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Ravensworth, Durham

Historical Description

Ravensworth, a village in Lamesley chapelry, Chester-le-Street parish, Durham, on the river Team, opposite Gateshead Fell, 4 miles SW by S of Gateshead station on The N.E.R. The manor belonged to the Lumleys, passed through the Gascoignes and others to the Liddels, and gave them in 1727 the title of Baron. Ravensworth Castle, the seat of the Earl of Ravensworth, was rebuilt in 1808 after designs by Nash; retains two towers of the previous edifice; is in a mixed style of Gothic and Tudor architecture; includes a hall 100 feet long, 35 wide, and 50 high; and contains some Flemish tapestry, many fine old cabinets, and some good paintings by old masters. The shaft of an ancient cross is on the lawn near the castle.

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 Ravensworth 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:

CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtDL11
Post TownRichmond