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Shadforth, Durham

Historical Description

Shadforth, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Pittington parish, Durham. The village lies 1½ mile SE of Sherburn station on the old main line of the N.E.R., and 5 miles ESE of Durham. Post and money order office, Sherburn Hill; telegraph office, Sherburn. Acreage of township, 2096; population, 1424. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. The manor of Ludworth belongs to the Carr-Standish family. The rest of the lands were originally Episcopal. The ecclesiastical parish includes also the colliery village of Ludworth, part of Sherburn township, and was constituted in 1841. Population, 3015. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £430 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church was built in 1839, is in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, vestry, S porch, and bell-turret. The nave was restored and the chancel rebuilt in 1891. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and a subscription reading-room at Shadforth, and Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, a subscription reading-room, and a church institute at Ludworth. There are also Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels at Sherburn Hill, and a subscription reading-room.

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 parishPittington 
Poor Law unionDurham 

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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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDH6
Post TownDurham