Kelly’s Post Office Directory, 1879

Page 22

AYCLIFFE is a parish, township, village and station on the North Eastern railway, distant from London about 246 miles, 5 north from Darlington, 6 from Bishop Auckland, in the Southern division of the county, south-eastern division of Darlington ward, in Darlington union and county court district, Darlington rural deanery, Durham archdeaconry and diocese. The parish contains the townships of GREAT AYCLIFFE, BRAFFERTON, WOODHAM and PRESTON-LE·SKERNE. The church of St. Andrew is an ancient stone building in the Norman and Early English styles, with chancel, nave, aisles and a square tower with 3 bells.  In the churchyard are the remains of a very ancient cross supposed to be Saxon.  The register dates from the year 1560. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £386, with good residence and 7½ acres of glebe, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Durham and held by the Rev. John D. Eade, M.A. of Caius College, Cambridge and a canon of Durham, 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 schoolroom. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have places of worship. Here are limestone quarries.  ­The Dean and Chapter of Durham are lords of the manor. The principal landowners are the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the Dean and Chapter of Durham and Miss Nichol The soil is chiefly a strong loam; subsoil, limestone and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, beans, oats, peas and clover. The acreage of the parish is 11,107. The population of the township value, in 1871 was 822, with 2,191 acres; rateable value, £8,368. 

James Hutchinson, postmaster. Letters arrive through Darlington at 8.l0 a.m.; dispatched at 4.30 p.m. & 6.30 p.m.
Assistant OverSeer, William Wilkinson, jun.
NationalSchool, Henry Thompson, master
Railway Station, James Bruce, station master

Brafferton is a township in the south-eastern part of Aycliffe parish, about a mile from the Great North road, 4 miles north from Darlington.  The North Eastern railway runs through the township. There is a National Church school and house, erected in 1823. Here is Ketton Hall, the property of Sir Edmund Stracey Hardinge, bart. now the residence of Mr. John Feetham Green and also Newton Ketton, leasehold under the Dean and chapter of Durham. The area is 2, 428 acres; rateable value £6,931 15s; the population in 1871 was 236.       
NationalChurchSchool, William Robinson, master

Preston-le-Skerne is a township in Aycliffe parish and Sedgefield union, 1½ miles north from Aycliffe and 7 north-by- east from Darlington: it is principally the property of the Earl of Eldon. The Clarence railway extends into this parish. Here are tileworks; also limestone quarries. The acreage is 2,681; gross able value, £7,872; the population in 1871 was 137.
Woodham is a township in the northern part of Aycliffe parish and Sedgefield union it is situated on the Great North road, 8 miles north from Darlington. The principal landowners are the Earl of Eldon and Sir William Eden, bart. The acreage is 3,807; rateable value, £6.773; it contained a population in 1871 of 179.

NUNSTAINTON a hamlet and RICKNALL are within this township.


Coulson Jacob, jun. tanner & farmer North Aycliffe

Lawson, Thomas The County hotel

Anderson Thomas

Coulthard Rt.Bay Horse, Travllrs. rest

Lockey Hannah (Mrs), shopkeeper

Aylmer Miss, Rose cottage

Croft Jane (Mrs.}, shopkeeper

Lockey Robert, blacksmith

Coulson Jacob, sen, North Aycliffe

Davison Francis, butcher

Marriner George, corn miller

Darling Miss

Davison George, butcher

Mills John, tailor

Dixon Mrs

Davison George, farmer

Parkinson Jhn. G. frmr. Whitworth farm

Eade Arthur W. F. Aycliffe house

Dent Robert, boot & shoe maker

Pattison -, farmer, Hill house

Eade Rev. Charles Aylmer, M .A.[ curate]

