Market place and St Hilda's Church South Shields

South Shields, St Hilda is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Durham, created in 1845 from Jarrow Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: St Hilda.

Alternative names: South Shields

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1763

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church of Scotland/Scottish Presbyterian, Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, United Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SHIELDS (South), a town, a township, five chapelries, a sub-district, and a district, in Durham. The town stands on the river Tyne, at the end of the ancient military way called the Wreken dyke, at the terminus of the Brandling Junction and the Stanhope and Tyne railways, opposite North Shields, 1 mile W of Tyne bar, and 8 E by N of Newcastle; adjoins a hill, called the Lawe, once insulated by the tide, and supposed to have been the site of the Roman station Ostia Vedræ; has yielded there and elsewhere Roman coins, inscribed stones, an altar, and remains of a hypocaust; took its present name from the “sliels” or huts of fishermen anciently on its site; went, after the Norman conquest, to the Dean and Chapter of Durham; became famous, about 1499, for salt-works, towards the close of the 17th century, for glass-works, in the 18th century, for chemical works, in 1789, for the invention of the lifeboat by Mr. Greathead; was no more than a village, with only 4 vessels, so late as about 1750; rose thence rapidly to the condition of a prosperous town; was made a parliamentary borough in 1832, and a municipal borough in 1850; consists, in both capacities, of the townships of South Shields and Westoe; was proposed, in the Boundary Commissioners’ report of 1868, to comprise a further area containing a pop. of about 15,000; sends one member to parliament; is divided into three wards, and governed by a mayor, 8 aldermen, and 24 councillors; is a seat of petty sessions and county courts; publishes two newspapers; occupies nearly all South Shields township and much of Westoe township; extends about 2 miles along the river; commands, from the Lawe Walk, a fine view of the coast and the sea; consists chiefly of a long, narrow, crooked old street, along the river’s bank, and of spacious, well built, new streets, on higher ground above; includes a large central market square; and has a head post-office in Market place, receiving post-offices in Fowler-street and at Tyne docks, railway-stations with telegraph, four banking offices, several chief inns, a town hall and market house built in 1768, a branch custom-house, a savings’ bank, a public newsroom, assembly-rooms, a theatre built in 1866 at a cost of nearly £8,000, a freemasons’ hall, an odd-fellows’ hall, baths and wash-houses built in 1854 at a cost of £3,000, five churches, sixteen dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed school with £70 a year, a recently-formed nautical school, national and denomination schools, a literary and scientific institution, a mechanics’ institution with reading room and large library, a working-men’s institute with large library, master-mariners’ cottages, a dispensary, and a workhouse. St. Hilda’s church dates from very early times; was mainly rebuilt at great cost in 1811; and retains its old tower. Trinitv church was built in 1834; St. Stephen’s, in 1846; and St. Mary’s, at a cost of £4,000, in 1863. A new post-office building was projected in 1869.

A weekly market is held on Saturday; and fairs on the market-days before 1 May and before and after 11 Nov., and on 24 June and 1 Sept. Ship-building, boat-building, rope-making, sail-making, block-making, iron-working, glass-making, varnish-making, earthenware-manufacture, and brewing are carried on. Commerce also is extensive, particularly in the export of coal; but the port statistics are conjoint with those of North Shields, and have been given in our previous article. A pilot-tower is in the E, giving a lookout for vessels at sea; a battery is on the Lawe, a little to the N of the pilot-tower; a pier, about ¼ of a mile long, runs eastward from between the Lawe and the Narrows; two long piers or breakwaters run out, the one from the South Shields side, the other from the vicinity of Tynemouth Castle, to an entrance nearly 2½ furlongs wide beyond Tyne bar; several dry docks are on the river’s bank; and Tyne dock, with a water-area of 15 acres and a depth of 24 feet, is in the extreme SW. A vast mass of ballast-hills extends along the E shore; was formed by deposition of ballast from vessels entering for cargoes; and is connected at two points near the river’s bank with railways. The police force of the borough, in 1864, comprised 35 men, at an annual cost of £2,293. The crimes committed in 1864, were 37; the persons apprehended, 39; the known depredators and suspected persons at large, 195; the houses of bad character, 21. Electors in 1833, 475; in 1868, 1,211. Real property in 1860, £30,656; of which £917 were in gasworks. Amount of property and income-tax charged in 1863, £2,902. Pop. in 1851, 28,974; in 1861, 35,239. Houses, 4,443.

