Undated, but first published in about 1820 and republished here is the Durham edition in William Pinnock's County Histories series. Carrying the full title The History & Topography of Durham with Biographical Sketches, etc., and a Neat Map of the County, this lovely little 71-page history and topography for Co. Durham was printed in the Strand, London, for Pinnock and Maunder.
William Pinnock (1782-1843) began life as a school teacher in Hampshire before moving to London where he set-up a book publishing business with his brother-in-law, Samuel Maunder. Pinnock and Maunder are best-remembered for the publication of their educational 'catechisms', which were issued between 1837 and 1849, eventually containing some 83 parts. The catechisms took the form of short, popular and cheap pamphlets or manuals, which were arranged in the form of question and answer on many different areas of popular and perhaps less popular and well known knowledge; the standard price for these publications would appear to have been nine-pence. Extremely popular and successful, Pinnock and Warner followed these with abridged editions of Goldsmith's histories of England, Greece and Rome and their series of county histories. Pinnock and Maunder also published the Literary Gazette for a number of years. Samuel Maunder continued publishing in his own right after Pinnock's death in 1843, mainly education dictionaries on many subjects, which were again extremely popular at the time of their publication.
The frontis-piece to the History and Topography of Durham consists of a county map showing the county's mail coach roads, turnpike roads and canals. The map also delineates the cities, market towns and villages in the county as well as marking and naming the main gentlemen's seats. Like Pinnock and Maunder's catechisms, the History and Topography of Durham also takes the form of question and answer, with the first page beginning with: Question. 'What is the situation of Durham'. Answer. 'Durham, which is a county Palatine, possessing great and extensive privileges, is bounded on the east by the German Ocean, on the north by Northumberland, on the west by Cumberland and Westmoreland, and on the south by Yorkshire'.
Beginning with a physical and geographical description of the county, the History and Topography of Durham proceeds to Gateshead and surrounding areas, providing topographical descriptions and statistics on the town and surrounding villages as well as the better-known gentlemen's seats in the vicinity. Also mentioned are fascinating records of local history and custom associated with places mentioned, such as Hawthorne Dean, its beacon and the celebration at harvest time of Ceres, the goddess of Corn, whose effigy was paraded through the corn fields to great acclimation and merriment, followed by the feast of Mell-supper.
The History and Topography of Durham is completed by a biography of celebrated men from Durham, such as William Emerson, the Venerable Bede, Sir John Baliol as well as a list of the county fairs and market days and rare plants and where to find them in the county. A lovely little publication that is sure to inform, entertain and surprise.
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The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
A most important work on the County of Durham, which is referred to by most modern historians and writers.
Published in 1785 in three large volumes, the first of which begins with the pre-Roman history of the area, and the Brigantes tribe of the district, then on through the Saxon period, with the kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira. The remainder of the first volume takes us through the times of the Bishops of Lindisfarne and the Bishops of Durham, to the late 1700s.
Volumes 2 and 3 enter into greater detail concerning each of the towns and parishes of the county throughout history.
A comprehensive history and geography of the County of Durham in two huge volumes, and containing many delightful old engravings.
Each township and parish is described in great detail, together with its facilities and amenities, history, trade and transport, early railways, etc.
A wealth of information for the historian and genealogist.
Published in 1864 this book describes hundreds and hundreds of Darlington people, in some cases people from the 18th century. We can find out what they were like, what they did, where they lived, when they were born, who their children were and when and how they died. An absolute gem for those researching their Darlington ancestors. From the preface:
'My original intention was to portray the characteristics of those who were prominent among us in their "day and generation," but I discovered that a story might be told about every House, in every Row. Names were prolific in suggestions, and the accumulation of materials induced me to construct a book'.
There then follows a sentence which might easily apply to all of we Genealogists and Family Historians!
'I had to read and enquire, as well as to think and remember, and some of the facts stated in a couple of lines cost me many hours of research.'
The book has a good index, with hundreds of names, but there are many, many others in the book that did not make it into the index. The CD of the book will be fully searchable, using the find feature in Acrobat Reader (free software), so you will be able to search for any word or name.
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