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Ferryhill, Durham

Historical Description

Ferryhill, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Durham, 5½ miles E by N of Bishop Auckland. The village is a large and well-built place with a station on the N.E.R., was anciently called Feery, and gave name to a resident family. The township includes also a village called Low Spennymoor, which is inhabited partly by coal-miners, and partly by workmen employed at adjacent foundries, and it has a railway station with telegraph called Ferryhill Junction, a head post office called Ferryhill, and another post and money order office of Ferryhill village under Ferryhill. Acreage, 2434; population of the township, 3966; pf the ecclesiastical parish, 4473. The ecclesiastical parish includes also the township of Chilton, and was constituted in 1843. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £227 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church is modern. A cemetery was made in 1887,.and there are Primitive Methodist chapels at Ferryhill and Low Spennymoor.

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 parishMerrington 
Poor Law unionSedgefield 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ferryhill 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

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering county Durham online:

CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL17