Place:Houghton le Side, Durham, England

NameHoughton le Side
Coordinates54.59°N 1.656°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
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Houghton le Side is a very small village and civil parish in the borough of Darlington and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. It is situated a few miles to the southwest of Newton Aycliffe. The population at the 2011 UK census was less than 100. Details are now maintained within the parish of Walworth.

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Houghton le Side was originally a township 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 District. Since 1974 it has been part of the Borough of Darlington (a unitary authority).

A nineteenth century description

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

"HOUGHTON-LE-SIDE, a township in Gainford parish, Durham; on Whinstone dyke, 6 miles NW of Darlington. Acres: 1,060. Real property: £1,223; of which £64 are in quarries. Population: 133. Houses: 28. The township is a meet for the Raby hounds; and it has a national school."

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