Place:Durham, Durham, England

Alt namesDurham and Framwelgatesource: alternate name, see below
Dunholmesource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 259
Durham St Nicholas, County Durham
TypeCity, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates54.783°N 1.567°W
Located inDurham, England
See alsoCity of Durham District, Durham, Englandnon-metropolitan district which absorbed Durham in 1974
Contained Places
Church of St Oswald
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in northeast England. The city lies on the River Wear, to the west of Sunderland, south of Newcastle upon Tyne and to the north of Darlington. Founded over the final resting place of St. Cuthbert, its Norman cathedral became a centre of pilgrimage in medieval England. The city of Durham had a population of approximately 50,000 in the UK census of 2011.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Durham, England. Wikipedia has articles on Durham's medieval history, the Prince Bishops, its legal system, the Civil War and Commonwealth (1640 to 1660), and outlines of the city in the 18th and 19th centuries


The municipal borough covering the centre of the city of Durham was formally named Durham and Framwelgate and established by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. In 1974 it was merged with Durham Rural District and Brandon and Byshottles Urban District to form the City of Durham district of County Durham. The district was abolished in 2009 with its responsibilities assumed by Durham County Council, a unitary authority covering the whole of County Durham as it now stands--excluding the area covered by the new county of Tyne and Wear.

Wikipedia has an article on the Framwelgate area of the city of Durham.

The various churches of the City of Durham played a part in the governance of their individual ecclesiastical parishes until the establishment of the municipal borough in 1835. Some parishes were made civil parishes and continued in that role until 1916. The following have been found in A Vision of Britain through Time and English Jurisdictions:

In addition were three specialist places, all of which were civil parishes during the period 1858-1916:

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