"Voters’ lists" is the most straightforward of the terms used to describe people in a household who had a vote. Other terms you may come across include "Electors’ lists", "Electoral registers" and "Burgess rolls". This last term describes a specific type of list - you can find an explanation of these and other useful information by downloading the Useful facts for voters’ list users link on the right.
The most significant date for our collection is 1974.
In this year the present Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead was created by amalgamating Gateshead County Borough, the Urban Districts of Felling, Whickham, Blaydon and Ryton and half of Chester-le-Street Rural District (the Birtley and Lamesley portion).
- We hold a fairly full collection of registers for Gateshead from 1832 to date.
- We hold registers for all districts from 1974.
- With few exceptions (see listings) surviving registers for Felling, Whickham, Blaydon Ryton and Birtley are more likely to be found at Durham County Record Office.
You can download a listing of voters records, and some useful facts for voters’ list users using the Voters lists links on the right.