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Winlaton, Durham

Historical Description

Winlaton, a village, a township, and a parish in Durham. The village stands 1 mile SSW of Blaydon railway station; originated in extensive ironworks removed to it in 1690 from Sunderland by Sir A. Crawley; carries on the manufacture of anchors, anvils, chains, spades, shovels, edge-tools, files, and kindred articles; has several collieries and quarries, some extensive fire-brick works, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Blaydon-on-Tyne (R.S.O.) The township extends to the rivers Derwent and Tyne, and comprises 5128 acres of land and 145 of water; population, 10,390; of the ecclesiastical parish, 7151. The parish includes Chopwell township and the hamlets of Barlow and Winlaton Mill, and was part of Ryton parish till 1832. Winlaton Manor is divided among several persons, and Chopwell Manor belongs to the Marquis of Bute. Axwell Park forms a manor in itself, and is the seat of the Clavering family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; net value, £270 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Chester. The church was built in 1828, is in the Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and embattled western tower; it contains several memorial windows. St John's is a chapel of ease at Chopwell; and there is a new church, dedicated to St Patrick, between it and the parish church of Winlaton. There are Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishWinlaton St. Paul 
Poor Law unionGateshead 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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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

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RegionNorth East
Postal districtNE21
Post TownBlaydon-On-Tyne