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Boldon, Durham

Historical Description

Boldon, two villages and townships forming a parish in Durham. The villages are West and East Boldon, about a mile from each other, and 4½ miles NW of Sunderland. There is a post and money order office at both places (R.S.O.), telegraph office, West Boldon. Acreage of parish, 4215; population of the civil parish, 4890; of the ecclesiastical, 1926. There is a station on the N.E.R. for goods only at West Boldon, and a passenger station at East Boldon, called Cleadon Lane. The manor belonged from time immemorial to the See of Durham, and gave name to the "Boldon Buke" an ancient survey of the diocese, of which four copies only still exist. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are now lords of the manor. There is an extensive colliery. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; net value, £480 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The parish church is Early English, and has several memorial windows. There are two chapels and some small charities.

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 parishBoldon St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionSouth Shields 

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