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William Weaver Tomlinson

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William Weaver Tomlinson
Born(1858-10-15)15 October 1858
Died26 November 1916 (1916-11-27) (aged 58)

William Weaver Tomlinson, historian, is known for his histories of the north east of England, in particular for his Comprehensive guide to the county of Northumberland. (1888) and his history of the North Eastern Railway: The North Eastern Railway; its rise and development, published 1915.


William Weaver Tomlinson born on 15 October 1858.[1] Tomlinson's father was employed by the Hull and Selby Railway and in 1873 William Weaver joined the North Eastern Railway (NER) as an accountant.[2]

He spent many years living at Monkseaton in the north east of England.[3]

The book 'The North Eastern Railway; its rise and development' was published in 1915, having been written between 1900 and 1914 with the backing of the NER. It gives a detailed account of the history of the NER to 1880, and of its predecessor companies; the history from 1880 to 1904 is more briefly covered, partly due to ill health of the author; the key events in period 1904 to 1915 were covered in an appendix. His history of the railway is regarded as an accurate, comprehensive and authoritative history of the company.[2][4][5][6][7]

He died on 26 November 1916.[8][2][1]


  • William Weaver Tomlinson (1888). Comprehensive guide to the county of Northumberland. Walter Scott.
  • William Weaver Tomlinson (1893). Historical Notes on Cullercoats, Whitley and Monkseaton. W Scott.
  • William Weaver Tomlinson, ed. (1895). Songs and ballads of sport and pastime. W. Scott.
  • William Weaver Tomlinson (1897). Life in Northumberland during the sixteenth century. Walter Scott.
  • William Weaver Tomlinson (1897). The City of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne of To-Day.
  • William Weaver Tomlinson (1915). The North Eastern Railway; its rise and development. Andrew Reid and Company, Newcastle; Longmans, Green and Company, London.
    • 'The North Eastern Railway ..' was reprinted in 1967, with a foreword by Ken Hoole.[4]
  • William Weaver Tomlinson. Denton Hall and Its Associations...
  • George Alexander Cooke; William Weaver Tomlinson. Topographical and Statistical Description of the County of Northumberland.


  1. ^ a b Tomlinson, William Weaver; Hoole, Ken (1967) [1915]. "Introduction". Tomlinson's North Eastern Railway: Its Rise and Development. Newton Abbot: David & Charles.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ a b c Jack Simmons; Gordon Biddle, eds. (1997), "Tomlinson, William Weaver", The Oxford Companion to British Railway History : From 1603 to the 1990s, p. 515
  3. ^ "Further Reading",, Historical Notes on Cullercoats, Whitley and Monkseaton, An accountant by profession, William Weaver Tomlinson was a prominent local historian and writer and his residence for many years was at Lillevilla, in Hawthorn Gardens, Monkseaton. The most well known of his books was entitled 'Tomlinson's Comprehensive Guide to Northumberland'; however another publication called 'Historical Notes on Cullercoats, Whitley and Monkseaton. first appeared in 1893.
  4. ^ a b Kevin P. Jones, "W.W. Tomlinson - North Eastern Railway", www.steamindex
  5. ^ William Weaver Tomlinson (1915), The North Eastern Railway; its rise and development, "Preface"
  6. ^ Cecil John Allen (1964), The North Eastern Railway, I. Allan
  7. ^ Hoole, Ken (1965), A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: North East England, p. 11
  8. ^ Obituary, Archaeologia Aeliana, p. 141

Other sources

  • "V. Mr. William Weaver Tomlinson - An Obituary Notice", Archaeologia Aeliana, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne: 133–144, 1917

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