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Holmside, Durham

Historical Description

Holmside, an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1865 from Lanchester and Chester-le-Street parishes, Durham, 2½ miles from Lanchester station on the Consett railway, and 7½ NW of Durham. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Lanchester. Population, 4669. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value,, £300 with residence, in the gift of the Crown and the Bishop of Durham alternately. The church is a small building in the Gothic style, erected in 1870. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels. Extensive collieries are in the neighbourhood. Old Holmside Hall, now a farmhouse, was the birthplace of William Whittingham, one of the translators of the Geneva Bible, who married Calvin's wife's sister, and afterwards became Dean of Durham.

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 parishLanchester 
Poor Law unionLanchester 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Holmside from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Holmside are available from a number of sites:

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 districtDH7
Post TownDurham