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Bishop Middleham, Durham

Historical Description

Bishop-Middleham, a township and a parish in Durham. The township lies on the river Skem, 2 miles SE of Ferry Hill railway station, and 8½ SSE of Durham, and has a post and money order office under Ferry Hill, which is the telegraph office. Acreage, 2086; population of the civil parish, 445; of the ecclesiastical, 603. The parish contains also the townships of Mainsforth and Thrislington. The manor was once a seat of the Bishops of Durham. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishBishop's Middleham St. Michael 
Poor Law unionSedgefield 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bishop Middleham from the following:

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 districtDL17