Hunwick, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Auckland St Andrew parish, Durham. The village stands near the river Wear, and the Sunderland and Bishop Auckland railway, 2½ miles NW by N of Bishop Auckland, and has a station on the railway. The township includes also Helmington, and bears the name of Hunwick and Helmington. It has a post and money order office under Willington (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Willington. Acreage, 1977; population, 2362. Hunwick Hall, a very interesting old house, now a farmhouse, is situated in the old village. One of the rooms, now used as the kitchen, contains a remarkably fine carved mantelpiece of early 17th century date, which may safely be pronounced the finest thing of its kind in the county. The ecclesiastical parish is larger than the township, and was constituted in 1845. Population, 2854. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £294 with residence. Patron, the Incumbent of Auckland St Andrew. The church was erected in 1844, and enlarged in 1854 and 1886; the walls have been strengthened by buttresses in consequence of the subsidence of the land caused by the working of the collieries. There are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan New Connexion chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ancient County||County Durham|
|Poor Law union||Auckland|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Hunwick from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Hunwick, with Helmington)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for County Durham is available to browse.
Online maps of Hunwick 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: