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The so called "possible origins" of the name Washington are wrong in here. It is well known amongst historians (especially local ones) that "Washington" is derived from the following Germanic componants: Hwæsinga- (the genitive plural declined form of "Hwæsing"¹; meaning a descendant of Hwæssa² (a family name)) and -tūn meaning estate. So the name in full means: "estate of the descendants of Hwæs" and nothing to do with washing!


  • ¹ - Hwæsing is similar to Eorling/Erling meaning "descendant of an Earl"; similar to how a "halfling" is anything derived (descended) from an half.
  • ² - Hwæssa is rendered in modern English as Wassa, a well known Swedish equivalent to the name is Vasa.

Therefore, I am going to change the article in order to reflect that.

The section on the etymology is highly prejudiced.

Gott wisst (talk) 01:14, 17 November 2011 (UTC)

Recording of name[edit]

The person who first decided to "improve" this article has cited a record from 1096 claiming Washington was spelled Wasindone in this said record. Where is this record? Why is there no citation for it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by SKC (talkcontribs) 21:34, August 25, 2007 (UTC)

George Washington[edit]

This web site claims George Washington was the 1st president of the united states. I'm from Washington and have always been quite proud of this fact. It is WRONG. George Washington was the fifteenth President of the United States. He was the first President of an Independant United States. Check it, I'm right.

Wow, just think how embarrased all of those scholars in America will be when they realise they've been wrong all these years! You should tell them! Anyway... not quite. Before him were 16 men who served as President of the Continental Congress, a post with completely different executive powers compared to the current position (they were essentially just chairmen) - and other than the fact they both contain the word "President", they are nothing alike.

Besides, using your logic, American independance was gained in 1776 therefore he was the fourteenth president of an 'Independent United States'. John the mackem 18:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Alex Kapranos[edit]

it says he was born in washington. but on his page it says almondsbury. make your mind up like. i live in washington and ive heard no talk of him ever being here Flashkick101 (talk) 00:59, 17 September 2008 (UTC)


also im gonna go and make apage in Oxclose because it needs one. ill do it when i can be bothered Flashkick101 (talk) 01:01, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

It'll end up getting deleted, because there's not that much to write about. I wouldn't delete it but one the snobby lot that stare down these pages like hawks will. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:24, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Sports Clubs[edit]

Washington Cricket Club

In 2008 Washington Cricket Club was named as the first Wisden Cricketer Cricket Club of the Year. The award recognised the work of the club in developing youth cricket in the town, expanding the club from two teams in 2000 to eleven in 2008. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Washy Dave (talkcontribs) 21:59, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

Postcode district[edit]

I've fact-tagged the article where it says this: "although it has been in the Newcastle Upon Tyne postcode district since the 19th Century". I find it hard to see how this can be right as it stands. I would not know what postal delivery areas it has been in and what happened in the 19th century - hence the fact tag! - but I do know that postcodes as we now understand them were introduced in the 1960s and 70s. So whatever it was - the "Newcastle postal district" perhaps?? - it cannot be right to call it postcode, surely, when for nearly all readers this will mean the modern system of postcodes like NE1 1AA? Cheers, DisillusionedBitterAndKnackered (talk) 21:01, 22 April 2009 (UTC)


There is a clear social divide between Geordies and Mackems in Washington. I'm from Washington and even though I understand it is now in the 'city of sunderland' I don't want to be known as a Mackem. When did it become part of Sunderland anyway?

