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"This chapelry, which possesses no dependent townships, is bounded on the north by Winston parish, on the west by a portion of the chapelry of Barnard Castle, on the south by the river Tees, and on the east by the parish of Winston. It includes the estates of Arlaw Banks, Etherley, Humbleton, Sledwick, Whorley Hill, and a portion of that of Stubb House, the remainder of which extends into the adjoining parish of Winston. The township of Whorlton comprises an area of 1760 acres and its annual value is £2430.

"The village of Whorlton occupies a beautiful situation, about three miles east-south-east from Barnard Castle; the Tees with its overhanging cliffs, thickly fringed with trees, passing near it on the south. On the opposite bank is the village of Wycliffe, and a fine range of country extends in every direction. The Tees is here crossed by a fine iron suspension bridge, which was erected in 1830-31, from designs and under the direction of the late Mr. Green, architect, of Newcastle. The span between the points of suspension is 180 feet."

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



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

David Bailey has created a searchable database of the memorials in the churchyard and is in the process of adding photographs and inscriptions.



"Census populations for Whorlton were:- 1801 - 245; 1811 - 246; 1821 - 300; 1831 - 311; 1841 - 286; 1851 - 296; 1861 - 294; 1871 - 279; 1881 - 241; 1891 - 249."

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

The 1851 Census Index (booklet 74) published by the Cleveland Family History Society may be of value to researchers interested in this parish.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Whorlton area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

"The Chapel, dedicated to St. Mary, was rebuilt in 1853, and is an elegant stone building, in the Decorated style of Gothic architecture. It consists of a nave and chancel; the roof is of oak, open, and stained; the chancel floor is laid with encaustic tiles, by Minton; the seats are oak-stained and varnished, and will accomodate 150 persons. The entrance is by a southern porch, and at the south-west corner an octagonal turret, about fifty feet in height, forms a belfry. The pulpit and font are of stone, and are very neat. The total cost of erection amounted to £600, which was raised by public subscription."

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

There is a picture (10 kbytes) of the parish church of St. Mary, Whorlton; supplied by George Bell.


Church Records

"The register of the Chapel commences in 1626." [From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]

The Parish Registers for the period 1626-1982 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Who).

Index to the Baptisms 1841-1899 (30 kbytes).

Index to the Burials 1841-1899 (21 kbytes).

Marriage indexes for 1714-1837 (7 kbytes) from the George Bell Collection of Durham and Northumberland Indexes.

The Marriages (1714-1837) are included in the Joiner Marriage Index.


Description and Travel

Whorlton Village has now produced a Whorlton (Co Durham) website for the whole village which includes images and description of the village.

You can see pictures of Whorlton which are provided by:



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Whorlton to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Whorlton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.