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Houghall, Durham

Historical Description

Houghall, an ancient manor-house, once moated and fortified, in Durham, on the river Wear, 1 mile SE of Durham. It was built by Prior Hotoun, was occupied for a time by Cromwell, and belongs to the Dean and Chapter of Durham. Hougham, a village and a parish in Kent. The village stands 1 mile from the coast, and 2½ miles WSW of Dover station on the S.E.R. The parish contains also the hamlets of Hougham Court and West Hougham, and the western outskirts of the town of Dover, and is partly within Dover borough. Post town, Dover. Acreage, 2917 of land and 183 of water and foreshore; population, 7842. The Heights Barracks, the Citadel Engineers' Barracks, the Western Heights Hospital, the Drop Eedoubt, the Married Soldiers' Quarters, and the Kent Artillery Militia Stores are here. The chapelry of Christ Church, or of Hongham-in-Dover, is within the parish, and was constituted in 1844. The parochial living is a vicarage, and that of Christ church is a perpetual curacy, in the diocese of Canterbury; value of the former,, £190 with residence. Patron of the former, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The parochial church is Early English, and was restored and enlarged in 1884. The church of Christ Church is good. The works for the proposed Channel Tunnel were started here by the South-Eastern Eailway Company.

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 districtDH1
Post TownDurham