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Cocken, Durham

Historical Description

Cocken, a township in West Rainton parish, Durham, on the river Wear, 3½ miles NNE of Durham, and 1 from Leam-side station on the N.E.R. Acreage, 465; population, 176. Post town, Fence Houses; money order and telegraph office, West Rainton. There is a coal mine. Cocken Hall, now the seat of the Heath family, formerly a Carmelite nunnery, is a romantically situated residence, almost surrounded by the Wear, over which a bridge has been recently built to supersede a rather dangerous ford. Mrs Mompesson, the heroic wife of the rector of Eyam during the Great Plague, was born here.

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 parishHoughton le Spring 
Poor Law unionChester-le-Street 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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