Hamsterley, a village, a township, and a parish in Durham. The village stands on a hill, near the river Bedburn, 2 miles SW of Witton-le-Wear station on the N.E.R., and 6 W by N of Bishop Auckland, and has a post office under Bishop Auckland; money order office, Toft Hill; telegraph office, Witton-le-Wear. Acreage of the township, 2983; population, 442; of the ecclesiastical parish, 694. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £291 with residence. Patron, the Bishop. The church i— ancient and cruciform, with a belfry, and was restored in 1885. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Hamsterley from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Hamsterley)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for County Durham is available to browse.
Online maps of Hamsterley are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering county Durham online: