"Elvet Township, Borough, and Barony is the most extensive of the townships (in Durham), comprising the south-eastern suburbs of Durham, the race-course, St. Oswald's Church, the new railway station for Sunderland, county gaol, and Old and New Elvet. Its area prior to 1886 was 3800 acres. In that year Finchale Abbey farm of 250 acres was severed from it and transferred to Framwellgate township, leaving an area of 3550 acres, with a ratable value of £23,658 in 1892."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]
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