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Binchester, Durham

Historical Description

Binchester, a township in St Andrew-Auckland and Byers Green parishes, Durham, on the river Wear, adjacent to the Weardale railway, 1 mile N by E of Bishop-Auckland station on the N.E.R. Post town, Bishop-Auckland. Acreage, 596; population of Binchester, 53; of Byers Green, 2346; and of the ecclesiastical parish of Byers Green, 8505. The manor has belonged to the Wren family since the time of James I., and their mansion on it, a venerable building with wings, appears to have been built about the beginning of that king's reign. A spot on the brow of an eminence, commanding an extensive view, and now enclosed and cultivated, was the Roman station Binovium or Vinovium, and has yielded a great variety of Roman relics. The extent of the station was probably about 30 acres. The Roman Watling Street passed either through it or close on its western side.

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 unionAuckland 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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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 districtDL14
Post TownBishop Auckland