasworks. Population in 1851: 19,349: in 1861: 26,266. Houses: 3,234. The increase of population arose from town extension, and from the formation of the new docks. See Shields (South).
"The chapelry includes part of the township, and extends beyond it. Population: about 7,000. The living is a [perpertual] curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value: £300. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Durham."

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