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Shotley Bridge, Durham

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Shotley Bridge, Durham

Shotley Bridge is a village in the Derwent Valley, adjoining the town of Consett in County Durham, England. Shotley Bridge was once the heart of Britain's swordmaking industry. The origins of swordmaking here dated from 1691. A group of Lutheran swordmakers from Solingen in Germany settled in Shotley Bridge, allegedly in order to escape religious persecution, though in practice their departure was prompted by their breaking of guild oaths.
Post townCONSETT
Administrative CountyDurham
Traditional CountyDurham
OS GridNZ0852
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionNorth East
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityDurham
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCounty Durham and Darlington
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCounty Durham and Darlington
Ambulance AuthorityNorth East
Dialling code01207
Population27,394 (2001)
 

Shotley Bridge, Durham in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Shotley Bridge, vil. with ry. sta., Lanchester par., Durham, 2 miles SW. of Ebchester; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank; here are the Shotley Bridge Mills, paperworks; Shotley Hill and Shotley Park are seats.

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