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East Rainton

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"This parish, which comprises the township of Moorsley and the greater part of the township of East Rainton, was formed from the parish of West Rainton in 1866. Its area is 1580 acres; the population in 1891 was 2500.

"Moorsley Township contains 603 acres, and its ratable value is £3827. Rainton (East) Township comprises an area of 1091 acres, and its ratable value is £6297."

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

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Census

Moorsley Township

"The population in 1801 was 36; in 1811, 43; in 1821, 48; in 1831, in consequence of the extension of the collieries, 748; in 1841, 821; in 1851, 942; in 1861, 973; in 1871, 1025; in 1881, 1078; and in 1891, 1108 souls."

Rainton (East) Township

"The population in 1801 was 294; in 1811, 455; in 1821, 671; in 1831, in consequence of the extension of the coal-mines it had increased to 1600; in 1841 it was 1414; in 1851, 1695; in 1861, 1505; in 1871, 1611; in 1881, 1680; and in 1891, 1510 souls."

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

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Church History

"The Church, dedicated to St. Cuthbert, is a small stone building in the Early English style, erected in 1866, consisting of nave and chancel with south porch, and will accommodate 150 people. There is a burial-ground attached. The living is a vicarage in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Durham, gross value £300; Rev. John Croisdale, M.A., vicar."

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

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Church Records

The Parish Registers for the period 1866-1972 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/ER).

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Description and Travel

"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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