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Hedleyhope Civil Parish

About the Parish

Settlements: East Hedleyhope, Low Hedleyhope, High Hedlyhope, Hedley Hill

167  (2021 Census)

171  (2011 Census)

146  (2001 Census)

385 (1951 Census)

1,176  (1921 Census)

1,504 (1881 Census)

48 (1848, Hedley Hope township, S. Lewis)

Area: 6.5 km²
Parish Council: Hedley Hope Parish Council
Unitary Authority: Durham County Council


Ancient Township:

Hedley Hope

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

Ancient Parish:

Brancepeth  (St. Brandon)

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:

Lanchester Poor Law Union, formed in 1837.

Lanchester Union Workhouse, built in the 1830s, was located on Newbiggin Road at Lanchester. Prior to that there were smaller worhouses at Tanfield and Kyo

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:

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

Derwentside 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 Hedleyhope Civil Parish, County Durham, from the National Heritage List for England.

Structure List No. Grade Built~ Notes
Hedleyhill Colliery coke works, 500m south west of Hazlet House 1018230 n/a C19th Scheduled Monument

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 Hedley Hope, 1848 East Hedleyhope Hedley Hope East Hedleyhope Village Hall
Hedley Hope
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East Hedleyhope
- Overview Map Street View East Hedleyhope (aka East Hedley Hope) is a village in County Durham, located about 7 miles west of Durham City and 7 miles north of Bishop …
East Hedleyhope Village Hall
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East Hedleyhope Village Hall
- Overview Map Street View The Village Hall at East Hedleyhope is situated by the village green and play area. Information on booking the hall is available on the Hedley Hope …
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Hedley Hope, 1848
- HEDLEY-HOPE, a township, in the parish of Brancepeth, union of Lanchester, N. W. division of Darlington ward, S. division of the county of Durham, 6 miles (E.N.E.) from Wolsingham; containing …


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