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Cornforth, Durham

Historical Description

Cornforth, a township and ecclesiastical parish in Durham, on the Hartlepool railway, 6¼ miles SSE of Durham. There is a station on the N.E.R. at West Cornforth. Post town, West Cornforth. Acreage of township, 1758; population, 4459; of ecclesiastical parish, 4252. The parish comprises the townships of Cornforth and Thrislington, The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £300 with residence, in the gift of the Crown and Bishop alternately. The church was built in 1868. There is also a Roman Catholic chapel, erected in 1874, containing an altar and two pictures presented by Pope Pius IX., and 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 parishBishop's Middleham 
Poor Law unionSedgefield 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Cornforth from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Cornforth 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