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Sockburn, Durham

Historical Description

Sockburn, a township in Durham, and a parish partly also in the N.R. Yorkshire. The township lies within a fold of the river Tees, 3 miles ENE of Dalton Junction railway station, and 6½ SE by S of Darlington, and is celebrated in the legendary ballad of " Sockbnrn Worm." Post town, Darlington; money order and telegraph office, Croft. Acreage, 652 of land and 58 of water; population, 44: of the ecclesiastical parish, 225. The parish includes the townships of Girsby and Over Dinsdale. The manor belonged to the Conyers family, and passed to the Blacketts. The living ia a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £223. Patron, Sherburn Hospital. The old church is a ruin. A new church was built about 1845 on a different site.

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 CountyYorkshire 
Ecclesiastical parishSockburn All Saints 
Poor Law unionDarlington 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sockburn from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for County Durham is available to browse.


Online maps of Sockburn are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering county Durham online:

RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL2
Post TownDarlington