Hetton  County Durham


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

HETTON-LE-HOLE, a village, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district in Houghton-le-Spring district, Durham. The village stands 6 miles NE of Durham; is a polling place for the N division of the county; and has a post office under Fence Houses.-The township. comprises 1, 739 acres. Real property, £30, 478; of which £24, 700 are in mines, and £652 in railways. ...

Pop. in 1851, 5, 664; in 1861, 6, 419. Houses, 1, 31 8. Hetton Hall belongs to the Hon. Mrs. R. Barrington, and is occupied by N. Wood, Esq. Hetton collieries, belonging to the Hetton coal company, were opened in 1822; lie beneath strata of magnesian limestone 38 yards thick; and, though undertaken in defiance of sinister prognostication by some geologists, have proved a very great success. Nearly 200 additional colliers' cottages were built in 1864-5. The Hetton railway, consisting of a series of inclined planes, and worked partly by stationary engines, partly by locomotive ones, was constructed for conveying coals hence to the river Wear, and was one of the earliest railways executed on plans superior to the old tram ways. It is now connected with the Hartlepool and Sunderland line at Shincliffe; and has, in Hetton township, a terminal station of the name of Hetton.—The chapelry is conterminate with the township; was constituted in 1832, and made ecclesiastically parochial in 1847; and is, as to civil matters, in the parish of Houghton-le-Spring. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value, £280. * Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The church was built in 1832, and has a bell turret. There are chapels for Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and New Connexion Methodists, a national school, a colliery school, and three reading rooms and libraries.—The sub-district contains also six other townships of Houghton-le-Spring parish. Acres, 6, 482. Pop., 10, 535. Houses, 2, 183.

Hetton through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 28th May 2022

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