5,954 burials at Christ Church, Tynemouth, Northumberland, covering 1841-1850.
We are grateful to the vicar who, going far beyond the call of duty, recorded the names of both parents of deceased children, fathers’ occupations, husbands of deceased women (and often their occupations), and sometimes the cause of death or a reference to another burial of a family member. He also had the unusual habit of sometimes recording where the deceased was born or where they had previously lived.
316 burials in 1849 list cholera as the cause of death. The publication Cholera in Tynemouth in 1831-2, 1848-9, and 1853, by E. Headlam Greenhow, published in the Journal of Public Health in June 1855 (which you can read online by clicking the link and then clicking on each page image to turn the page), is a fascinating study of the various cholera epidemics in the Tynemouth area. It explains how the epidemic spread from street to street and describes the unsanitary living conditions of most of the population. In this epidemic, 279 children were made orphans and an additional 106 lost either father or mother. The subsequent drain on the finances of the parish and district to support these poor unfortunates caused a push for massive public health improvements in 1851, resulting in better drainage, ventilation, sewage and waste disposal, and disinfection practices.
- 3 Jan 1841 Isabella Allan, of Low Lights, age: 87, widow of John Allan (potter), buried in the ancient burial ground within the walls of Tynemouth Garrison
- 5 Mar 1841 Richard Robson, of Toll Square, age: 80 years 9 months, mariner(?), formerly of Winlaton, see entry 180
[Note: refers to the burial of his wife Hannah in Jan 1841]
- 26 Mar 1845 David Collins, of Clive Street, age: 40, weaver
- 6 Dec 1845 John Duck, age: 22, died at sea on board the “Robert” of London
- 19 Aug 1849 Elizabeth Avery, of Percy Court, Northumberland Street, age: 58, wife of William Avery (shipwright), cholera
- 20 Dec 1850 Frances Wild, of West Harton, age: 22, daughter of Johnson (miner) & Margaret Wild
Besides many streets in North Shields, residences include Allotment, Backworth, Balkwell, Billy Mill, Broad Quay, Burdon Main, Byker, Chirton, Coble Dean, Cullercoats, East Howdon, Hayhole, High Flatworth, Howdon, Low Chirton, Low Flatworth, Low Lights, Monkseaton, Moor Houses, Mount Pleasant, New Whitley, New York, Newcastle, North Shields, Percy Main, the Poor House, Preston, Seaton Ville, Shiremoor, South Preston, South Shields, Tynemouth, Tynemouth Garrison, Whitehill Point, Whitley, Whitley Hillheads, and Wooden Bridge.