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Sherburn, Durham

Historical Description

Sherburn, a township, with a village, and an ecclesiastical parish in Pittington parish, Durham, with a station, called Sherburn Colliery, on the N.E.R., 2½ miles E of Durham. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office under Durham. The township includes the colliery village of Sherburn Hill. Acreage, 1310; population, 2988; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1397. The township of Sherburn, which includes part of the ecclesiastical parish of Shadforth, has a parish council of eleven members. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are lords of the manor. Coal is extensively worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £255 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church was built in 1872, is in the Early Decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and a tower. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels and a public 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

We have transcribed the entry for Sherburn 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:

CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDH6
Post TownDurham