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Castle Eden, Durham

Historical Description

Castle-Eden (anciently Yoden or Jodene), a township and a parish in Durham. (Yoden is probably from Yewdene. There are several denes along the coast called after the prevailing trees.) The rivulet traverses a romantic dell, called Castle-Eden Dene, and flows eastward to the sea. The township, which is very scattered, includes the following small places:-Factory, Foundry, and Wellfield, and lies near the Hartlepool and Ferryhill railway, 7 miles NW by W of Hartle-pool, and has a station on the railway. There is a post office near Castle-Eden station (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Castle-Eden station. The parish comprises 1949 acres; population, 1257. The manor belonged anciently to Gisborne Priory and the see of Durham. Castle-Eden Castle, the seat of the Burdon family, is a handsome modern castellated edifice, surmounting a wooded precipice contiguous to Castle-Eden Dene, and commanding brilliant views. Coal is extensively worked, and there are brick and tile works and a brewery. A cattle market is held fortnightly, and there is an annual horse show. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £270 with residence. The church was built in 1764, and has been enlarged at various times, is in the Early English style, and has a fine spire. Near here have been found certain remains, which are supposed to have formed the Saxon village of Yoden.

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 parishCastle Eden St. James 
Poor Law unionEasington 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtTS27
Post TownHartlepool