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Brignall Civil Parish

About the Parish

Overview: Brignall Civil Parish in County Durham is located about 2 miles south of Barnard Castle. The south and west of the parish is bounded by the River Greta. It is a sparsely populated area which includes several farms.
Main Settlements: BrignallGreta Bridge (the part west of the River Greta).
Population: <100 at the time of the 2011 Census (parsh records are held with Rokeby)
Area: 8.59 km2
Parish Council: Rokeby, Brignall & Egglestone Abbey Parish Council  (joint council with Rokeby CP & Egglestone Abbey CP).
Unitary Authority: Durham County Council


Ancient Parish:

Brignall 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.

Ancient District:

Gilling-West (wapentake)

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.


North Riding of Yorkshire

Transferred to County Durham on the 1st of April 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972.

District Council:

Startforth Rural District (part of the North Riding of Yorkshire), formed in 1894. The district was abolished and transferred to County Durham 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 1 April 2009.

See also:  Historic Buildings and Monuments in Brignall Civil Parish. Note: listed buildings are generally the responsibility of the county council, rather than the parish council.

Civil Parishes in County Durham Brignall Greta Bridge Brignall Parish, 1848 Historic Buildings and Monuments in Brignall
from https://www.rokebybrignalland…
Rokeby, Brignall & Egglestone Abbey Parish Council
- "...The parish area consisting of Rokeby, Brignall and Egglestone Abbey lies south of the river Tees and to the west of the River Greta enjoying some of the most beautiful …

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- Overview About Brignall Map Street View Brignall is a village in County Durham, located about 3 miles south-east of Barnard Castle and 1 mile south-west of Greta Bridge. The settlement …
Greta Bridge
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Greta Bridge
- Overview About Greta Bridge Map Street View Greta Bridge is a village in the south of County Durham, located about 3 miles south-east of Barnard Castle. The village has been …


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