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How to Search for a Place
You can search for a place in five databases:
- Place Names
- Church Registers
- Durham Collieries
- Mining Durham's Hidden Depths
Search for a place in the Catalogue database
The Catalogue is a free text database. Search by keyword(s).
The option to include word variations in your search will not find all variations of proper names or place names. Try repeating your keyword search using alternative spelling to maximise your search results.
Chester le Street
Fencehouses - repeat search for Fence Houses
Eggleston - repeat search for Egglestone
Hag Gate Farm
Shildon Engine Works
See examples of place name variations at the end of this page.
To find the most common spelling of County Durham place names browse the Place Names database.
Narrow or widen your search
Bollihope Common finds only Bollihope Common
(search finds at least 8 matches in 7 catalogues)
Bollihope finds Bollihope; Bollihope Branch Railway; Bollihope Burn; Bollihope Burn Railway; Bollihope Carrs; Bollihope Common; Bollihope Craggs; Bollihope Fell; Bollihope Grains; Bollihope Moor; Bollihope Moors; Bollihope Railway; Bollihope Shaft; Bollihope Shield; Bollihope Spa; Bollihope Tract; 3 Bollihope Grove, Bishop Auckland
(search finds at least 31 matches in 24 catalogues)
Bollyhope finds Bollyhope, Bollyhope House, Bollyhope Mill
(search finds at least 3 matches in 3 catalogues)
Search the Place Names database
You can browse a list of County Durham place names or search by keyword to find which ecclesiastical parish a place was located in at a given date.
Browse the list of place names to identify multiple locations with the same place name.
Search for a place in the Church Registers database
Browse a list of parish names or search by keyword(s) to find what church registers we hold for a given place.
Search for a place in the Durham Collieries database
Browse by place or township, browse by map or search by keyword(s) to find information about collieries in the Durham coalfield.
Search for a place in the Mining Durham's Hidden Depths database
Search by keyword or browse the Colliery/Lodge/Other Location drop-down lists in the options to refine your search.
Find information about Durham miners associated with a specific place or colliery.
Place name variations
Chester-le-Street or Chester le Street
Hetton-le-Hole or Hetton le Hole
Middleton-in-Teesdale or Middleton in Teesdale
Stockton-on-Tees or Stockton on Tees
Punctuation is disregarded. Your search will return the same number of results for keywords Chester-le-Street or Chester le Street.
Bearpark or Bear Park
Fencehouses or Fence Houses
Lanehead or Lane Head
Names used for more than one location
Grindon [Stockton] and Grindon [Sunderland]
Hamsterley [Weardale] and Hamsterley Colliery [Medomsley]
Stanley [Beamish] and Stanley [Crook]
Browse the Search Place Names database to identify multiple locations with the same place name.
Barnard Castle or Bernard Castle
Eggleston or Egglestone
Bishop Auckland, previously known as Auckland St. Andrew and Auckland St. Helen. Search for Auckland rather than Bishop Auckland to increase search results.
Sunderland, north of the river Wear, previously known as Monkwearmouth
Sunderland, south of the river Wear, previously known as Bishopwearmouth