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Bishop Auckland, Durham

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Bishop Auckland, Durham

Bishop Auckland is a market town and civil parish in County Durham in north east England. It is located about 12 miles northwest of Darlington and 12 miles southwest of Durham at the confluence of the River Wear with its tributary the River Gaunless. According to the 2001 census, Bishop Auckland has a population of 24,392. Much of the town's early history surrounds the bishops of Durham and the establishment of a hunting lodge, which later became the main residence of the Bishops of Durham.
Administrative CountyDurham
Traditional CountyDurham
OS GridNZ2028
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth East
Police AuthorityDurham
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCounty Durham and Darlington
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCounty Durham and Darlington
Ambulance AuthorityNorth East
Dialling code01388
Population24,392 (2001)

Other names by which Bishop Auckland, Durham has been known in the past

Auckland ~ Auckland Bishop ~ Aukland

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

Bishop Auckland, township and market town with ry. sta., S. Durham, on eminence near confluence of rivers Wear and Gaunless, 9½ miles SW. of Durham -- town, 950 ac., pop. 10,097; township, 2126 ac., pop. 11,632; 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Thursday. There is a handsome town-house (1863) with tower 100 ft. high; at NE. stands palace of Bishop of Durham, a splendid pile, covering 5 ac., surrounded by park of 800 ac. The town has cotton factories and engineering works; extensive coal-mines are in the vicinity.

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