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Harton, Durham

Historical Description

Harton, a village and a township in Jarrow parish, Durham, on the coast, 2 miles S of South Shields station on the N.E.R. There is a post and money order office at Harton Colliery (T.S.O.); telegraph office, South Shields. Acreage of the township, 1851; population, 4631; of the ecclesiastical parish, 585. The name is a corruption of Heorte-dune, signifying " the hill of stags," and like the names of Hart, Hart-ness, and Hartlepool, commemorates the ancient abundance of harts on the Durham seaboard. A cavern on the coast is called the Fames' Rettle cave. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £330 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church was built in 1868, and dedicated to St Peter. West Harton is a consolidated chapelry, cut off from Harton in 1890, a few minutes' walk from Tyne Dock station on the N.E.R. Population, including the South Shields workhouse which is situated in it, 4062. There is an extensive colliery in the district. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £200 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church of All Saints was consecrated in 1890.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCounty Durham 
Civil parishJarrow 
Poor Law unionSouth Shields 
WardJarrow 

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


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Harton from the following:


Land and Property

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


Maps

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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

DistrictSouth Tyneside
RegionNorth East
CountryEngland
Postal districtNE34
Post TownSouth Shields

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