Medomsley  County Durham


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Medomsley like this:

MEDOMSLEY, a village, a township, and a chapelry, in Lanchester parish, Durham. The village stands on a branch of the Stanhope and Tyne railway, ¾ of a mile ENE of Watling-street, 1¾ E of the river Derwent at the boundary with Northumberland, and 2½ NE of ShotleyBridge; and has a post office under Gateshead. ...

The township comprises 4,823 acres. Real property, £13,014; of which £20 are in quarries, £4,211 in mines, and £3,600 in iron-works. Pop. in 1851,840; in 1861, 1,296. Houses, 259. The property is divided among a few. Medomsley Hall was the birth-place of Dr Hunter, the physician and antiquary. The Scots crossed the Derwent adjacent to Medomsley, in 1644, by "a treebridge.',-.The chapelry is less extensive than the township. Pop., 856. The living is a p. curacy in the dio cese of Durham. Valne, £300.* Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The church is early English; has an E window of three lancet lights; contains, below the altar-steps, two curious sculptured-heads of a king and a bishop; and was recently in very bad condition.

Medomsley through time

Medomsley is now part of Derwentside district. Click here for graphs and data of how Derwentside has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Medomsley itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Medomsley, in Derwentside and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st May 2018

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