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"This parish formerly embraced the townships of Beamish and Lintz Green, with the villages and hamlets of Tanfield, Shield Row, Stanley, Tantobie, Whit-le-Head, Burnopfield, Lintz Ford, and Hill Top. A considerable portion of this extensive parish has been used in the formation of new parishes, the last being the parish of Beamish, which takes a large portion from the south-eastern side of the old parish. Its area is now 2250 acres, and in 1891 it comprised 3073 people.

"Tanfield Township is very extensive, the townships of Beamish and Lintz Green having been merged into it, their population and area are now given with this township. It area is 7072 acres, and the ratable value amounts to £39,760.

"Tanfield is an ancient village, situated within the manor of Beamish, nine miles south-west from Newcastle and six north from Lanchester, the nearest station being Rowlands Gill, over two miles and a half to the north-west. There is an annual Floral and Horticultural show held here."

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



"In 1801 the population numbered 2228; in 1811, 1810; in 1821, 2357; in 1831, 2498; in 1841, 2671; in 1851, 3480; in 1861, 4593; in 1871, 7283; in 1881, 9695; and in 1891, 12,016."

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


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Church History

"The Church is a picturesque stone building, dedicated to St. Margaret and occupies a pleasant situation east of the village. It is of very ancient foundation, being one of the early chapelries of Chester-le-Street. The church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1749, and has since been several times restored and improved, so that of the original chapel there remain only portions of the chancel and the north wall."

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

There is a picture (21 kbytes) of the parish church of St. Margaret of Antioch, Tanfield; supplied by George Bell.


Church Records

"The parish register has been lost or destroyed up to 1719." [From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]

The Parish Registers for the period 1719-1959 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Ta).

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

The following records for churches in the ancient parish of Tanfield are also available at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL:-

  • Beamish 1876-1978 (EP/Bea).
  • Burnopfield 1873-1974 (EP/Bur).
  • Dipton 1884-1979 (EP/Dip).
  • Rowlands Gill 1904-1976 (EP/RG).
  • Stanley see Beamish (above).

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Historical Geography

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