The township comprises 170 acres of land and 326 of water. Pop. in 1851, 9,625; in 1861, 8,973, of whom 919 were persons on board vessels. Houses, 1,209. The decrease of pop. arose from changes connected with the opening of Tyne docks, which are in Westoe township. The chapelries are St. Hilda, Trinity, St. Stephen, St-Mary, and St. Mark; and were constituted in 1845, 1848, 1848,1863, and 1868. The livings of St. H., T., and St. Mary are vicarages, that of St. S. is a rectory, and that of St. Mark is a p. curacy, in the diocese of Durham. Value of St. H., £500; of T., £400; of St. S. and St. Mary, each £300; of St. Mark, £150. Patrons of the first four, the Dean and Chapter of D.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

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England, Durham, South Shields – Biography ( 1 )
The family names of the folks of Shields traced to their origin : with brief notices of distinguished persons, to which is appended a dissertation of the origin of the Britannic race
Author: Brockie, William

England, Durham, South Shields – Cemeteries ( 9 )
Monumental inscriptions of Holy Trinity Church, South Shields
Author: Northumberland & Durham Family History Society

Monumental inscriptions, South Shields, Durham County, England (incomplete)
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. British Mission. Genealogical Board

Monumental inscriptions, St. Hilda’s Church, South Shields
Author: Northumberland & Durham Family History Society

Monumental inscriptions, St. Hilda, South Shields

Monumental inscriptions, St. Simons Church, Simonside, South Shields
Author: Ashburner, J.; Northumberland & Durham Family History Society

South Shields, Holy Trinity monumental inscriptions

St. Simon’s Church, Simonside, monumental inscriptions
Author: Ashburner, J.

St. Stephen’s Church, South Shields, monumental inscriptions
Author: Ashburner, J.

St. Stephen’s Church, South Shields, monumental inscriptions
Author: Ashburner, J.

England, Durham, South Shields – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for South Shields, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Durham, South Shields – Census – 1851 ( 1 )
1851 census, South Shields

England, Durham, South Shields – Church records ( 34 )
Births and baptisms at the Independent Chapel on Wallace Street in South Shields, in the parish of Jarrow, Durham, 1824-1836
Author: Congregational Church (Wallace Street, South Shields, Durham)

Births and baptisms at the Independent Chapel on Wallace Street in South Shields, in the parish of Jarrow, Durham, 1824-1836
Author: Congregational Church (Wallace Street, South Shields, Durham)

Births and baptisms at the Wesleyan Chapel on Chapter Row in South Sheilds in the parish of Jarrow, Durham, 1823-1837
Author: Wesleyan Church (South Shields, England)

Births and baptisms, 1785-1837
Author: Scotch Presbyterian Church (South Shields, Durham)

Births and baptisms, 1809-1837
Author: Scotch Presbyterian Church (South Shields, Durham)

Births and baptisms, 1834-1837
Author: Primitive Methodist Chapel (Glebe, South Shields, Durham)

Births and baptisms, 1834-1837
Author: Primitive Methodist Chapel (Glebe, South Shields, Durham)

Births, 1820-1836
Author: Baptist Chapel (Barrington Street, South Shields, Durham)

Births, 1820-1836
Author: Baptist Chapel (Barrington Street, South Shields, Durham)

Church records, 1786-1857
Author: Presbyterian Church (Shields)

Church records, 1833-1838
Author: Church of Scotland. Parish Church of South Shields (Durham)

Church records, 1843-1907
Author: Methodist Church. South Shields Circuit (Durham, England)

Church records, 1849-1858
Author: Catholic Church. St. Cuthbert’s (South Shields, Durham)

Church records, 1856-1984
Author: Catholic Church. St. Bede’s (South Shields, Durham)

Church records, 1858-1900
Author: Temple Town Chapel (South Shields : Wesleyan Methodist); Frederick Street Chapel (South Shields : Wesleyan Methodist)

Church records, 1859-1865
Author: Laygate Lane Chapel (South Shields : New Connexion Methodist); Lion Chapel (South Shields : New Connexion Methodist)

Church records, 1859-1905
Author: Queen Street Chapel (South Shields : Free Methodist)

Church records, 1860-1916
Author: Wellington Street Chapel (South Shields : Wesleyan Methodist); Baring Street Chapel (South Shields : Wesleyan Methodist)

Church records, 1869-1894
Author: Cambridge Street Chapel (South Shields : Wesleyan Methodist); Frederick Street Chapel (South Shields : Wesleyan Methodist)

Church records, 1869-1938
Author: Laygate Presbyterain Church (South Shields)

Church records, 1884-1902
Author: Wapping Street Chapel (South Shields : Free Methodist); Reay Street Chapel (South Shields : Free Methodist)

