Ryton  County Durham


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ryton like this:

RYTON, a village, a township, and a parish in Gates-head district, Durham. The village stands on the river Tyne, adjacent to the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, 9¼ miles W of Newcastle; was burnt by the Scots in 1297; is now a picturesque place and a seat of petty-sessions; and has a station on the railway, a post-office under Blaydon-on-Tyne, Durham, a stone cross erected in 1795, and fairs on 12 May and 11 Nov. ...

The township comprises 1, 203 acres of land, and 99 of water. Real property, £7, 542; of which £3, 393 are in mines, and £67in fisheries. Pop. in 1851, 739; in 1861, 1, 140. Houses, 207. The increase of pop. arose from extension of collieries. The parish contains also the townships of Ryton-Woodside, Crawcrook, and Stella; and comprises 5, 581acres. Pop. in 1851, 2, 757; in 1861, 3,052. Houses, 594. The property is subdivided. Stella Hall is the seat of P E. Townley, Esq.; and there are several handsome villas. A house at the W end of the village includes fine Norman arches and mouldings, brought hitherin 1862, by Archdeacon Thorp, from an old church in Durham. Limestone is quarried; and iron and steel areworked. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £956.* Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The church is chiefly early English; was recently restored; and has a tower and spire 108 feet high. The parsonage is a fine old Tudor edifice. A tumulus, 20 feethigh, is in a wood to the N. The rectory of Stella is a separate benefice. An Independent chapel, in the early English style, was built at Ryton in 1862. Two Methodist chapels, a slightly endowed school, and charities £21, also are at Ryton; and a Roman Catholic chapel is in Stella. Bishop Secker was rector.

Ryton through time

Ryton is now part of Gateshead district. Click here for graphs and data of how Gateshead has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ryton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ryton, in Gateshead and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th October 2019

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