Deptford St Andrew, Durham Genealogy

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Parish History

Deptford St Andrew was created in 1844 from Bishopwearmouth St Michael, Durham St Michael and All Angels ancient parish. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists.[1]

DEPTFORD, a populous district, in the parish of Bishop-Wearmouth, union of Sunderland, N. division of Easington ward and of the county of Durham, 1 mile (W.) from Sunderland, and on the bank of the river Wear. This place largely participates in the trade and commerce of the port of Sunderland: ship-building is carried on to a great extent; a paper-mill is in operation; and there are iron-foundries and glass-works. Good limestone is also obtained in abundance, in which fossils are found. The patent ropery here, wrought by machinery propelled by a steam-engine of 35-horse power, and capable of producing within the usual hours of labour 900 tons of cordage annually, was some time ago destroyed by fire, but has been rebuilt. A district church was erected in 1840, at a cost of £2700; it is dedicated to St. Andrew, and the living is in the gift of the Rector. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists.

From: 'Denver - Devizes', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 32-46. URL: Date accessed: 24 March 2011.


Civil Registration

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Church records

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections Bishopwearmouth St Andrew Deptford Reference number: DDR/EA/PBT/2/76 Date: November 1845-1852 Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records. The images have not yet been loaded and await engineering.

The dates of the post-1760 transcripts have been noted in detail and sometimes only cover years. For most parishes in the collection there are gaps in the sequence of transcripts. It is advisable to consult the original parish registers for these years and events.

Bishopwearmouth St Andrew Deptford The registers for the period 1846-1948 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Su.SA )and Bishopwearmouth St Michael and All Angels( EP/Biw).

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Non Conformist Churches

Census records

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Poor Law Unions

Sunderland Poor Law Union, Durham

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Durham Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England]] (1848), pp. 32-46. URL: Date accessed: 24 March 2011.<br>

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