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Willington, Durham

Historical Description

Willington, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Brancepeth parish, Durham. The village stands on the Durham and Bishop Auckland railway, 5 miles N of Bishop Auckland, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.), and a railway station. The township is governed by a district council, and comprises 1452 acres; population, 5107. Viscount Boyne is lord of the manor and principal landowner. There are extensive collieries and several coke ovens. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1858. Population, 6850. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; net value, £225 with residence. Patron, the Rector of Brancepeth. The church is good, and was enlarged and restored in 1869 and 1873. It consists of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and embattled western tower. There are Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Primitive, and New Connexion Methodist chapels, a colliery literary institute, a church institute, a police station, and a cemetery formed in 1881.

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 parishBrancepeth 
Poor Law unionDurham 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Willington 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:

RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL15
Post TownCrook