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Haughton le Skerne, Durham

Historical Description

Haughton-le-Skerne, a village, a township, and a parish in Durham. The village stands on the river Skerne, 2 miles NE of Darlington station on the N.E.R.; is a considerable place, and has a bridge over the Skerne, and a post and money order office under Darlington; telegraph office, Darlington. The township comprises 1942 acres; population, 737. The parish contains also the townships of Coatham Mundeville, Whessoe, Brampton, Great Burdon, and the hamlet of Harrowgate. Haughton Hall, Red Hall, Whinfield, and the Rectory are chief residences. A great battle was fought at Haughton Bridge, and an ancient causeway goes thence to Lingfield Lane. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £1100. Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The church is ancient, with a tower; has two Norman doorways and chancel arch; contains old oak stalls, with richly carved ends and poppy heads, and two brasses. A chapel of ease was built in 1865, in Coatham Mundeville, and is a handsome edifice in the Early English style. There is a parochial reading-room.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishHaughton-Le-Skerne St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionDarlington 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL1
Post TownDarlington