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Chilton, Durham

Historical Description

Chilton, a township in Merrington parish, and part of the ecclesiastical district of Ferry Hill, Durham, adjacent to the Weardale railway, 6½ miles E of Bishop-Auckland. Post town, money order, and telegraph office, Ferry Hill. Acreage, 2422; population, 1536. Chilton Hall is the residence of the Fenwick family. An iron church, opened in 1878, is a chapel of ease; there are also Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 
Civil parishMerrington 
Poor Law unionSedgefield 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chilton from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for County Durham is available to browse.


Online maps of Chilton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering county Durham online:

CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL17