Place:Brancepeth, Durham, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates54.733°N 1.65°W
Located inDurham, England
See alsoDarlington Ward, Durham, Englandancient county division in which it was located until 1829
Darlington Ward, Durham, Englandancient county division in which it was located after 1829
Durham Rural, Durham, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
City of Durham 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

Brancepeth is a village and civil parish in County Durham, England. It is situated about 8 km (5.0 mi) from Durham on the A690 road between Durham and Weardale. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 UK census was 414.

Brancepeth Castle was until 1570 the fortress of the Neville Earls of Westmorland. The castle was extensively modified and rebuilt in the 19th century by Viscount Boyne (later Baron Brancepeth). It was later a military hospital.

Brancepeth was an ancient parish in the Darlington Ward of County Durham until 1829 and after 1829 in the Durham Ward. It was made a civil parish in the 19th century and became part of the Durham Rural District from 1894 until 1974. Between 1974 and 2009 it became part of the larger City of Durham non-metropolitan district. Since 2009 County Durham has been a unitary authority.

Townships in Parish

A nineteenth century description

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

"BRANCEPETH, a township in Durham district, and a parish in Durham and Auckland districts, Durham. The township lies on the river Wear and on the Durham and Bishop-Auckland railway, 4 miles SW of Durham; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Durham. Acres: 4,515. Real property: £7,180; of which £3,597 are in mines. Population: 1,496. Houses: 266.
"The parish contains also the townships of Stockley, Willington, Brandon and Byshottles, Tudhoe, HedleyHope, Hemlington-Row, and Crook and Billy Row. Acres, 22,525. Real property, with Cornsay township: £75,151; of which £42,784 are in mines. Population: 15,712. Houses: 2,893. The property is not much divided.
"Brancepeth Castle was erected, in the reign of Stephen, by the family of Bulmer; passed to the Nevills and the Russells; and belongs now, in right of his wife, to Viscount Boyne. It was rebuilt in 1821; but retains much of its prior appearance; and is a massive and splendid edifice. A suite of rich armour, said to have been taken from David Bruce of Scotland at Nevill's Cross, is in the entrance hall; and a fine collection of antiquities and paintings is in the rooms. The grounds and the adjacent country are picturesque. Coal beds and sulphur springs occur; and coal and stone are worked. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Durham. Value: £811. Patron: R. E. D. Shafto, Esq. The church is ancient and cruciform; has an early English tower and later English chancel and clerestory; and contains ancient stall-work and chancel-screen, an ancient carved chest, and a fine canopied font. The rectories of Willington and Crook, and the vicarage of Tudhoe, are separate benefices. There are three dissenting chapels, a [Roman] Catholic Gothic one, and charities £42.

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