Pittington  County Durham


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Pittington like this:

PITTINGTON, a village, a township, and a parish, in the district and county of Durham. The village stands on Pidding brook, near an intersection of railways, 3½ miles N E of Durham; was anciently called Pidding-dune, from its situation on Pidding brook; and has a post-office under Durham, and a railway station. ...

The township comprises 2, 552 acres. Real property, £8, 623; of which £3, 500 are in mines, £28 in quarries, and £718 in railway s. Pop. in 1851, 2, 530; in 1861, 2, 155. Houses, 449. The parish contains also the townships of Sherburn and Shad forth, and comprises 6, 727acres. Real property, £32, 543; of which £19, 847 are in mines, and £909 in railway s. Pop. in 1851, 6, 241; in 1861, 5, 699. Houses, 1, 176. The property is much subdivided. A mansion of the Priors of Durham stood to the S of the church; was built in 1524-8; and wasdismantled in the time of Elizabeth. Coal is very largelyworked, and limestone is quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value, £620.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The churchstands at Hall-Garth; is mainly Norman, with an early English tower; has pillars with spiral and fluted mouldings, and some twisted; was restored in 1855; and contains an effigies of a knight, and a dos-d'âne tomb. The rectory of Shad forth is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a literary institute, and an endowed national school.

Pittington through time

Pittington is now part of Durham district. Click here for graphs and data of how Durham has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Pittington itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pittington, in Durham and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th June 2024

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