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Shotley Bridge, Durham

Historical Description

Shotley Bridge, a populous village, adjacent to Blackhill in Benfieldside township and ecclesiastical parish, Lanchester union, Durham, on the river Derwent, with a station on the Consett branch of the N.E.R., and 13 miles SW of New-castle-upon-Tyne. It was mainly settled by German sword-cutlers, religious refugees from Germany, in the time of William III., rose to importance in conjunction with Consett as the centre of a great coal-mining and ironworking region, occupies a romantic site, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) Together with Blackhill it is governed by an urban district council. The church of St Cuth-bert's was built in 1850 in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, transept, and tower with spire. It was restored and enlarged in 1883. Shotley Park is a chief residence. There are also two banks, a convalescent home, and a police station. Extensive ironworks are about 2 miles distant, and large paper-mills are at Shotley Grove. The parish was divided in 1884, and the greater part of Blackhill was made into a new parish. The church of St Aidan's was consecrated in 1859. See BLACKHILL.

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


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Ancient CountyCounty Durham 

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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDH8