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Little Lumley, Durham

Historical Description

Lumley, Little, a township in Lumley ecclesiastical parish, Durham, contiguous on the N to Great Lumley, 1½ mile E of Chester-le-Street station on the N.E.R., and 2 miles from Fence Houses. Post office, Great Lumley; money order and telegraph office, Fence Houses. Acreage, 875, of which 23 are water; population, 557. Lumley Castle is the seat of the Earl of Scarbrough; was founded in the time of Edward I. by the Lumleys, descendants of Lyulph the Saxon, and ancestors of the Earl of Scarbrough; was extended in the time of Richard II. by Sir Ralph Lumley; has since been partly rebuilt and modernized; stands on a gentle elevation, with a lawn sloping to the river Wear; forms a quadrangular pile of yellow freestone, flanked by octagonal towers; measures 196 feet along the S front, and 84 feet by 75 in the inner court; contains a good collection of family portraits; is approached through a bold and stately gateway, and commands a varied and very extensive view.

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 parishChester le Street 
Poor Law unionChester-le-Street 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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