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Sherburn House or Sherburn Hospital, Durham

Historical Description

Sherburn House or Sherburn Hospital, ecclesiastically extra-parochial, a township in Durham, with a station on the N.E.R., 3 miles ESE of Durham. Post town, Durham; money order and telegraph office, Sherburn. Acreage, 740; population, 217. A magnificent lepers' hospital was founded here in 1181 by Bishop Pudsey, was almost entirely destroyed in 1300by the Scots, was reconstructed as almshouses by Bishop Langley in 1429, was rebuilt in 1759 and enlarged in 1819, and serves for a master, fifteen resident almsmen, and fifteen out-pensioners who receive eight shillings per week. The chapel was destroyed by fire in 1864, but was carefully restored, and consists of chancel, nave, and tower. There isa dispensary attached to the hospital. The income from the charity is about £8000 per annum.

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 
Poor Law unionDurham 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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