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Hunwick, Durham

Historical Description

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.

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 
Poor Law unionAuckland 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL15
Post TownCrook