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Pelton, Durham

Historical Description

Pelton, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Chester-le-Street parish, Durham. The village stands 7 miles N of Durham, 8 S of Newcastle, and 2¼ NW of Chester-le-Street station on the N.E.R., and has a station on the Annfield Plain branch of the N.E.R., three-quarters of a mile from the village, and near to the colliery village of Pelton Fell. There is a post and money order office under Chester-le-Street; telegraph office, Pelton Fell. The township comprises 1078 acres; population, 4296. There is a parish council consisting of fifteen members. The ecclesiastical parish is more extensive than the township, comprising part of the townships of Chester-le-Street, Pelton, Urpeth, and the whole of the township of Ouston; was constituted in 1842, and has a population of 6034. The chief employment of the inhabitants is in coal mines, of which there are many in the neighbourhood. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £244 with residence. Patron, the Rector of Chester-le-Street. The church was built in 1842, is in. The Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave, and turret. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

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

We have transcribed the entry for Pelton 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

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering county Durham online:

RegionNorth East
Postal districtDH2
Post TownChester Le Street