Church records, 1885-1984
Author: Catholic Church. St. Peter and St. Paul’s (Tyne Dock, Durham)

Church records, 1893-1902
Author: Dean’s Street Chapel (South Shields : New Connexion Methodist)

Church records, 1914-1941
Author: St. John’s Chapel (South Shields, Durham : Presbyterian)

[Durham parish registers]
Author: Norman, Bertram William Tuff, 1880-1959

England, Durham, South Shields, Holy Trinity Church, bishop’s transcripts, 1864-1867
Author: Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (South Shields, Durham); Durham University Library

England, Durham, South Shields, St. Hilda’s Church, bishop’s transcripts, 1763-1891
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham); Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (South Shields, Durham); Church of England. St. Stephen’s Church (South Shields, Durham); Durham University Library

Parish chest material, 1660-1897
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

Parish register transcripts, 1653-1812
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

Parish registers for St. Aidan’s Church, South Shields, 1888-1983
Author: Church of England. St. Aidan’s Church (South Shields, Durhamshire)

Parish registers for St. Hilda’s Church, South Shields, 1653-1905
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

Parish registers for St. Stephen’s Church, South Shields, 1846-1905
Author: Church of England. St. Stephen’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

Record of members, 1848-1948
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. South Shields Branch (Durhamshire)

Record of members, ca. 1849-1917
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jarrow Branch (Durhamshire); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hebburn and Wallsend Branch (Durhamshire)

England, Durham, South Shields – Church records – Indexes ( 30 )
Church of St. Thomas, Fowler St. South Shields : male index of marriage registers, 1864-1962
Author: Lascelles, A. G.; Church of England. St. Thomas’ Church (South Shields)

Computer printout of South Shields, Barrington Street Baptist, Durham, Eng

Computer printout of South Shields, Chapter Row Methodist, Durham, Eng

Computer printout of South Shields, Laygate Presbyterian Church, Durham, England

Computer printout of South Shields, New Presbyterian, Durham, Eng

Computer printout of South Shields, Scotch Church, Durham, England

Computer printout of South Shields, St. Hilda Primitive Methodist, Durham, Eng

Computer printout of South Shields, St. Hilda, Durham, England

Computer printout of South Shields, Wallis Street Independent, Durham, Eng

Holy Trinity, South Shields, index of burials, 1835-1917 : plus index of cremations, 1956-1976
Author: Tait, Ralph; Tait, Doreen; Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (South Shields, Durham)

Index to the burial register of St. Hilda, South Shields, 1798-1812
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

Marriages, South Shields, St. Thomas, 1864-1962 ; Hebburn, St. John, 1887-1927
Author: Lascelles, A. G.; Church of England. St. Thomas’ Church (South Shields); Church of England. St. John’s Church (Hebburn, Durham)

Parish register printouts of South Shields, Durham, England (Independent, Wallis Street) ; christenings, 1824-1836
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of South Shields, Durham, England (Methodist, Chapter Row) ; christenings, 1823-1837
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of South Shields, Durham, England (New Presbyterian) ; christenings, 1786-1857
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of South Shields, Durham, England (Primitive Methodist, Saint Hilda) ; christenings, 1833-1837
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

South Shields baptisms, marriages & burials, 1813-1839
Author: Bell, George; Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham); Church of England. Parish Church of Jarrow (Durham)

South Shields Holy Trinity marriages, 1846-1920
Author: Rounce, W. E.; Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (South Shields, Durham)

South Shields, Holy Trinity baptisms, marriages & burials, 1834-1839
Author: Bell, George; Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (South Shields, Durham)

South Shields, St. Aidan marriages
Author: Rounce, W. E.; Church of England. St. Aidan’s Chapel (South Shields)

South Shields, St. Aidan marriages 1888-1905
Author: Tait, Ralph; Tait, Doreen; Cooper, Irene; Church of England. St. Aidan’s Church (South Shields, Durhamshire)

South Shields, St. Hilda marriages 1837-1901
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

South Shields, St. Hilda, burial index, 1653-1717 : (register indexed: EP/EL.SS.SH 1/1, 3 (part))
Author: Poll, I. M.

