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Seaton Carew, Durham

Historical Description

Seaton Carew, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Stranton parish, and within the borough of West Hartlepool, Durham. The village stands on the coast, 2 miles S by E of West Hartlepool, is a sea-bathing resort, with firm level sands 5 miles long, commands fine views to Hartlepool and nearly to Whitby, surrounds three sides of a green, with the fourth side open to the sea, includes to the S a long line of houses facing the sea, has a station on the N.E.R., and a head post office. The township comprises 2655 acres of land, and 1386 of water and foreshore; population, 2388; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1440. Vestiges of Roman buildings are occasionally found in the sands. Eemains of fortifications built in 1667 to defend the mouth of the Tees, are on the small promontory of Seaton Snook, 1½ mile SSE of the village. There are a temperance hall, good golf links, a club house enlarged in 1893, and a lifeboat station. Salmon fishing is largely carried on, and there is a brewery. The Seaton Carew Ironworks are situated in the township. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £145 with residence. The church was built in 1831, is in the Early English style, consists of chancel, nave, and embattled western tower with pinnacles, and was restored in 1891. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a Friends' meeting-house.

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 parishStranton 
Poor Law unionStockton 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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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 districtTS25
Post TownHartlepool