DC link[edit]


I question this claim. Is there any proof at all? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:37, 30 May 2009 (UTC)


I have moved the following addition to the end of the Toponymy section here for discussion & possible use in correcting the section -

A Danish amateur scholar of toponymics begs to dissent: the Swedish Wikipedia notes: "The family name Vasa was first used towards the end of the 16th cent. and originates from the family's coat of arms, which was believed to depict a vase". That means that the rebel King Gustav 1st was NOT called Vasa during his lifetime. Hvas is a common Danish surname."Hvas" means sharp (English: whet). The Danish Etymological Dictionary mentions that the Old English version "hwæss" also means "sharp", not "wheat sheaf". It could be a nick name for a bold, quick man. Traces of massive Danish colonization (and hence toponymics) are to be found a few miles South of the Tyne. Many places there bear mixed Old English and Danish names, the first contributing with the common ending "tún", now "ton". It could be possible that Washington ("Hwæssingatún") also has such a mixed origin, while the pure Danish toponymics usually end in --by and -thorpe. Please refer to:

originally posted by Vladwe (talk · contribs) at 19:31, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Keith D (talk) 17:22, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

External Link[edit]

External link: appears dead, it directs to a page with the words "This Account Has Been Suspended". I cannot edit this so bring it to another editor's attention. — Preceding unsigned comment added by VoltairSHK (talkcontribs) 20:11, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

I have marked it as dead for the moment. Keith D (talk) 22:41, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you Keith. Link for "The Galleries" has changed to this one and "The Davy Lamp Folk Club" link is now this one Please alter as I cannot edit. VoltairSHK (talk) 13:27, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
I have replaced the 2 links for you. Keith D (talk) 20:04, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

I am looking to add a website for washington how would i do this please? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Howdyall (talkcontribs) 11:25, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

You could make the request here using the {{editsemiprotected}} template to bring attention to the edit request. Keith D (talk) 22:45, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

thanks Keith D, hope this works.

Replaced the link with washingtonlass. Stickee (talk) 12:25, 12 May 2011 (UTC) New Washington Website, Local News Sport and Discussions

Not done: Per WP:External Links, this section is not a place to promote personal websites. Mato (talk) 15:56, 2 June 2011 (UTC)

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Edit request on 31 March 2012[edit]

I am saddened that information on my home town needs to be protected and that I am unable to make changes in person. I wish to support the accuracy of the entry by adding the following 3 citations to the information under George Washington Connection.

1. ... William de Wessyngton was a forebear[citation needed] of Citation would be from Burkes Peerage and Gentry, Guide to American Presidents.

2. The present structure incorporates small parts of the medieval home in which they lived.[citation needed] Citation would be a refeerence to the National trust page

3. marked each year by a ceremony at Washington Old Hall.[citation needed]

Citation would be to Washington Old Hall Fact Sheet, Sunderland City Councel

Regards John PC

JPCorr (talk) 15:56, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Done Thanks! Regards, Celestra (talk) 23:02, 31 March 2012 (UTC)


Can someone please explain why this page is permanently locked? I see no obvious reason for it such as a major disagreement or consistent vandalism. Even if this is the case, it's my understanding that only a temporary ban should be placed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:22, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

You can always make an edit request on this page if you feel that changes are needed. Keith D (talk) 21:08, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 26 April 2014[edit]

At the 2001 census, the town had a population of 53,388.[1] This has increased to 67085 in the 2011 census. [] (talk) 14:46, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done-- TOW  02:02, 28 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 May 2014[edit]

Please change "2001 census" to "2011 census" (paragraph 3) (talk) 17:08, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thanks for pointing that out - Arjayay (talk) 17:12, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 23 June 2014[edit]

In the "Transport" section...please remove " The presence of the railway was a major factor in Nissan selecting the Washington site, but the passenger service was a victim of the Beeching Axe less than two years later." It's very doubtful that Nissan had any plans to use a mothballed railway, but I could be wrong; however the Beeching axe wasn't 2 years later, but more than 20 years earlier so this is nonsense. (talk) 15:05, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done I have removed the sentence since it is unsourced. Thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. Mz7 (talk) 20:47, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 7 July 2014[edit]

In the Name section at the sentence, "Swedish Vasa being a more famous cognate", please change the link for the word "Vasa"



The intended reference is the Swedish noble family name Vasa, not a common word. The existing wiktionary link is completely misleading, and does not clarify an already obscure statement. (talk) 15:00, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done{{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 17:08, 8 July 2014 (UTC)