Binchester  County Durham


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

BINCHESTER, a township in St. Andrew-Auckland parish, Durham: on the river Wear, adjacent to the Weardale railway, 2 miles N by E of Bishop-Auckland. Acres, 500. Real property, with Newfield, £3,473,-of which £2,294 are in mines. Pop., 33. Houses, 5. The manor has belonged to the Wren family since the time of James I and their mansion on it, a venerable building with wings, appears to have been built about the beginning of that King's reign. ...

A spot on the brow of an eminence, commanding an extensive view, and now enclosed and cultivated, was the Roman station Binovium or Vinovium, and has yielded a great variety of Roman relics. The extent of the station was probably about 30 acres. The Roman Watling-street passed either through it, or close on its western side.

Binchester through time

Binchester is now part of Wear Valley district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wear Valley has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Binchester itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 24th October 2020

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