At Ryhope St. Paul in Sunderland district:
- 272 baptisms from the start of the register in August 1827 to the end of 1848, from the Bishop’s Transcript. We hope to have Ryhope baptisms for 1849-59 online next week.
- 1,790 burials covering 1828-1878. Of these, mid-1859 through 1878 are from the parish register and the rest are from the Bishop’s Transcript. We are temporarily missing 1855 (about a dozen burials) and we hope to get those online next week.
Ryhope chapel was built in 1826, the register starts in 1827, marriages were performed there starting in 1854, and Ryhope became its own parish in 1856. Abodes mentioned besides Ryhope include Bishopwearmouth, Burdon, Hendon, Monkwearmouth, Murton Colliery, New Winning, Outerdipe or Outer Deep Farm, Oxclose, Ryhope Colliery, Ryhope Grange, Ryhope Mill, Silksworth, the Spelter Works, Sunderland, Tunstall, and Tunstall Colliery.
The great thing about these baptisms is that, starting with 1828, the parish clerk recorded the mother’s maiden surname in most baptisms, and many baptisms have the child’s birth date as well. For example:
- 13 Apr 1828 Elizabeth Lazenby, of Ryhope, born 24-Mar, daughter of Edward Lazenby (shoemaker) & Elizabeth Lynn
- 28 Oct 1838 John George Robinson, of Burdon, born 23-Sep, son of Thomas Robinson (farmer) & Dinah Fairbridge
- 13 Jun 1847 Ann Isabella Grundon, of Ryhope Lane, daughter of Robert Grundon (farmer) & Ann Isabella late Surtees
After mid-1844, the incidence of mother’s maiden surnames drops off to about 25%.
- 15 Jan 1828 John Dixon, age: not known, found drowned on the beach, belonging to the Brig, Charles, of Boston, a wreck
- 5 Mar 1839 Elizabeth Mallam, of Ryhope Grange, age: 59
- 4 Jul 1849 John Steadman, age: about 55 years, found dead in Tunstall Hope
- 21 Dec 1862 Cecilia Coulson, of 38 Railway Street, age: 30
- 22 Dec 1878 Clement Wilson, of Colliery Inn, Ryhope St., age: 30
From A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848):
“RYHOPE, a chapelry, in the parish of BishopWearmouth, union of Sunderland, N. division of Easington ward and of the county of Durham, 3 miles (S.) from Sunderland; containing 868 inhabitants, of whom 423 are in the township of Ryhope. The chapelry comprises the townships of Ryhope, Burdon, Silksworth, and Tunstal; the first contains 1570 acres of good arable and meadow land. The soil is generally of a light sandy nature, and very favourable for the production of rye, potatoes, and barley. The village, which is one of the pleasantest in the county, is situated on the verge of a fine tract of country, bordered by the ocean, and in the summer season is much frequented for the purpose of bathing. The road from Sunderland to Stockton passes through it, and the railway to Durham and Hartlepool skirts it on the south and east.”
Numerous pictures of old Ryhope can be seen here:
Note the page numbers in a row at the bottom – there are 20 pages of pictures to view.