Place:Ouston, Durham, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.884°N 1.598°W
Located inDurham, England
See alsoChester le Street, Durham, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Chester Ward, Durham, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Chester le Street Rural, Durham, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Chester le Street District, Durham, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Ouston is a village in County Durham, approximately 5 miles to the southwest of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeast of England. The main village of Ouston (formerly called Ulkerton in earlier medieval times) is adjoined by the 1970s built housing estate known as Urpeth Grange but both are referred to colloquially as Ouston by locals. The population of the parish taken at the 2011 UK census was 2821.

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Ouston was originally a township in the ancient parish of Chester le Street, Durham. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it was part of Chester le Street Rural District. Between 1974 and 2009 it became part of the larger Chester le Street 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 Ouston from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"OUSTON, a township in Chester-le-Street parish, Durham; 1¼ mile S E of the river Team, and 2½ N W of Chester-le-Street. Acres: 636. Population: 320. Houses: 54. There are a large colliery and a Wesleyan chapel."

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