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Bishop Wearmouth, Durham

Historical Description

Wearmouth, Bishop, a township and a parish in Durham. The township lies on the coast, at the mouth of the river Wear, and to the S of that river, a part of the ancient parish having been cut off to form the parish of Sunderland. It is partly within Sunderland municipal borough. Acreage, 2668 of land and 167 of water and foreshore; population, 87,648. The trade, commerce, and manufacture are the same as those of Sunderland. The parish contains also the townships of Bishop Wearmouth Panns, Burdon, Ford, Silksworth, Tunstall, and Ryhope. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £1700. Patron, the Bishop. The church is a cruciform building, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, and western tower.

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 parishWearmouth Bishop St. Michael 
Poor Law unionHoughton-le-Spring 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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