1,554 baptisms and 1,352 burials at St. Giles in the city of Durham, covering 1848-1857, from the Bishop’s Transcript with some checking against the parish register. Residences mentioned include Bells Villa, Belmont, Broomside, Carrville, Claypath, Dragon Villa, Ellis Leazes House, Elvet, Framwellgate, Gilesgate, Gilesgate Moor, Grange Colliery, Grange Wood Houses, Kepier, Leazes Place, Liddells Row, Lodge Hill, Low Grange Colliery, Moor End, New Durham, Sands, St. Giles, St. Nicholas parish, West Sherburn, Wood Row, and Woodwell House.
In the baptisms, we found an unusual occupation:
- 31 Dec 1848 Ann Elizabeth Boyd, of Gilesgate, child of William (coffee roaster) & Louisa Boyd
and a pair of unusual parent names:
- 30 Dec 1856 Sampson Lee, of Church Lane, child of Righteous (grinder) & Carnation Lee
and a strange error:
- 22 Jul 1850 Leonard Tones [Stones], of New Durham, child of William (pitman) & Phoebe Tones [Stones]
[Note: Tones in the baptism register and GRO birth index, Stones in the 1851 census and other baptisms in this parish to these parents.]
Here are some sample burials:
- 7 Jan 1848 Thomas Elsbury, of Gilesgate, age: 77
- 23 Sep 1853 Robert Stokoe, of Liddells Row, age: 40, cholera
- 25 Oct 1855 William Dougherty, age: unknown, taken out of the Wear on the Sands, drowned. Coroners Order.
- 15 Apr 1857 John Lightfoot, of Bede Houses, Queen Street, age: 85, parish Clerk of St. Mary South Bailey more than 60 years