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Hunstonworth, Durham

Historical Description

Hunstonworth, a village and a parish in Durham, on the river Derwent, at the boundary with Northumberland, 8 miles NNW of Stanhope railway station. Post town, Biding Mill, Northumberland; money order and telegraph office, Blanch-land. Acreage, 8042; population, 271. The manor belonged to Robert Corbert, was given by him to Kepier Hospital, and passed, through several hands, to the Joiceys. A considerable tract is held by the trustees of the late Bishop Lord Crewe, and was left by him for charitable purposes. Much of the land is moor and mountain. Lead ore was extensively mined. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £300 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1865 at a cost of £2500, and is in the Early English style. An arched vault, 45 feet long and 25 wide, probably used as a store for goods and cattle in the time of the Border raids, was until 1893 in the churchyard. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel erected in 1877.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCounty Durham 
Poor Law unionWeardale 

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