Place:Hunstanworth, Durham, England

Alt namesHunstonworthsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.833°N 2.067°W
Located inDurham, England
See alsoEdmundbyers, Durham, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Chester Ward, Durham, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Weardale Rural, Durham, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Wear Valley District, Durham, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Hunstanworth is a small village in the west of County Durham, England. It is situated approximately 10 miles to the west of Consett, southwest of the village of Blanchland in Northumberland. The population of the village as taken at the 2011 UK census was 116.

The village was designed and built around the original 1781 parish church. The Reverend Daniel Capper commissioned architect Samuel Sanders Teulon to create the village in the 1860s, and Teulon delivered a vicarage and stable block, school and school-house and a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached houses, all constructed of sandstone.

Hunstanworth was a township in the ancient parish of Edmundbyers. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 until 1912 it was part of Weardale Rural District. Between 1974 and 2009 it became part of the larger Wear Valley non-metropolitan district. Since 2009 County Durham has been a unitary authority.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Hunstanworth from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"HUNSTONWORTH, a parish in Weardale [registration] district, Durham; on the river Derwent, at the boundary with Northumberland, 8 miles NNW of Stanhope [railway] station. Post town, Riding Mill, Northumberland. Acres: 10,380. Real property: £4,390; of which £1,000 are in mines. population in 1851: 615; in 1861: 778. Houses: 131. The increase of population was caused by an influx of lead miners from Wales and Cornwall. The manor belonged to Robert Corbert; was given by him to Kepier hospital; and passed, through several hands, to Messrs. Joicey. A considerable tract is held by the Trustees of the late Bishop Lord Crewe, and was left by him for charitable purposes. Much of the land is moor and mountain. Lead ore is extensively mined; and there are large smelting mills and a huge water wheel. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value: £220.* Patrons: Messrs. Joicey. The church was rebuilt in 1865, at a cost of £2,500; and is in the decorated English style. An arched vault, 45 feet long and 25 wide, probably used as a store for goods and cattle in the time of the Border raids, is in the churchyard. There is a Methodist meeting room."

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