6,804 burials at Newburn (St. Michael & All Angels) in the Castle Ward district of Northumberland, on the edge of the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, covering 1813-1880, from a combination of the Bishop’s Transcript and the parish register. This set also includes several burials at the nearby chapel of Dalton, Holy Trinity, which opened in 1836.
Newburn was hit hard by the cholera epidemic of 1832. Dr. John Snow, who proved the connection between cholera (then called “cholera morbus”) and contaminated water, later wrote: “There is no spot in this country in which the cholera was more fatal during the epidemic of 1832 than the village of Newburn, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We are informed, in an excellent paper on the subject by Dr. David Craigie, that exactly one-tenth of the population died. The number of the inhabitants was five hundred and fifty; of these, three hundred and twenty suffered from the epidemic… and the deaths amounted to fifty-five.” However, we found 70 deaths spanning January to March 1832 with “chol”, “chol: morbus”, or “c. morbus” written beside them in the burial register, plus another 9 deaths when a brief outbreak occurred in Sept 1832 and another 15 in the outbreak of 1849. Chilling details about Newburn’s experience during the epidemic can be read in Snow’s article – use your browser to search for Newburn in the article.
Newburn is just across the River Tyne from the County Durham parishes of Ryton, Whickham, and Gateshead, so many families moved back and forth and will be found in the records of all four parishes. Residences mentioned besides Newburn include Bank Top, Bell’s Close, Benwell, Black Callerton, Blaydon, Blucher Pit, Broom Hall, Butterlaw, Callerton, Chapel House, Coley Hill, Coronation Pit, Crescent Farm, Cut End, Dalton, Denton, Denton Burn, Denton Square, Derwent Haugh, Dewley (Duley, Dewlaw), Dewley Burn, Dissington, Donkin’s Houses, Dumpling Hall, Eachwick, East Denton, Elswick, Farden or Fawdon, Fell House, Gateshead, Gosforth, Heddon-on-the-Wall, High Throckley, High Whorlton, Hill Head, Holland, Hodge or Hotch Pudding, Jarrow, Kenton, Lemington, Lough House, Ludwick or Luddick, New Throckley, New Winning, Newbiggin, Newburn Hall, Newburn Lane End, Newcastle, North Shields, Peck’s Houses, Pigs Hall or Pigg’s Hall, Ponteland, Ryton, Scotswood, Silver Hill, Slatyford, South Dissington, Spetchells, Spital Tongues, Stamfordham, Sugley, Sugley Field, Throckley, Throckley Fell, Union Hall, Walbottle, Walbottle High Pit, Walbottle Quarries, West Denton, Whorlton, Winlaton, Woolsington, and Wylam.
- 3 Feb 1813 Luke Blackburn, of East Denton, age: 85
- 7 Nov 1819 John White, of Throckley, age: 105
- 27 Aug 1818 Isabella Heaton, of Benwell, age: 100
- 11 Jan 1832 Jane Trotter, of Newburn, age: 70, col: mor: [cholera morbus]
- 3 Nov 1840 Margery Todd, of Dalton, age: 80, buried at H.T. [Holy Trinity, Dalton]
- 10 Nov 1849 Ann Stonehouse, of Lemington, age: 54, chol [cholera]
- 19 Apr 1863 Lucinda Taylor, of Eachwick, parish of Heddon, age: 29
- 30 Sep 1875 Walter Humble, of Scotswood in parish of Benwell, age: 48, Coroner’s Inquest
- 2 Nov 1880 John Maurice Milne Eggie, of Whorlton School, age: 4