In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Castle Eden like this:
CASTLE-EDEN, a rivulet, two villages, and a parish in Easington district, Durham. The rivulet traverses a romantic dell, called Castle-Eden dean; and goes eastward to the sea. The villages are Castle-Eden and CastleEden-Colliery; they stand near the Hartlepool and Ferryhill railway, 7½ and 6¾ miles NW by W of Hartlepool; and they have stations on the railway, and post offices under Ferryhill. There is also a post office‡ of CastleEden Station under Ferryhill. The parish comprises 1,935 acres. ...
Real property, £4,942; of which, £1,500 are in mines. Pop., 535. Houses, 110. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged anciently to Gisborne priory and the see of Durham. Castle-Eden Hall, the seat of R. Burdon, Esq., is a handsome modern castellated edifice, surmounting a wooded precipice contiguous to Castle-Eden dean, and commanding brilliant views. Coal is extensively worked, and there are brickworks and a brewery. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £242.* Patron, R. Burdon, Esq. The church was built in 1764, and has a fine spire. The vicarage of Wingate-Grange is a separate benefice. There are Wesleyan and P. Methodist chapels.
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 Castle Eden has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Easington. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Castle Eden and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Castle Eden, in Easington and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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