Old Map of Durham by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland, Darlington
Old Map of Durham by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland, Darlington
Old Map of Durham by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland, Darlington

Old Map of Durham by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland, Darlington

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This old map of the County of Durham, England, created by Samuel Lewis in 1844, offers a fascinating glimpse into the historical landscape of the region. With its intricate details and exquisite craftsmanship, this map is a true collector's item for history enthusiasts and map lovers alike.

One of the captivating aspects of this map is its depiction of the major towns and cities of the time. While Durham itself is not included, the map showcases other significant locations within the county. Sunderland, a bustling port town known for its shipbuilding industry, is prominently featured. Stockton-on-Tees, with its rich history as a market town and river port, is also highlighted. The map captures the maritime heritage of Hartlepool, a coastal town that played a vital role in trade and defense. Bishop Auckland, known for its medieval castle and historic connections to the Bishops of Durham, adds another layer of intrigue. Lastly, Darlington, a town renowned for its railway heritage, completes the list of notable features on this remarkable map.

It is important to note that while some modern cities may not be present on this map, it offers a unique perspective on the region's past. Excitingly, certain settlements may appear under earlier names, allowing us to trace the evolution of place names over time. This map serves as a visual time capsule, transporting us back to the mid-19th century and providing valuable insights into the historical geography of County Durham.

Notable settlements founded before 1840 within the historical boundaries of County Durham:

  • Durham (995): The historic county town and ecclesiastical center, renowned for its magnificent cathedral and castle.
  • Sunderland (1179): A significant port town with a rich maritime heritage and a thriving coal industry.
  • Stockton-on-Tees (1138): A market town and river port, historically known for its association with the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
  • Hartlepool (640): A coastal town with a long history of maritime trade and defense, including its famous Headland and ancient Abbey.
  • Darlington (1183): A town renowned for its railway heritage, as the location of the world's first passenger railway station.
  • Bishop Auckland (1093): A historic market town with ties to the Bishops of Durham, featuring the impressive Auckland Castle.
  • Chester-le-Street (883): A town with a rich history dating back to Roman times, known for its association with cricket and the iconic Lumley Castle.
  • Gateshead (12th century): Situated on the southern bank of the River Tyne, it has a long history as an important crossing point and industrial center.
  • South Shields (1245): A coastal town with a strong maritime tradition, boasting beautiful beaches and historic landmarks.
  • Houghton-le-Spring (12th century): A town with a rich religious history, home to the picturesque Houghton Hall and its surrounding parkland.
  • Washington (1096): An ancient settlement with connections to George Washington's ancestors, featuring the stunning Washington Old Hall.
  • Jarrow (681): An historic town known for its association with the Venerable Bede and its medieval monastery, St. Paul's Church.
  • Seaham (1828): A coastal town with a fascinating industrial heritage, including the remnants of the once-thriving Seaham Colliery.
  • Peterlee (1948): A new town established after World War II, designed to accommodate the growing mining community.
  • Consett (1840): A town that emerged during the Industrial Revolution, renowned for its steel and ironworks.

Additional notable settlements founded before 1840 within the historical boundaries of County Durham include:

  • Stanley (12th century): A former coal mining town with a rich industrial heritage.
  • Billingham (685): An ancient settlement with a history of agriculture and chemical manufacturing.
  • Newton Aycliffe (1947): A new town created after World War II, originally designed as an industrial center.
  • Shildon (1823): A town closely associated with the birth of the railway industry, housing the National Railway Museum.
  • Ferryhill (1840): A town that developed due to the expansion of the coal mining industry in the 19th century.
  • Spennymoor (1840): A town that grew rapidly during the Industrial Revolution, fueled by the coal mining and iron industries.
  • Chester Moor (12th century): A village with a long history, located near the banks of the River Wear.
  • Sedgefield (13th century): An ancient market town with a rich historical heritage, including connections to the Magna Carta.
  • Crook (1840): A town that emerged during the Industrial Revolution, known for its coal mining and textile industries.
  • Brandon (12th century): A village with a long history, situated near the River Wear and the city of Durham.
  • Easington (12th century): A coastal town with a history of coal mining and a beautiful nature reserve.
  • Willington (1840): A town that developed due to the expansion of the coal mining industry in the 19th century.
  • Wingate (1840): A former mining village that grew rapidly during the Industrial Revolution.
  • Murton (1840): A town that emerged during the Industrial Revolution, driven by the coal mining industry.
  • Trimdon (12th century): A village with a long history, associated with the noble family of De Brus.

Notable boundaries, rivers, and natural attractions in County Durham, England:

  • River Tyne: A major river forming the boundary between County Durham and Tyne and Wear, known for its iconic bridges and vibrant quayside.
  • River Wear: A significant river flowing through Durham, Sunderland, and other towns, with its picturesque valleys and historic bridges.
  • Durham Dales: A stunning upland area encompassing the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering breathtaking landscapes and charming villages.
  • Durham Heritage Coast: A beautiful coastline stretching from Sunderland to Hartlepool, featuring dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and wildlife-rich habitats.
  • Hamsterley Forest: A vast forested area in the Durham Dales, providing opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, and wildlife spotting.
  • High Force: A mesmerizing waterfall on the River Tees, one of England's most impressive natural wonders.
  • Durham Cathedral and Castle: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, housing the magnificent Durham Cathedral and the historic Durham Castle.

Notable historical events in County Durham between 1800 and 1850:

  • 1825: Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world's first public railway to use steam locomotives.
  • 1832: The Reform Act of 1832, which extended voting rights and reformed parliamentary representation, had an impact on County Durham.
  • 1838: The Durham Miners' Gala, an annual event that started as a celebration of trade unionism and workers' rights, began in Durham City.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and there may be other significant settlements, boundaries, or events that are relevant to the history and geography of County Durham during this period.

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