In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Aycliffe like this:
AYCLIFFE, a village, a township, and a subdistrict in the district of Darlington, and a parish in the districts of Darlington and Stockton, Durham. The village stands adjacent to the river Skerne, ¼ of a mile W of the York and Berwick railway, 5¼ miles N of Darlington. It has a station on the railway, and a post office under Darling ton. It is an ancient place; belonged to the see of Lindisfarne; and was the meeting-place of synods in 782 and 789.-The township bears the name of Great Aycliffe; and comprises 2,134 acres. ...
Real property, £3,131. Pop., 840. Houses, 185. Extensive lime quarries are worked.-The subdistrict includes another township of the same parish, parts of two other parishes, and two entire parishes. Acres, 27,745. Pop., 4,955. Houses, 1,045.The parish includes the townships of Great Aycliffe and Brafferton, in the district of Darlington, and the townships of Preston-le-Skerne and Woodham, in the district of Stockton. Acres, 10,858. Real pro perty, £10,234. Pop., 1,458. Houses, 290. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value, £350* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church is mixedly Norman and pointed; consists of nave, chancel, aisles, and porch, with a western tower 85 feet high; and is in good condition. There are remains of two Saxon crosses in the churchyard. There are chapels for Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists, and charities £8.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Aycliffe has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Sedgefield. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Aycliffe and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Aycliffe, in Sedgefield and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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