- Born in Co Durham, son of John and Hannah (nee Dent) on 22
- Baptised, Gateshead, 2nd son of John Welch, bricklayer.
- Partner in the family firm of John Welch and Sons, builders
and contractors of public works, of West Street, Gateshead and
later Oxford Street, Newcastle.
Building contractors for, amongst other projects, Wearmouth
Docks in 1835, various railway bridges on the Great North of
England Railway, and most famously, Grey’s Monument in Newcastle
upon Tyne in 1838.
- 1839 – John Welch and Sons awarded the contract for the
building of Warkworth Harbour, the work to begin immediately.
As part of the works, Joseph built Cliff House. McAndrews, in
his history of Amble, relates that “the contractor at an early
stage of the proceedings built a rather pretentious domicile on
the edge of the high cliff-a point of vantage which overlooked
the whole scene of operations.”
- 1841 Census – Builder, living with parents at Lambton
- 1841-1844 – Speculative building in Amble, of stone
properties, comprising 13 lots of homes and shops, known as
Welch’s Buildings. These formed the nucleus of what became the
top end of Queen Street and included the Waterloo Hotel. There
were 6 lots on the same side as the Waterloo; the top corner
property; and 2 lots round the corner into Wellwood Street. A
further 4 lots were built on the opposite side of Queen Street.
- January 1844 - married Alice Noble in Newcastle.
Newcastle Journal 20 January:
“Workmen in the employment of Mr Joseph Welch of this town,
builder and contractor for public works, sat down a party of 80,
at Mr Newton’s Dolphin Inn, Close, on Tuesday last, to an
excellent dinner and the usual good cheer, to celebrate the
marriage of Mr Welch. Another large party of workmen dined at Mr
Parrey’s, Amble, on the occasion.”
- 27 January 1844 – Joseph Welch died at his home in Oxford
Street, Newcastle, aged 45. He died from injuries sustained when
he was thrown from his phaeton, along with his new bride and her
sister, in Gosforth. His wife and sister in law were unhurt.
Obituary, Newcastle Courant 2 February 1844:
“Mr Welch was much respected for his kindness of disposition
and the integrity with which he conducted his very extensive
business: his talents were of a very superior order, and are
evinced in the numerous churches, chapels, bridges, and public
monuments, which have been erected under his direction, by the
firm of John Welch and Son, of which he was the acting partner.
Among many others, the churches at Winlaton, Washington, North
and South Shields; the bridges over the Tees at Whorton and
Blackwell, the Ouse at Poppleton, the Tyne at Bellingham and
Scotswood, the Ouseburn Viaduct on the Newcastle and North
Shields railway, and the Grey Column in this town, are monuments
of his skill and industry. He was a kind and indulgent master,
and has left numerous legacies to persons who have been many
years in his employment. He has also bequeathed £100 to the
Newcastle Infirmary, and £50 each to the Dispensaries in
Newcastle and Gateshead.”
With thanks for his assistance, Bill Charlton, a descendant of
the Welch family.