"There were two collieries in the parish, one in the township of Shincliffe and one at Old Durham, which are now "laid in." The Shincliffe Town Station, which is the terminus of the line from Sunderland, was closed when that line was run into Durham from Sherburn House; the other is Shincliffe York British or Bank Top Station, on the Ferryhill and Leamside line. An extension of the Sunderland and Shincliffe line is to take place from Sherburn House Station to Durham, thus completing the route to Sundelrand.
"The village of Shincliffe is situated onnthe south side of the Wear, one mile and a half from Durham, and is sheltered on three sides by the rising grounds which skirt the river valley.
"Bank Top or High Shincliffe is a somewhat deserted village, owing to the closing of the colliery in 1875. The two chapels, Primitive Methodist and New Connection, and many of the houses are disused, the houses falling to ruins. This village is well situated on the hill one mile south-east of Shincliffe."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]
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