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Elwick Hall

"This parish, which comprises no dependent townships, is bounded on the north by Monk Hesledon and Hart, on the west by Sedgefield, on the south by the chapelry of Wolviston and Grindon, and on the east by Hart and Greatham. It includes the manors, granges, or farmholds of Amerston, Newton Hansard, Bruntoft, Close, Stotfold and Poplar Row. The area of the parish is 4321 acres, and it was assessed to the County rate at £2779.

"The land is principally held by freehold tenure, and the manorial rights are vested in the different proprietors. Hutchinson, writing of this parish 110 years ago, says, "In this parish there is neither town nor village, cottage house for the poor, surgeon or apothecary, midwife, blacksmith, joiner, house-carpenter, mason, bricklayer, cart- or wheelwright, weaver, butcher, shoemaker, tailor or barber, schoolmaster or schoolmistress, alehouse, public bakehouse, grocer, or chandler's shop, or a corn mill." By adding a school and two cottages, a blacksmith's and a joiner's shop, to the above description, we have the parish as it was in the year 1892."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]


"It contained, in 1801, 129 inhabitants; in 1811, 129; in 1821, 176; in 1831, 169; in 1841, 165; in 1851, 187; in 1861, 206; in 1871, 217; in 1881, 166; and in 1891, 178 souls."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]

The 1851 Census Index (booklet 22) published by the Cleveland Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.

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Church History

"The Church is dedicated to St. Paul, and is an interesting structure, chiefly of the Transitional period. It is situated on the brink of a deep lane, through which a small brook flows, dividing this parish from the village and township of Elwick in the parish of Hart. It consists of nave, aisles, chancel and low square tower; the latter is on the south side of thje church, and beneath it is the main entrance.

"The living is a rectory, valued in the Liber Regis at £20, 18s. 1 1/2 d.; present income, £440. The glebe consists of over 400 acres, and the rector is entitled to tithes from all the farms in the parish. The present rector is the Rev. George Warthington Reynolds, M.A., and the patronage is with the Bishop of Manchester."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]

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Church Records

"The register commences in 1592." [From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]

The Parish Registers for the period 1592-1987 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Elw).

Marriage indexes for 1592-1837 (13 kbytes) from the George Bell Collection of Durham and Northumberland Indexes.

The Marriages (1592-1837) are included in the Joiner Marriage Index.

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