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Great Stainton

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"This parish comprises the townships of Elstob and Great Stainton. It is bounded on the north by Sedgefield, on the west by Aycliffe, on the south by Haughton-le-Skerne, on the east by Bishopton and Stillington.

"Elstob Township comprises an area of 733 acres, and its annual value is £216.

"Great Stainton Township contains 1214 acres, and its annual value is £921, 10s."

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



The monumental inscriptions in the churchyard of All Saints Church have been transcribed, indexed and published by the Cleveland Family History Society.



Elstob Township

"The number of inhabitants in 1801 was 37; in 1811, 29; in 1821, 28; in 1831, during the construction of the Clarence Railway, 94; in 1841, that undertaking having been completed, 27; in 1851, 38; in 1861, 30; in 1871, 49; in 1881, 74; and in 17891, 57 souls."

Great Stainton Township

"The population in 1801 was 104; in 1811, 107; in 1821, 126; in 1831, 154; in 1841, 105; in 1851, 117; in 1861, 110; in 1871, 107; in 1881, 98; and in 1891, 88 souls."

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

The 1851 Census Index (booklet 32) published by the Cleveland Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.


Church History

"The Church, dedicated to All Saints, occupying an elevated situation west of the village, was erected in 1876, at a cost of £1800, on the site of the very ancient church. It consists of nave and chancel, with tower and spire, in the Early English style. The internal fittings are of pitch pine, well designed and finished, providing seats for 160. The living is a rectory, valued in the Liber Regis at £12, 13s. 4d. ; gross value, £350. The glebe contains upwards of 47 acres; the tithes are commuted for £270 - £200 fro Great Stainton Township, and £70 for Elstob. The patronage is vested in the crown, Rector, Rev. Henry Morton, B.A."

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


Church Records

"The parish register commences in 1561." [From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]

The Parish Registers for the period 1561-1991 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/GS).

Baptism and/or marriage registers for the period 1561-1812 are indexed in the International Genealogical Index, a copy of which is available at the County Record Office.

Marriages for the period 1561-1812 are indexed in Boyd's Marriage Index.

Marriage indexes for 1561-1837 (12 kbytes) from the George Bell Collection of Durham and Northumberland Indexes.

The Marriages (1561-1837) are included in the Joiner Marriage Index.


Description and Travel

"Elstob is situated to the north of Stainton, about seven miles north-east of Darlington

"The village of Great Stainton or Stainton-le-Street, the latter name being derived from its position on the old Roman road from Pountney's Bridge to Old Durham, is pleasantly situated in a fine country, sloping to the south, about five miles south by west of Sedgefield. There are several traces of foundations, &c., in the neighbouring fields; and a place still bearing the designation of Cross Hill, a little to the north-east, is supposed to be the site of one of those crosses so common in this country in ancient times."

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

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