In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described East Rainton like this:
RAINTON (East), a township and a chapelry in Houghton-le-Spring parish, Durhamshire. The township lies 2 miles N E of Leamside-Junction r. station, and 5 N E by N of Durham. Post-town, Fence-Houses. Acres, 1,065. Real property, £5, 870; of which £829are in railway s. Pop. in 1851, 1, 695; in 1861, 1, 505. ...
Houses, 339. Most of the inhabitants are miners. The chapelry comprises part of E. R. township and all Moors-ley. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value, £300. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church was built in 1866; is in the early decorated English style; and has a bell-turret. There is a Wesleyan chapel.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Rainton, in Sunderland and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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