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Haswell, Durham

Historical Description

Haswell, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Easington parish, Durham, on the Durham and Sunderland railway, 6¼ miles E by N of Durham. The township includes the hamlets of High and Low Haswell, and has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Sunderland. Acreage, 3225; population, 6276; of the ecclesiastical parish, 3782. The surface, about the beginning of the 19th century, was nearly all moor, but now is mainly under cultivation. Coals of a superior quality are very extensively mined, and are sent for shipment at Hartlepool, Seaham Harbour, and Sunderland. An explosion took place in one of the mines in 1844, causing a loss of 90 lives. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £280. Patron, the Bishop. The church of St Paul, erected in 1867, is a building of red brick, consisting of nave, chancel, and N aisle with a porch. There are also a church mission room, Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, and Bible Christian chapels, and colliery schools, built in 1873.

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 parishEasington 
Poor Law unionEasington 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Haswell 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

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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDH6
Post TownDurham