Byker St Michael, Northumberland Family History Guide

Byker St Michael is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Northumberland, created in 1844 from chapelry in Newcastle upon Tyne All Saints Ecclesiastical Parish.

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  • Parish registers: None
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Newcastle upon Tyne St Anne
  • Tynemouth
  • Earsdon
  • Long Benton
  • Gosforth
  • Newcastle upon Tyne All Saints
  • Newcastle upon Tyne St Andrew
  • Gateshead St Mary
  • Heworth St Mary
  • Newcastle upon Tyne St Peter
  • Wallsend

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BYKER, a township, two chapelries, and a subdistrict in Newcastle-upon-Tyne district, Northumberland. The township lies on the river Tyne, near the line of the Roman wall, 1¼ mile E of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and it has a post office, of the name of Byker Hill, under Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Acres, 687; of which 58 are water. Pop., 7,663. Houses, 1,046. The inhabitants are employed variously in potteries, glass-works, quarries, collieries, and other manufactories and works. The chapelries are B., constituted in 1844, and B.-St. Anthony, constituted in 1868; and are in the parish of All Saints. Pop., 10,388. Houses, 1,359. The livings are vicarages in the diocese of Durham. Value, £300 and £170. Patron of B., alternately the Crown and the Bishop; of B.-St. A., Lady James. B. church was built in 1862, at a cost of £2,500; and is in the decorated English style. There is a Wesleyan chapel. The subdistrict contains three townships and two parishes. Pop., 12,994. Houses, 1,817.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BYKER, a township and a church district, in the parish of All Saints, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, union of Newcastle, E. division of Castle ward, S. division of Northumberland, 1¼ mile (E.) from Newcastle; containing 6024 inhabitants. This place, which is situated on the north bank of the Tyne, and forms the easternmost part of the parish, comprises about 636 acres, nearly equally divided between arable and pasture, with upwards of 100 acres occupied by houses, manufactories, and yards for various uses. The soil is chiefly a bright clay, and of moderate quality, yet productive from good manure. Sandstone is quarried which is well adapted for large works; some of it is shipped to London, and much has been used in the handsome new quay and other works undertaken by the corporation of Newcastle. There are three or four coal-mines worked under the surface, though there are few pits, these being sunk in the adjoining townships: the shaft of one of the mines is on the south bank of the Tyne, so that the works extend below the entire bed of the river, and coal is dug beneath the lands of Byker at a distance of a mile and a half from the shaft. Among the manufactories, which are very numerous, are potteries for brown and common, and blue and white, ware, crown and bottle glass-works, cinder and coke kilns, foundries, chain and other iron works, soap-manufactories, white-lead and colour establishments, flour-mills, saw-mills, a considerable flax-mill, fire-brick works, alkali-works, and ropewalks; and on the banks of the river are large timber, and ship and boat building, yards. Of these manufactures an extensive export trade is carried on, and the pottery-ware is much esteemed in the north of Europe; while the India vessels built at St. Peter’s dock by Messrs. Smith, are among the finest specimens of our commercial marine. The living was formed under the 6 & 7 Victoria, c. 37, and is in the gift of the Crown and the Bishop of Durham alternately. A handsome church is about to be erected, for which a subscription has been opened, aided by grants from the Incorporated Society and the Church-Building Commissioners; and Sir M. W. Ridley, Bart., has given a site, nearly in the centre of the township. A tithe rent-charge of £80 is paid to the Bishop of Carlisle, one of £80 to the Dean and Chapter, and one of £35 to the vicar of Newcastle. There are six places of worship, nearly all belonging to the different Methodist connexions.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Administration

  • County: Northumberland
  • Civil Registration District: Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Durham
  • Rural Deanery: Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Poor Law Union: Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Hundred: Castle Ward
  • Province: York