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Eaglescliffe or Egglescliffe, Durham

Historical Description

Eaglescliffe or Egglescliffe, a village, a township, and a parish in Durham. The village stands at the verge of the county, on a lofty promontory overhanging the river Tees, opposite Yarm, 4 miles SSW of Stockton-on-Tees; takes its name, which signifies "the fortress-hill," from the character of its site; and commands a beautiful view of the winding Tees and the Cleveland Hills. Some authorities are of opinion that the name is derived either from, (1) The Church Hill-ecclesia, church; (2) Eglws, a Saxon chief; or (3) the Eagle's Hill or Gliffe, eagles being formerly known in these parts. There is a post and telegraph office at Eaglescliffe Junction, the station on the N.E.R.; money order office, Yarm. The township includes the village and the hamlet of Uriay Nook, and comprises 1547 acres; population, 791. There are paper mills in this township. The parish contains also the townships of Aislaby and Newsham, and its post town is Yarm. Population, 965. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; value, £590 with residence. The church is ancient, contains effigies of two knights, and is good. West, the Bishop of Ely, and Basire, the Oriental missionary, and chaplain successively to Charles I. and II., were rectors.

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 parishEaglescliffe St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionStockton 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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