"This parish was formerly bounded on the north by Houghton-le-Spring, on the west by the parishes of St. Oswald and St. Giles in the suburbs of Durham, on the south by Kelloe, and on the east by Easington. It included the three constableries of Pittington, Elemore, and Hetton-on-the-Hill; Shadforth and Ludworth, and Sherburn. By an Order in Council, bearing date May 8, 1841, it was ordered that the parish of Pittington be for the future divided into two separate parishes for ecclesiastical purposes; the one part, containing the township of Pittington and the north-western portion of the township of Sherburn, to remain attached to the old church; the other part, comprising the remaining portion of the township of Sherburn, and the whole of Shadforth township, to be assigned to the new church of Shadforth, and to be called "St. Cuthbert's District," Shadforth. Since this there have been three others formed wholly or in part out of this parish, namely Sherburn, Belmont, and Lyons (or Easington Lane). The latter two comprise only portions of the parish of Pittington. It is now bounded on the north-east by Rainton and Belmont, south-east by Easington and Shadforth, and Sherburn on the south and west.
"The township of Pittington comprises an area of 2494 acres, and its annual value is £12,113, 3s. 4d."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]