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Hylton or North Hylton, Durham

Historical Description

Hylton or North Hylton, a township and with Castle-town an ecclesiastical parish formed from Monk Wearmouth parish, Durham. The township stands on the river Wear, opposite Ford village, 1 mile from Hylton station on the N.E.R., and 3 miles W of Sunderland; has a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) A trade in shipbuilding and the manufacture of cement are carried on. The township comprises 2593 acres of land and 44 of tidal water; population, 1313. Hylton Castle is the seat of the Briggs family, was originally a keep of the 13th century, retains in the W front a gatehouse of the time of Richard II., underwent extension in the Italian style in 1746, and is associated with a grim ancient goblin legend. It belonged for many ages to the family of Hylton, and passed in 1762 t— the Bowes family. A ruined chapel is behind it, originally of the 12th century, desolated at the Eeformation, restored in the 18th century, desecrated afterwards to the meanest uses, and retains on its walls stone shields of the Hyltons and of families to which they were allied. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £300. Patrons, the trustees of Hylton Castle. The church is at Castle-town, and was erected in 1874 in the Early English style of architecture.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

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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