|Located in||Durham, England|
|See also||Darlington Ward, Durham, England||ancient county division in which it was located|
|Brafferton, Durham, England||civil parish which absorbed part of Aycliffe in the 19th century|
|Great Aycliffe, Durham, England||civil parish which absorbed part of Aycliffe in the 19th century|
|Preston le Skerne, Durham, England||civil parish which absorbed part of Aycliffe in the 19th century|
|Woodham, Durham, England||civil parish which absorbed part of Aycliffe in the 19th century|
- source: Family History Library Catalog
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Aycliffe from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "AYCLIFFE, a village, a township, and a [registration] subdistrict in the [registration] district of Darlington, and a parish in the [registration] districts of Darlington and Stockton, Durham. The village stands adjacent to the river Skerne, ¼ of a mile W of the York and Berwick railway, 5¼ miles N of Darlington. It has a station on the railway, and a post office under Darlington. It is an ancient place; belonged to the see of Lindisfarne; and was the meeting-place of synods in 782 and 789.
- "The township bears the name of Great Aycliffe; and comprises 2,134 acres. Real property: £3,131. Population: 840. Houses: 185. Extensive lime quarries are worked.
- "The parish includes the townships of Great Aycliffe and Brafferton, in the district of Darlington, and the townships of Preston-le-Skerne and Woodham, in the district of Stockton. Acres: 10,858. Real property: £10,234. Population: 1,458. Houses: 290. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £350. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The church is mixedly Norman and pointed; consists of nave, chancel, aisles, and porch, with a western tower 85 feet high; and is in good condition. There are remains of two Saxon crosses in the churchyard. There are chapels for Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists, and charities £8."
Aycliffe was an ancient parish in the Darlington Ward of County Durham. It included the following townships, all of which became independent civil parishes during the 19th century.
Aycliffe was also the name used for a new town which existed from 1947 to 1988 which was better known as Newton Aycliffe. The main village in the new town is now called Great Aycliffe.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Newton Aycliffe. This is a history of the ancient parish as well as an outline of the 20th century settlement. It also has a description of the civil parish of Woodham.
Aycliffe is part of the name of three places in County Durham, England:
Newton Aycliffe, the oldest new town in the north of England
Aycliffe Village, a village south of Newton Aycliffe
School Aycliffe, a village west of Newton Aycliffe and east of Heighington
Categories: Durham, England | Aycliffe, Durham, England | Darlington Ward, Durham, England | Brafferton, Durham, England | Great Aycliffe, Durham, England | Preston le Skerne, Durham, England | Woodham, Durham, England