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Ryhope, Durham

Historical Description

Ryhope, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Bishop Wearmouth parish, Durham. The village stands on the coast, 2¼ miles S by E of Sunderland; was anciently called Refhope; is a sea-bathing resort; has stations on the N.E.R. and the Seaham and Sunderland railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Sunderland. The township is partly in the county borough of Sunderland, contains also the village of Ryhope Colliery, about a mile to the W, and comprises 1583 acres of land and 180 of water; population, 7541. The manor belongs to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. There are extensive colliery works. A dene 2 miles long, traversed by a rushing stream, goes down to the village. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1854, and includes the township of Burdon. Population, 7666. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £300. Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The church, built in 1870, consists of chancel, nave, S aisle, S transept, and a tower, and contains several memorial windows. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels, a place of worship for Christian Lay Brethren, and Salvation Army barracks; also a bank, a miners' hall, and a police station.

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 parishBishopwearmouth 
Poor Law unionSunderland 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ryhope 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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RegionNorth East
Postal districtSR2
Post TownSunderland