Firby Ambrose Binks, hay dealer

Purvis Mark, Gretna Green Wedding inn, Travellers rest

Eade Rev. Canon John David, M.A. Vicar

Garry Thomas, beer retailer

Raw Leonard Thomas, builder

Gargatt Thomas

Garthwaite Bryan, cowkeeper

Richmond William, market gardener

Garry Thomas

Garthwaite George. shopkeeper

Robinson William, Royal Telegraph, & boot & shoe maker

Hadrick Mrs

Garthwaite John, general dealer

Scott Peter, saw mill

Henderson Mrs

Garthwaite Joseph William, tailor

Smith Wm. North Briton, & auctioneer

Hughf William

Garthwaite Matthew, boot & shoe maker

Stephenson Matthew, cowkeeper

Smith Mrs Aycliffe house

Gladdon Robt., carrier & market gardener

Vickers William, farmer, New house


Hadrick Thomas, grocer

Wake Thomas, greengrocer

Baker William, farmer

Henderson Isaac, boot & shoe maker & shopkeeper

Wake William, cartwright

Ball Charles, market gardener

Henderson John, cattle dealer

Walker William, cowkeeper

Blanchard John, plasterer

Hinde Robert, farmer, Aycliffe moor

Wilkinson William, cattle dealer

Bradley Richard, butcher

Hives Thomas, shopkeeper

Wilkinson William jun., cattle dealer & rate collector

Brown Thomas, coal agent

Hopps Thomas, farmer, Finchale cottage

Wilkinson William, tailor & draper

Brunskill Joseph, farmer, Clarence cot.

Hughf Joseph, baker

Worth Aaron, manager for Ord & Maddison’s quarries, & farmer

Callender Thomas, farmer, Moor House farm

Hutchinson James, farmer &shopkeeper


Chapman George, lime burner & farmer

Jackson Jeremiah, joiner &c


Charlton Geo., farmer, Burn House farm

Kent Bartholomew, Ram hotel


Clapham George, shopkeeper & farmer

Kent Joseph, blacksmith


Clement Wm. Jun. farmer, Aycliffe wood



White Thomas, joiner Taylor Geo. market grdnr. Rickland cot.
Green John Feetham, Ketton hall Yeates William, blacksmith  
Southern James Thomas  
Watson Francis
Wilson Walter, Ricknall
Boddy John, Hammer & Pincers, & blacksmith Burdon Sarah (Mrs.), farmer, Carr side
Applegarth John, famrer, High house Brunton Edward, farm bailiff to J.P. Lumsden, Learmouth, N.B Burnip William, farmer, Bradbury mill
Bagley Robt. corn miller, Coatham mill Brunton Matthew, farmer, How hills Dodsworth Jhn. farmer, Woodham burn
Brown John, farmer, East Ketton Dacres Robert John, farmer Elcoat Richard & David, farmers, Woodham moor
Bruce John, blacksmith Dobinson Hannah (Mrs.), farmer Hall Edward, farmer, Ricknall grange
Crow George, farmer Graham Anthony, farmer, Whinfield Henderson William, farmer, Low field
Crow Jacob, farmer & shopkeeper Hill John, brick & tile manufacturer, New Moor tile works Raine John, farmer, Nunstainton
Ellerton Margaret (Mrs.), grocer Lane Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Preston lodge Robinson Thos. frmr Woodham grange
Green Jhn. Feetham, farmer, Jetton hall Lawson John, farmer & rate collector, Preston East farm Searle William, farmer, Ricknall
Hadrick Jhn. corn miller & frmr. The Mill Lawson Robert H. farm bailiff to John Robert Ord, esq. Haughton-le-Skirne Swinbank George, farmer & cattle dealer
Littlefair Edward, farmer Little Ketton Richardson George, farmer, Lee hall Walker James, farmer, Lower Copelaw
Ord Robert Benton, farmer, New town Richardson Geo. frmr Preston West farm Walker John, farmer & rate collector
Paylor & Smith, farmers, Lovesome hill Richardson William, farmer, Manor ho Walker Jhn. farmer, Nunstainton grange
Robinson Wm. schoolmaster. & rate colctr   Walker Joseph, farmer, Ricknall grange
Swainston George, farmer   Walker William, farmer, High Copelaw
Waugh William, farmer, New town   Walker William, Stagg inn
White James, boot & shoe maker   Wright Wm. farmer, Woodham burn