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Crook, Durham

Historical Description

Crook, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Brancepeth civil parish, Durham. The township bears the name of Crook and Billy Row, lies on an affluent of the river Wear and on the Consett and Darlington railway, 5½ miles NNW of Bishop-Auckland, and has a station on the railway and a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.), both of the name of Crook. Acreage, 4058; population of the township,. 11,430; of ecclesiastical parish, 8793. Coal is largely worked. A well attended market is held on Saturdays. The living is. a rectory in the diocese of Durham; net value, £263 with residence. Patron, the Rector of Brancepeth. The church is a building in the Gothic style, contains a beautiful font, and was restored in 1877-78. There are Baptist, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, New Connexion. Methodist, Moravian, and Roman Catholic chapels. The New Connexion Methodist chapel was built in 1860, & mechanics' institute, with library, was built in 1867, and a Freemasons' lodge in 1889. There is a cemetery of 9 acres.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL15
Post TownCrook