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Mainsforth, Durham

Historical Description

Mainsforth, a township in Bishop Middleham parish, Durham, 1 mile from Ferry Hill station on the North-Eastern railway, and 7½ miles east of Bishop Auckland. Post town and money order office, Bishop Middleham; telegraph office, Ferry Hill. Acreage, 653; population, 158. Mainsforth Hall belonged to the Huttons, passed to the Snrtees, and is notable for the residence in it of the late Robert Surtees, the county historian and antiquary. Sir Walter Scott often visited it, and he planted an oak tree, which nourishes at the end of the house-terrace. An association, called the Snrtees Society, in memory of Mr Pioberfc Surtees, was formed immediately after his decease, for publishing unedited manuscripts relating to the North of England. An antler of a moose deer was found in the township, and an ancient camp is here, occupying 16 acres.

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 parishBishop's Middleham 
Poor Law unionSedgefield 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Mainsforth from the following:

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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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL17