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Great Lumley

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"This parish was formed in 1862 from that of Chester-le-Street, and comprises the townships of Great and Little Lumley.

"Lumley (Great) Township comprises, with Lumley (Little), an area of 2410 acres, and it ratable value is £5100, 19s. 10d. The village of Great Lumley is about two miles south-east of Chester-le-Street."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]



"The number of inhabitants in 1801 was 696; in 1811, 693; in 1821, in consequence of the flourishing state of the collieries, it had increased to 1240; in 1831, to 2301; in 1841, some of the collieries having ceased working, the population had decreased to 1796; in 1851, to 1730; in 1861, 1555; in 1871, 1819; in 1881, 1830; and in 1891, 1927."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]


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Church History

"Christ Church is a neat stone edifice in the Early English style, pleasantly situated at the east end of the village, and consists of nave chancel and north porch, with square tower surmounted by by an hexagonal spire at the west end. The church will seat about 300 persons; the living is a vicarage."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]


Church Records

The Parish Registers for the period 1858-1987 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Lu).

Great Lumley Church - Rolls of Honour

Notebook of Richard Nelson, First Sexton of Great Lumley Parish Church Notebook

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Historical Geography

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Military Records

Rolls of Honour - Great Lumley Church