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Westgate, Durham

Historical Description

Westgate, a village and an ecclesiastical parish in Stanhope parish, Durham, on the river Wear, with a station on the Wear Valley Extension railway, and 6 miles from Stanhope. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1867, and has a post and money order office under Darlington; telegraph office, St John's Chapel. Population, 820. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £325 with residence. Patron, the Bishop. The church is in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and a western tower with spire. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels. Fairs are held on the last Thursday in Feb. and the Thursday before the last Wednesday in Oct., and there is a limestone quarry. At Brotherlee, a hamlet in this parish, is a small Primitive Methodist chapel.

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.


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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 districtDL13
Post TownBishop Auckland