Auckland St Helen, Durham Family History Guide

Auckland St Helen is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Durham, created in 1724 from chapelry in Auckland St Andrew Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Evenwood, Evenwood and Barony, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland, and Barony.

Alternative names: St Helen Auckland, St Helens Auckland

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1593
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1762

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Cockfield
  • Ingleton
  • Escomb
  • Etherley
  • Shildon
  • Gainford
  • Lynesack
  • Land Common to Evenwood and Barony and West Auckland
  • Witton le Wear
  • Hamsterley
  • Denton
  • Heighington
  • Auckland St Andrew

Parish History

Auckland St Helen

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

AUCKLAND, ST. HELEN, a chapelry, in the parish of St. Andrew, union of Auckland, N. W. division of Darlington ward, S. division of the county of Durham, 3 miles (S. S. W.) from Bishop-Auckland; containing in the township of St. Helen (which constitutes only a small portion of the chapelry) 720 inhabitants. At the St. Helen’s colliery, numerous ovens are employed in the manufacture of coke for the use of the engines on the Stockton and Darlington railway. Large quantities of coal are sent from the mines in the neighbourhood to be shipped at Stockton and Middlesborough on the Tees. The living is a perpetual curacy, valued in the king’s books at £13. 9. 4., and in the gift of the Bishop of Durham; net income, £120. The impropriate tithes, belonging to the landowners, have been commuted for £119. 1. 6., and those of the perpetual curate for £6. 7.; there is a glebe of 23 acres.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

West Auckland

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

AUCKLAND, WEST, a township, in the parish of St. Andrew, union of Auckland, N. W. division of Darlington ward, S. division of the county of Durham, 3½ miles (S. W. by S.) from Bishop-Auckland; containing 2310 inhabitants. This place is situated at the junction of the high road from Durham to Barnard-Castle with that from Darlington to Wolsingham; the river Gaunless winds in a devious course through the township. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; and a free school, founded by Mrs. Margaret Hubback in 1798, is endowed with about £30 per annum, and conducted on the national plan. The place gives the title of Baron to the family of Eden, who formerly resided here: the estates now belong to Sir R. J. Eden, Bart.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Cemeteries

St. Helen, Auckland, Co. Durham : monumental inscriptions Author: McLee, Carol A.; Cleveland, North Yorkshire and South Durham Family History Society

Census

Census returns for St. Helen-Auckland, 1841-1891

1851 census for St. Helen, Middridge, Helmington Row, Crook (Durham County) Author: Cleveland Family History Society

Church Records

Baptisms, 1858-1909 Author: Primitive Methodist Church. West Auckland/ St. Helens-Auckland Circuit (Durhamshire)

England, Durham, Auckland-St. Helen, bishop’s transcripts, 1762-1854 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of St. Helen-Auckland (Durham); Durham University Library

Parish chest material, 1776-1860 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of St. Helen-Auckland (Durham)

Parish register transcripts, 1653-1812 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of St. Helen-Auckland (Durham)

Parish registers for St. Helen-Auckland, 1593-1928 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of St. Helen-Auckland (Durham)

A transcript of Saint Helen’s Auckland parish register, book 1, 1593 to 1635 Author: Forster, J. K.; Church of England. Chapelry of St. Helen-Auckland (Durham)

Auckland, St. Helen baptism index, 1836-1853 : (register indexed: EP/Au.SH 1/2) Author: Poll, I. M.

Auckland, St. Helen burial index, 1636-1653 : (register indexed: EP/Au.SH 1/2) Author: Poll, I. M.

Auckland, St. Helen, marriage index, 1837-1902 Author: Calland, L., Mrs.; Church of England. Chapelry of St. Helen-Auckland (Durham)

Computer printout of Auckland St. Helen, Durham, Eng

Marriages, St. Helen-Auckland, 1593-1837; Aycliffe, 1560-1837 Author: Rounce, W. E.; Church of England. Chapelry of St. Helen-Auckland (Durham); Church of England. Parish Church of Aycliffe (Durham)

Land and property

Land tax assessments for the township of Auckland-St. Helen, 1787-1830 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Durhamshire)

Taxation

The Hearth Tax Assessments for Aucklandshire and Upper Weardale, Lady Day 1666 Author: Howe, J. C.

Land tax assessments for the township of Auckland-St. Helen, 1787-1830 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Durhamshire)

Administration

  • County: Durham
  • Civil Registration District: Auckland
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Durham
  • Rural Deanery: Darlington
  • Poor Law Union: Auckland
  • Hundred: Darlington Ward
  • Province: York