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Witton le Wear, Durham

Historical Description

Witton-le-Wear, a village and a parish in Durham, on the river Wear, 4½ miles WNW of Bishop Auckland, with a post, money order, and telegraph office under Darlington, and a station on the N.E.R. Acreage, 3189; population of the civil parish, 2626; of the ecclesiastical, 2601. The manor belongs to the Chaytor family. Witton Castle is the seat of the Chaytors, and includes portions of an old castle of the Eures built in 1410, and eventually destroyed by fire. Fire-bricks, sanitary pipes, and ware are manufactured here. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; net value, £325 with residence. The church is ancient, and consists of chancel, nave, N aisle, and bell-cote. There are 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 parishWitton-Le-Wear St. Philip and St. James 
Poor Law unionAuckland 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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