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Piercebridge, Durham

Historical Description

Piercebridge, a township in Gainford parish, Durham, on the river Tees at the boundary with Yorkshire, 5½ miles W by N of Darlington, and 238 from London. It occupies the site of the Roman station Magse or Magis, on Watling Street, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Darlington, and a station on the N.E.R. A small square camp is on the N side of the river, and a tumulus is on the S side. The township comprises 973 acres; population, 219. Lord Barnard is lord of the manor. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a chapel of ease.

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 parishGainford 
Poor Law unionDarlington 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Piercebridge from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for County Durham is available to browse.


Online maps of Piercebridge are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL2
Post TownDarlington