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North Bedburn, Durham

Historical Description

Bedburn, North, a township in Witton-le-Wear parish, Durham, forming the ecclesiastical parish of Fir Tree, near the Weardale railway and the river Wear, 5½ miles NW of Bishop-Auckland, and 1½ mile from Beechburn station on the main line of the N.E.R. It comprises the villages of Houghton-le-Wear, Firtree, High and Low Bitchburn, Thistle Flat, and Hargil Hill. Acreage, 2837; population,2478. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £310 per annum, alternately in the gift of the Bishop of Durham and the Crown. There are three dissenting chapels in the township, also extensive collieries, and bricks of a superior kind aru manufactured here. There is a workman's liall, with library and recreation rooms.

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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