Place:Denton, Durham, England

TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates54.562°N 1.668°W
Located inDurham, England
See alsoGainford, Durham, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Darlington Ward, Durham, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Darlington Rural, Durham, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Darlington District, Durham, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Denton is a village in the Borough of Darlington and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. The population of Denton taken at the 2011 Census was less than 100. Details are maintained in the parish of Gainford. Denton is situated a short distance to the northwest of Darlington between Walworth to the east and Summerhouse to the west. Houghton le Side lies to the north and Piercebridge to the south.

The village is home to approximately 18 houses, new and old, all surrounding Denton Hall Farm and contained within the vast Raby Estate. Denton Hall Farm is a mixed farm of arable and livestock. Horse racing / training is a large part of village life.

Denton was originally a chapelry in the ancient parish of Gainford in County Durham. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it was part of Darlington Rural Rural District. Between 1974 and 2009 it became part of the larger Borough of Darlington 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 Denton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"DENTON, a chapelry in Gainford parish, Durham; on a branch of the river Skerne, 1½ mile N of Pierce-Bridge [railway] station, and 5½ NW by W of Darlington. Post town: Pier-Bridge [Piercebridge}, under Darlington. Acres: 966. Real property: £1, 566. Population: 111. Houses: 23. The property is divided among a few. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value: £60. Patron: the Vicar of Gainford. The church is good."

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