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Bolam Civil Parish

About the Parish


Bolam Civil Parish in the south of County Durham, located about 6 miles north-west of Darlington and 3 miles south of Bishop Auckland. The population data from the 2011 Census (below) also includes number for the smaller parishes of Hilton and Morton Tinmouth. Because of the relatively small population, Bolam holds a parish meeting in which all electors are able to attend, rather than having a parish council.

Main Settlements: Bolam (village)

209  (2011 Census)

179  (2001 Census)

Area: 13.2 km²
Parish Council: Annual Parish Meeting
Unitary Authority: Durham County Council


Ancient Township:

Bolam Township

Townships became civil parishes in their own right in 1866 (see below).

Ancient Parish:

Gainford Parish  (St Mary)

Ancient parishes refer to the parishes before the split between ecclesiastical (church) and civil parishes in the 19th century. They had a parish church and often were composed of multiple townships and chapelries. In many cases, townships and parishes were originally based on the territory of manors from the feudal system during medieval times. Civil parishes were created following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1866, in which Church of England parishes, extra-parochial areas, townships and chapelries, became "civil parishes" which could set their own poor rate (tax). Then the reforms of Local Government Act 1894 established elected civil parish councils (or parish meetings for parishes with less than 300 residents) and created urban and rural districts. Boundaries of parishes and civil parishes may have changed over time.

Poor Law Union:

Teesdale Poor Law Union, formed in 1837.

Teesdale Union Workhouse was located at Barnard Castle. 

Under the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 parishes were grouped into Unions, each of which had to build a workhouse if they did not already have one. It ended the old system of locally provided poor relief which had come under strain as numbers out of work grew, following increasing mechanisation of agriculture and the economic downturn after the Napoleonic Wars, along with changing social attitudes. The workhouse provided those unable to support themselves financially with accommodation and work. Inmates were generally segregated into men, women, boys and girls. 

The workhouse system was abolished by the Local Government Act 1929, but many workhouses lived on as 'Public Assistance Institutions' until the National Assistance Act 1948.

District Council:

Barnard Castle Rural District, formed in 1894. The district was abolished in 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972.

Teesdale District (County Durham) from 1974 to 2009.

The district council was abolished when County Durham became a unitary authority on the 1st of April 2009.

Listed buildings and scheduled monuments in Bolam Civil Parish, County Durham, from the National Heritage List for England.

Structure List No. Grade Built~ Notes
Church of St Andrew 1121133 II 1835 Parish church
Legs Cross 1323020  II* C9th  
Legs Cross 1018638 n/a C9th Scheduled Monument
The Old Vicarage 1121134 II C17th  

Primary source: the National Heritage List for England - NHLE is the register of nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England, including listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields. The list is maintained by Historic England. Check NHLE for updates and new entries. Secondary sources: British Listed Buildings and Keys to the Past.

Civil Parishes in County Durham Bolam Township (County Durham), 1848 Bolam
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- Overview Notable Buildings Map Street View Bolam is a village in County Durham located 6 miles north west of Darlington and 3 miles south of Bishop Auckland. The parish Church …
Bolam Township (County Durham), 1848
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Bolam Township (County Durham), 1848
- BOLAM, a township, in the parish of Gainford, union of Auckland, S. W. division of Darlington ward, S. division of the county of Durham, 5 miles (S. by W.) from …


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