Place:Pollards Lands, Durham, England

NamePollards Lands
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates54.667°N 1.655°W
Located inDurham, England     ( - 1937)
See alsoAuckland St. Andrew, Durham, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Darlington Ward, Durham, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Auckland Rural, Durham, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Bishop Auckland, Durham, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1937
Wear Valley District, Durham, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"POLLARDS-LANDS, a township in Auckland, St. Andrew parish, Durham; near Bishop-Auckland. Acres: 458. Real property: £2,264; of which £700 are in mines. Population in 1851: 212; in 1861: 355. Houses: 74. The property belonged formerly to the Pollard family."

Pollards Lands was originally a township in the ancient parish of Auckland St. Andrew in County Durham. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it was part of Auckland Rural District. In 1937 it was abolished and absorbed into Bishop Auckland with a small area going to Etherley. Between 1974 and 2009 it became part of the larger Wear Valley non-metropolitan district. Since 2009 County Durham has been a unitary authority.

For a short time (1886-1894) before the launch of urban and rural districts, Pollards Lands was merged with Bishop Auckland as a civil parish called Bishop Auckland and Pollards Lands. They were separated again when the more rural section could be associated with other similar places within Auckland Rural District.

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