Merrington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Durham.

Other places in the parish include: Hett, Middlestone, and Chilton.

Alternative names: Kirk Merrington

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1579
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1762

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MERRINGTON, a village and a township in Auckland district, and a parish partly also in Durham and Stockton districts, Durhamshire. The village strands on an eminence, 1½ mile SSE of Spennymoor r. station, and 3¾ ENE of Bishop-Auckland; adjoins the ground on which the English forces encamped before the battle of Neville’s Cross; commands a very extensive view, along the valley of the Wear, and to the hills of Yorkshire; is a large place; and has a post-office, of the name of Kirk-Merrington, under Darlington. The township comprises 1,934 acres. Real property, £3,331; of which £275 are in mines. Pop. in 1851,504; in 1861,926. Houses, 160. The parish contains also the townships of Ferryhill, Chilton, and Hett. Acres, 8,024. Real property, £12,165; of which £4,172 are in mines, and £17 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 2,673; in 1861, 4,046. Houses, 767. The property is much subdivided. Coal is worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham. Value, £300. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The old church was Norman, and of interesting character; and was the scene, in 1144, of a furious fray between W. Comyn, who had usurped the bishopric of Durham, and three barons of the bishopric-palatinate. The present church was built in 1854, on the site of the old one and in imitation of it; is of oblong form, with a massive central tower 60 feet high; and retains the chancel-screen of the old church. The churchyard contains an incised coffin-shaped stone, said to mark the grave of Hodge of Ferry, who slew the famous Brawn. The vicarage of Ferryhill is a separate benefice. There are a national school, and charities £19.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

Search Results for FamilySearch Catalog – Merrington

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England, Durham, Kirk-Merrington

England, Durham, Merrington – Cemeteries ( 1 )
Church of St. John the Evangelist, Kirk Merrington, County Durham : monumental inscriptions
Author: Northumberland & Durham Family History Society

England, Durham, Merrington – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Merrington, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Durham, Merrington – Census – 1851 – Indexes ( 2 )
1851 census for Ferryhill
Author: Cleveland Family History Society

1851 census for Merrington, Middlestone & Westerton, Whitworth & Old Park, Binchester & Newfeld (all Durham County)
Author: Cleveland Family History Society

England, Durham, Merrington – Church records ( 9 )
Baptisms, 1896-1903
Author: Primitive Methodist Church (Durhamshire, England)

England, Durham, Croxdale, bishop’s transcripts, 1787-1831
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Croxdale (Durham); Durham University Library

England, Durham, Ferry-Hill, bishop’s transcripts, 1843-1864
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Ferry-Hill (Durham); Durham University Library

England, Durham, Merrington, bishop’s transcripts, 1762-1884
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Merrington (Durham); Durham University Library

England, Durham, Merrington, parish register transcripts

Parish register transcripts, 1579-1818
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Merrington (Durham)

Parish registers for Croxdale, 1696-1938
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Croxdale (Durham)

Parish registers for Croxdale, 1815-1900
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Croxdale (Durham)

Rent book, 1857-1862 and churchwarden accounts, 1845-1861
Author: Croxdale (Durhamshire)

England, Durham, Merrington – Church records – Indexes ( 5 )
Croxdale, St. Bartholomew, marriage index, 1837-1938
Author: Bowes, I., Mrs.; Church of England. Chapelry of Croxdale (Durham)

Merrington : baptisms, marriages & burials 1813-1839
Author: Bowes, I., Mrs.; Yellowley, Carol; Bell, George; Church of England. Parish Church of Merrington (Durham)

Merrington parish registers index
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Merrington (Durham)

Parish printout of Merrington, Durham, England

Parish register printouts of Kirk-Merrington, Durham, England; christenings, 1579-1812
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Durham, Merrington – Land and property ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for the township of Merrington, 1760-1832
Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Durhamshire)

England, Durham, Merrington – Taxation ( 3 )
Land tax assessments for the township of Merrington, 1760-1832
Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Durhamshire)

Rent book, 1857-1862 and churchwarden accounts, 1845-1861
Author: Croxdale (Durhamshire)

Tithe apportionment for Merrington, 1840
Author: Great Britain. Tithe Commission

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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; Durham Ward
  • Province: York

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