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Durham St Oswald Shincliffe

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"Shincliffe and Old Durham formerly part of St. Oswald's parish, Durham, were constituted a separate and distinct parish in accordance with the provisions of the act 58th George III., chap. 45; and it is bounded in the north by St. Oswald's, on the east by cassop-cum-Quarrington, south by Croxdale and Cornforth, and on the west by Croxdale and the Wear. It comprises the village of Shincliffe, and Shincliffe Bank Top, with a population of 600. The population has greatly decreased, owing to the coal-mining operation having ceased in this parish. "The township of Shincliffe comprises an area of 1212 acres, and its annual value is £6764, 16s." [From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]



"The number of inhabitants in 1801 was 244; in 1811, 282; in 1821, 367; in 1831, 1302; in 1841, 1137; in 1851, 1175; in 1871, 2123; in 1881, 969; and in 1891, 640 souls."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]

Church History

"The Church, which is an unpretending structure in the Early English style, dedicated to St. Mary, was consecrated by the bishop of the diocese on August 5, 1851. It was erected at a cost of £1600, and consists of nave, chancel, and north aisle, with a tower and spire at the west end containing three bells.The benefice is a rectory in the deanery of Chester, and in th epatronage of the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The original endowment was £5 per annum, augmented with a money payment in lieu of the small tithes of the parish; and to which additions have been made from time to time through the kindness of the patrons. Incumbent, Rev. George Robert Bulman, M.A. The living is a rectory, valued at £300 per annum."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]

Church Records

The Parish Registers for the period 1826-1991 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Shi).

The Marriages (1813-1837) are included in the Joiner Marriage Index


Description and Travel

"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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