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Wolsingham, Durham

Historical Description

Wolsingham, a small town and a parish in Durham. The town stands on the river Wear, which is here crossed by a fine iron bridge built in 1893, 10 miles NW of Bishop Auckland, is a seat of petty sessions and county courts, carries on the manufacture of woollen cloth, and does mucli business in connection with neighbouring coal, iron, lead, and limestone works. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Darlington, a station on the N.E.R., a police station, a town-hall, a mechanics' institute, a library, a church rebuilt in 1848, Roman Catholic, Particular Baptist, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels, an endowed grammar school, and eight annual fairs. There is a large steel work outside the town. Acreage of the civil parish, 24,378; population, 7533; of the ecclesiastical, 2600. There is a parish council consisting of eleven members. The parish includes Towlaw, Thornley, and part of Frosterley. The manor belongs to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. A moated seat of the bishops was in Wascrow Park. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham; net value, £689 with residence Patron, the Bishop of Chester.

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 parishWolsingham St. Matthew 
Poor Law unionWeardale 

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 districtDL13
Post TownBishop Auckland