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Easington, Durham

Historical Description

Easington, a village, a township, a parish, and a ward in Durham. The village stands 2 miles from the coast, 2 E of Haswell railway station, and 9½ E by N of Durham, occupies an elevated site, was anciently a place of importance, and has now a post, money order, and telegraph office under Castle Eden station (R.S.O.) The township includes the village, and comprises an area of 5058 acres; population, 1262; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1289. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; value, £1131 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The church is ancient and has a nave 63 feet by 46, with pillars round and octagonal, a chancel 42 feet by 20, and a conspicuous tower 60 feet high, and was thoroughly restored in 1853. The parsonage is a very ancient edifice, with traces of a chapel. Bernard Gilpin, B.D., " Apostle of the North," was rector. There are Wesleyan and Roman Catholic chapels, and a recreation club, with reading and billiard rooms. Little Thorpe hamlet and Horden Hall, an ancient manorial residence, are in this township. There are extensive collieries at Shotton, Haswell, and South Hetton, which places were formerly in the parish, but are now distinct ecclesiastical districts. The workhouse is in Easington township. The ward comprehends the central part of the eastern side of the county, and is bounded on the W and the N by the river Wear, from the neighbourhood of Croxdale to the sea, and on the S, for a short distance, by the river Skerne to the E of Fishburn.

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 parishEasington St. Mary 
Poor Law unionEasington 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Easington from the following:

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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RegionNorth East
Postal districtSR8
Post TownPeterlee