South Shields, St. Jude marriages 1887-1914
Author: Church of England. St. Jude’s Church (South Shields)

South Shields, St. Michael marriages 1883-1908
Author: Rounce, W. E.; Church of England. St. Michael’s Chapel (South Shields)

St. Hilda’s, South Shields, index to marriage registers, 1653-1837
Author: Rounce, W. E.; Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

St. Mark, South Shields, marriages, 1875-1902
Author: Tait, Ralph; Tait, Doreen; Church of England. St. Mark’s Church (South Shields)

St. Mary, Jarrow Dock, marriages, 1864-1904
Author: Tait, Ralph; Tait, Doreen; Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (South Shields)

St. Simon, South Shields, marriages, 1880-1910
Author: Tait, Ralph; Tait, Doreen; Church of England. St. Simon’s Church (South Shields)

St. Stephen’s Parish Church, South Shields, marriage index 1848-1903
Author: Tait, Ralph; Church of England. St. Stephen’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

England, Durham, South Shields – History ( 2 )
1850-1950 South Shields

The borough of South Shields, from the earliest period to the close of the nineteenth century
Author: Hodgson, George B.

England, Durham, South Shields – Land and property ( 2 )
Land tax assessments for the township of South Shields, 1760-1831
Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Durhamshire)

Register of tenants and landlords, ca. 1800
Author: South Shields (Durham : Borough)

England, Durham, South Shields – Maps ( 2 )
Tyneside & Sunderland street by street

A-Z Newcastle upon Tyne : Sunderland, Durham : Gateshead, South Shields, Tynemouth, Washington, Bedlington, Blyth, Chester-le-Street, Cramlington, Peterlee, Ponteland, Seaham, North Shields, Stanley, Whitley Bay
Author: Geographers’ A-Z Map Company

England, Durham, South Shields – Names, Personal ( 1 )
The family names of the folks of Shields traced to their origin : with brief notices of distinguished persons, to which is appended a dissertation of the origin of the Britannic race
Author: Brockie, William

England, Durham, South Shields – Newspapers ( 2 )
England, Durham, South Shields : Family Notices, 1855-1884

England, Durham, South Shields : Obituaries, 1855-1884

England, Durham, South Shields – Obituaries ( 1 )
England, Durham, South Shields : Obituaries, 1855-1884

England, Durham, South Shields – Occupations ( 2 )
Essays in Tyneside labour history
Author: McCord, Norman; North East Group for the Study of Labour History

Parish chest material, 1660-1897
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

England, Durham, South Shields – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Parish chest material, 1660-1897
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

England, Durham, South Shields – Probate records ( 1 )
England, Durham, South Shields, probate records, 1736-1786
Author: Northumberland County Record Office (England)

England, Durham, South Shields – Public records ( 1 )
Creed registers, 1877-1896, and admissions and discharges, 1897-1901
Author: South Shields Hospital (South Shields, Durham)

England, Durham, South Shields – Schools ( 16 )
Admission registers, 1863-1883
Author: Union British School (South Shields, Durham)

Admission registers, 1871-1925
Author: Holy Trinity Church of England School (South Shields, Durham)

Admission registers, 1905-1926
Author: St. Hilda’s School (South Shields, Durham)

Infants’ school log book, 1871-1905
Author: Victoria Road Board School (South Shields, Durham)

Infants’ school log book, 1878-1886
Author: St. Mary’s Board School (South Shields, Durham)

Log book, 1866-1896
Author: Tyne Docks British School (South Shields, Durham)

Log book, 1886-1924, and admission registers, 1918-1926
Author: St. John’s School (South Shields, Durham)

Log book, 1888-1897
Author: Hudson Street Girls’ School (South Shields, Durham)

Log books, 1863-1920, admission registers, 1886-1926
Author: Barnes Road School (South Shields, Durham)

Log books, 1863-1925; and admission registers, 1886-1925
Author: St. Stephen’s School (South Shields, Durham)

Log books, 1874-1925
Author: Ocean Road School (South Shields, Durham)

Log books, 1875-1926; and admission registers, 1898-1925
Author: Cone Street School (South Shields, Durham)

Log books, 1880-1925
Author: Simonside Church of England School (South Shields, Durham)

Log books, 1884-1925, and girls’ admission register, 1906-1922
Author: Baring Street School (South Shields, Durham)

Mixed and infants’ department admission register, 1920-1925
Author: St. Marks Church of England School (South Shields, Durham)

South Shields school admission register, 1874-1883

England, Durham, South Shields – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for the township of South Shields, 1760-1831
Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Durhamshire)

England, Durham, South Shields – Voting registers ( 3 )
List of voters, 1848-1852
Author: South Shields (Durham : Borough)

Parish chest material, 1660-1897
Author: Church of England. St. Hilda’s Church (South Shields, Durham)

Register of voters, 1848-1852
Author: South Shields (Durham : Borough)

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Administration

  • County: Durham
  • Civil Registration District: South Shields
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Durham
  • Rural Deanery: Chester le Street
  • Poor Law Union: South Shields
  • Hundred: Chester Ward
  • Province: York

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