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Esh or Ash, Durham

Historical Description

Esh or Ash, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Durham. The village stands 2¼ miles SW of Witton Gilbert railway station, and 5 WNW of Durham, and has a post and money order office under Durham; telegraph office, Quebec. The township comprises 3145 acres; population, 6392; of the ecclesiastical parish, 4329. E&h Colliery is in this parish, and has a miners' institute, with reading, science, recreation rooms, and a library. There are two dissenting chapels. The miners and workmen employed at the Langley Park Colliery, which ia only a few yards over the boundary, all live in the parish. There is also a large colliery at Ushaw Moor. A Roman Catholic college, on a large scale, with about 300 students, is at Ushaw. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £316 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Manchester. The church is good, and there is a Roman Catholic chapel. Langley Park is a new consecrated church (chapel of ease to Esh). See USHAW.

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 parishLanchester 
Poor Law unionLanchester 

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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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