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Spennymoor, Durham

Historical Description

Spennymoor, a market-town and an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1875 from Whitworth parish, Durham, with a station on a branch of the N.E.R., 4 miles NE of Bishop Auckland,and 6 S from Durham. The town has a post, money order, and telegraph office, a church, and Baptist, Wesleyan, Free, Primitive, and Welsh Calvinistic Methodist chapels. There are also a town-hall, a theatre, baths, a market-hall, a Freemasons' hall, two banks, a police station, and the Victoria Park of 10 acres, opened to the public in 1889. The town is governed by an urban district council consisting of twenty-one members, nine being returned by Spennymoor, nine by Tudhoe, and three by Menington Lane. A weekly market is held on Saturdays. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £294 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church, erected in 1857 and enlarged in 1870, is in the Gothic style, and consists of nave, chancel, aisles, S porch, and a western tower, which was erected in 1891 to the memory of Mr Robert Duncombe Shafto, and has a peal of eight bells. The church contains several memorial windows.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Spennymoor 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:

CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL16