Newcastle upon Tyne St Nicolas, Northumberland Genealogy

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Parish History

Newcastle upon Tyne St Nicholas is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Northumberland. Gosforth is a chapelry of this parish. Other places in the parish include: Moot Hall.

The town comprises only the civil parish of St. Nicholas, of which certain portions have been formed into the ecclesiastical parishes or districts of All Saints, St. John the Baptist, and St. Andrew. The living of St. Nicholas' is a vicarage, with that of Gosforth annexed, valued in the king's books at £50; net income, £753; patron, the Bishop of Carlisle, who, with the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle, is appropriator. The church, which was mostly rebuilt in 1359, is a spacious cruciform edifice, principally in the decorated style of English architecture, with a steeple in the later style. From the battlements of the tower rise octagonal turrets crowned with crocketed pinnacles, of which the central are lower than those at the angles; from these turrets spring four flying buttresses of graceful curve, meeting in a point, and supporting an elegant lantern turret, surmounted by a small crocketed spire terminating in a vane, forming altogether a structure unequalled for its light and beautiful proportions. The interior of the church retains much of its original character, though many of its ancient monuments were destroyed during the occupation of the town by the Scottish army, and others were removed during the alterations in 1783; the principal monuments at present are those of Sir M. W. Ridley, M.P., Vice-Admiral Collingwood, the Rev. Hugh Moises, A.M., Calverley Bewicke, Esq., and R. H. Williamson, Esq., recorder. On the south side of the church is a building erected in 1736, by Sir Walter Blackett, Bart., who assigned a salary to a librarian, for the preservation here of an ancient collection of works on divinity, bequeathed to the parish by Dr. Thomlinson.

From: 'Newbottle - Newcastle-upon-Tyne', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 379-389. URL: Date accessed: 19 March 2011.

See also St Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne (later Newcastle Cathedral)


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

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Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections Reference number: DDR/EA/PBT/2/193 Date: 1762-1855  Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records. The image collection awaits further engineering and improved access to the parish transcripts

The dates of the post-1760 transcripts have been noted in detail and sometimes only cover years. For most parishes in the collection there are gaps in the sequence of transcripts. It is advisable to consult the original parish registers for these years and events.

Newcastle, St Nicholas: Records of baptisms 1558-1974, marriages 1574-1965 and burials 1574-1859 are available at Northumberland Collections Service. Baptisms 1558-1927, marriages 1574-1965, banns 1754-1977 and burials 1574-1859 can also be seen at Tyne and Wear Archives Service. The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1558-1877 and marriages 1574-1837 for this parish, and Boyd's Marriage Index includes marriages 1574-1812 and banns 1651-1676, 1751-1812. Transcripts of baptisms 1558-1812, marriages and burials 1574-1812 and of monumental inscriptions can be seen at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Dept. A transcript covering marriages 1574-1812 is also available at Gateshead Central Library, Local Studies Dept See Also St Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne (later Newcastle Cathedral)

Non Conformist Churches

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Census records

Poor Law Unions

Newcastle Upon Tyne Poor Law Union, Northumberland

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Northumberland Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

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