2,856 baptisms on the Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit, covering 1863-1878, plus a few from January 1879.
Methodist preachers traveled around a circuit of villages, baptizing children at each meeting location, making notes of each baptism and later entering the baptisms into the register. The entries are not in chronological order, and several years of entries may be mixed together.
This circuit covered the northwest border of County Durham with Northumberland, running between Muggleswick in County Durham to Wylam in the parish Ovingham, Northumberland. Residences mentioned on both sides of the border include Allendale, Allendale Cottages, Andrew’s Houses, Annfield Plain, Bantling Castle, Baxton Burn, Benfieldside, Berry Edge, Black Hedley, Blackfine, Blackhill, Bradley Cottages, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Butsfield, Carr House, Castle Dean, Castleside, Causey Row, Colliery Dykes, Consett, Craghead, Crawcrook, Croniwell, Crookhall, Cutlers Hall, Deans, Delves Lane, Derwent Cottages, Dipton, East Castle, Eltringham, Flint Hill, Furnace Row, Greencroft, Greenside, Halfway House (Mickley), Happy Land, Havannah, Healey Field, Hedgefield, Hedley (Ovingham, Northumberland), High Gate, Hill Top, Hopson Pit, Hown’s Gill, Iveston, Knitsley and Knitsley Grange and Knitsley Mill, Kyo, Lanchester, Leadgate, Lintz Colliery and Lintz Ford, Lizzie Colliery, Marley Hill, Medomsley, Mickley, Mickley Square (Ovingham), Mountsett, Muggleswick, Oakey’s Cottages, Oxhill, Pontop, Prudhoe and Prudhoe New Houses, Puddlers Row, Red House, Redwill Hills, Shield Row, Shotley Bridge, Shotley Grove, Snows Green, South Pontop, Spen and Spen Colliery, Spring House, Stanley and Stanley Colliery, Sunniside, Tanfield Lea, Tantobie, Temple Town, Twizell, Waskerley and Waskerley Park, West Pelton, West Stanley, West Wood or Westwood, West Wylam, White-le-Head, and Wood Cottages. Although all of these locations are not in Lanchester district, we have assigned this “parish” to be in Lanchester district for search purposes, because much of it is in that district.
- 5 Jan 1863 Ruth Temperley, of Medomsley, child of Samuel (engineman) & Elizabeth Temperley
- 16 Jan 1870 James Christer, of Consett, child of Thomas (fireman) & Elizabeth Christer
- 16 Jan 1879 Celina Isabella Innes, of Leadgate, born 17-Dec 1878, child of Samuel Thomas Innes (pork butcher) & Margaret Ann Innes
This set pushed our count of baptisms to just over 900,000 !