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East Rainton, Durham

Historical Description

Rainton, East, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Houghton-le-Spring parish, Durham. The township lies 2 miles NE of Leamside railway station, and 5 NE by N of Durham. It has a post office under Fence Houses; money order and telegraph office, West Rainton. Acreage, 1091; population, 1510. Most of the inhabitants are employed in the extensive coal mines. The ecclesiastical parish comprises part of the township and the whole of Moorsley. Population, 1986. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £288 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church was built in 1866, is in the Early Decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, and a bell-turret. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a reading-room provided for the use of the miners.

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 unionHoughton-le-Spring 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for East Rainton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of East Rainton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtDH5
Post TownHoughton Le Spring