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Fir Tree, Durham

Historical Description

Fir Tree, a hamlet and an ecclesiastical parish in the civil parish of Witton-le-Wear, Durham, constituted in 1862. Population, 2503. Beechburn station on the Crook and Darlington line of the N.E.R. is in the parish. Harperly Park and Smelt House are chief residences. The parish church, situated at Howden-le-Wear, was erected in 1870. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross- value, £310 with residence, alternately in the gift of the Crown and the Bishop of Durham. There are three Wesleyan and a Primitive Methodist chapel in the parish.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for County Durham is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL15
Post TownCrook