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.
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: 27th April 2017
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