Kelly’s Post Office Directory 1858

[DURHAM.] AYCLIFFE.          368                                                      POST OFFICE

AYCLIFFE is a parish, township, and village, distant from London about 246 miles, 5 from Darlington, 6from Bishop Auckland, in the south-eastern division of Darlington ward, in Darlington union, -Darlington deanery, Durham archdeanery and bishopric, and archbishopric of church of St. Andrew is an ancient stone build ing, in the Norman and Early English styles of architecture, with nave, aisles, chancel, and a square tower, with 2 bells; the register dates from 1560. The living is a vicarage, of the annual value of £386, with good residence and 2 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Durham; Rev . John D. Eade, M.A., is the incumbent, and the Rev. Wm. Eade, M.A., is the curate. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have places of worship. There is a Parochial school for boys and girls with a small endowment also a Sunday school in connection' with the church, held in the parish school-room. In the churchyard are the remains of a very ancient cross, supposed to be Saxon. The parish contains the township of GREAT AYCLIFFE, BRAFFERTON, WOODHAM, and PRESTON-LE-SKERNE. In1851, the population of the parish, including the above townships, was 1,366, and the acreage is about 10,763. The vicarial tithes arc commuted for £386 1s. 8d. The population of the township is 812, with 2,134 acres. Here are limestone quarries. 

BRAFFERTON is a township in the south-eastern part of Aycliffe parish, about a quarter of a mile from the Great North road, 4 miles from Darlington, and in the Darlington union. It contains Ketton Hall, the property of the Rev. Charles Hardinge, Bart., and also Newton, leasehold under the Dean and Chapter of Durham. There is a church school-house.

PRESTON-LE-SKERNE is a township of Aycliffe parish and Sedgefield union, 6 miles north-by-cast of Darlington.  It is principally the property of the trustees of the Earl of Eldon. The population, in 1851, was 139, and the acreage, 2,610. 'The Clarence railway extends into this parish. Here are tile works.

WOODHAM is a township in the northern part of Aycliffe parish; it is situated on the Great North road, 8 miles from Darlington. It contained a population, in 1851, 209, andthe acreage 3,705, It is in the Sedgefield Union.

NUNSTAINTON is a hamlet 6 miles north of the parish church.


Clapham George, shopkeeper

Mills John, tailor


Clement William, farmer, Wood farm

Munby Daniel, North: Briton, &  post­master

COULSON Mr. William, North Aycliffe

Coulson Jacob, tanner, North Aycliffe

Munby Joseph, watchmaker

Cradock Mrs. Mary

Croft Ralph, cartwright

Munby Sarah (Miss), Gretna Green Wedding, 'Travellers' Rest

Davison Mr. William

Davidson John, butcher

Richmond William, gardener

Eade Rev. John Davie, M.A., [vicar], Vicarage

Davison George, farmer

Robinson George, stonemason & parish clerk

Eade Rev. William, M.A. [curate]

Dixon Thomas, tailor & draper

Robinson Thomas, blacksmith

Ord Mr, Benton, Clarence cottage

Dobson Robt, sen. farmer & cowkeeper

Smith William, station master of north Eastern railway

Rose Mr. John

Dobson Robert, jun. shoemaker

Stead Joseph H. relieving officer & re­gistrar of births & deaths


Elcoat Michael, farmer, North Aycliffe

Stephenson Matthew, farmer & lime burner

Adamson William, veterinary surgeon

Farmery James, grocer & druggist

Stonehouse Richard Carr, miller

Atkinson Margaret (Mrs.), Bay Horse, Travellers' rest

Gascoigne Theodore cattle jobber

White John, draper & grocer

Bell Charles, Royal Telegraph, & joiner

Harland Jeremiah, farmer & cattle dlr

Wilkinson Thomas, shoemaker

Bell Joseph, Green Dragon

Harrison Richd. Master of parochial schl

Wilson Thomas, station master

Brecken Thomas, grocer & druggist

Hill John, farmer

Wood Thomas, butcher

Burnup Ralph, joiner

Hughff William, farmer, Whitworth


Carter Charles, farmer, Hill house

Hutchins Robert, shopkeeper


Chapman Geo. farmer & lime burner

Kent Bartholomew, butcher, & Ram Inn



Lancaster Thomas, assistant overseer



Milburn William, farmer



Mills John, shoemaker


 POST OFFICE,-Daniel Munby, postmaster. Letters arrive through Darlington at ½ past 9 a.m.; dispatched at 20 min. to 4 p.m.
Working Men's Reading Rooms, John Mills, secretary


White James, farmer


Fenwick Thomas, esq. Kelton ha11

White Thomas, farmer




Bagley William, miller

Atkinson Smart, farmer, Little Kelton


Burdon Thomas, farmer, Cold sides

Best Thomas P. farmer

Anderson Thomas, farmer

Hodgson George, farmer, Woodham burn

Brown John, farmer

Boddy John, Hammer & Pincers, & smith

Pallister Thomas, blacksmith

Bruce John, farmer

Brunton Matthew, farmer, How hills

Robinson Robert, miller

Crow .Jacob, joiner

Dobinson Thomas, farmer

Swinbank George, farmer

Crow John, farmer

Hill Elisha, brick & tile manufacturer, New Moor tile works

Turnbull Geo. farmer, Woodham moor

Dodshon Thomas, joiner

Hughf John, farmer, Grindon

Walker Henry, farmer, Low Copelaw

Dunn Edward, farmer, East Kelton

Hughf William farmer

Walker John, farmer, Ricknall grange

Hadrich Henry, miller

Lawson John, farmer, Preston east frm.

Walker John, farmer

Hadrich John, miller

Richardson William & George, farmers

Walker Robert, farmer

Ord John, fanner, Newton Kelton

Robinson James, farmer, Preston lodge

Walker Wm. farmer, High Copelaw

Robinson William, schoolmaster

Smith John, farmer

Walker William, Stag  inn

Swainston George, farmer

Smith William, farmer

White Wm, farmer, Ricknall grange

Swinbank George, tailor

Watson Ralph, farmer

White Wm. farmer, Low field

Taylor George, farmer

Wood Benjamin, farmer


Waugh Joseph, farmer, Newton Kelton


Raine John, farmer



Raine Michael, farmer