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Witton Gilbert, Durham

Historical Description

Witton Gilbert, a village and a parish in Durham. The village stands 3½ miles NW by W of Durham, took the latter part of its name from Gilbert de la Ley, the owner of the manor in the time of Bishop Pudsey, or from Gilbert de Latona, who is the first styled Dominus de Wittona, has a station on the N.E.R., and a post and money order office under Durham; telegraph office, Sacriston. The parish includes Findon Hill and Fulforth hamlets, and comprises 3251 acres; population of the civil parish, 4215; of the ecclesiastical, 2602. There is a parish council, and the village is lighted by electricity. A lepers' hospital was founded here by Gilbert de la Ley. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £285 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church was rebuilt in 1863, and is in the Early English style. There are a reading-room and institute, and a Methodist New Connexion chapel.

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 parishWitton-Gilbert St. Michael 
Poor Law unionChester-le-Street 

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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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDH7
Post TownDurham