"The village of Moorsley is situated on an eminence, overlooking the vale of Houghton, about five and a half miles east-nort-east of Durham. Here is a misson chapel belonging to St. Cuthbert's, East Rainton, which will seat about 180, also chapels belonging to the Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists.
"Low Moorsley is another village in this township, about half a mile east of Moorsley.
The village of East Rainton is about five miles north-east of Durham. Middle Rainton is a hamlet in this township, two miles south-west of Houghton-le-Spring, in the parish of West Rainton."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]
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