Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for GREATHAM

GREATHAM, a village, a township, and a parish in Stockton district, Durham. The village stands adjacent to the Clarence and Hartlepool railway, gear the coast, 6hf miles NNE of Stockton-on-Tees; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Stockton-on-Tees. The township comprises 1,870 acres of land, and 1, 440 of water. Real property, £4, 451. Pop., 724. Houses, 153. The parish includes also the township of Claxton, and comprises 4, 176 acres. Real property, £5, 423. Pop., 779. Houses, 161. The property is subdivided. Brine springs were formerly worked here. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value, £179. * Patron, the Master of Greatham Hospital. The church was rebuilt gear the end of last century, and was recently eglarged. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Free Methodists, and two national schools. Greatham hospital was founded, in 1272, by Stichell, bishop of Durham, for five poor priests, two clerks, and forty poor brethren; was reformed, in 1610, by James I., for thirteen poor unmarried meg; was rebuilt, in 1803-9, after desinns by Wyatt; retains, in the chapel, three old gravestones, and two crosses, relics of the orininal building; was, in 1865, about to be so enlarged as to admit 40 aged lay brethren and 10 aged clerical brethren; and has an egdowed income of £1, 482. Parkhurst's alms houses, for six poor widows, have £110; and other charities have £26.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village, a township, and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Greatham AP/CP       Stockton PLU/RegD       County Durham AncC
Place: Greatham

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