Wear Valley  County Durham


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wear Valley like this:

WEARDALE, a district in the W of Durham; containing Stanhope, Edmondbyers, Hunstonworth, and Wolsingham parishes, and divided into three sub-districts. Acres, 90,533. Poor rates in 1863, £4,725. Pop. in 1851, 14,567; in 1861, 16,418. Houses, 3,205. Marriages in 1863, 134; births, 674,-of which 58 were illegitimate; deaths, 328,-of which 122 were at ages under 5 years, and 5 at ages above 85. ...

Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,286; births, 6,097; deaths, 3,235. The places of worship, in 1851, were 10 of the Church of England, with 2,720 sittings; 1 of Baptists, with 199 s.; 12 of Wesleyans, with 3,185 s.; 13 of Primitive Methodists, with 2,525 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 159 s. The schools were 13 public day-schools, with 1,056 scholars; 16 private day-schools, with 611 s.; and 33 Sunday schools, with 2,498 s. The workhouse is in Stanhope.

Wear Valley through time

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wear Valley in County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 29th June 2022

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