"This parish was anciently very extensive, and comprised the whole of Winlaton and Stella parishes, and the newly formed parish of Greenside. It now comprises only the township of Ryton, with the villages of Ryton, Addison and Stargate. Greenside was formed from this parish in 1886.
"The township of Ryton comprises an area of about 1200 acres, and its ratable value in January 1894 was £16,452.
"The village of Ryton is charmingly situated upon a steep and richly wooded bank, rising from the river Tyne, seven miles west from Newcastle. A finer situation could hardly be imagined, being, as it is, surrounded by scenery of the most picturesque descriptions. The view to the north-west from the churchyard, up the Tyne valley, is equal to anything in the North. The village in itself is extremely pleasant and interesting, and possesses many fine mansions with well wooded grounds. The addition of several handsome terraces and villas during the last thirty years has greatly improved the village. Ryton has long been a popular resort during the summer months, and its well known salubrity attracts many who are in failing health. In the centre of the village stands the picturesque village cross, bearing date 1795.
"The other villages in this parish are Addison, a colliery village, on the main turnpike, abpout a mile east by south of Ryton. It is entirely inhabited by employees of the Stella Coal Co. Stargate is another pit village, about three-quarters of a mile south of Addison."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]