1986 Description of Spennymoor

   A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF            
 SPENNYMOOR,TUDHOE AND CROXDALE.       
 THE TOWNSHIP OF SPENNYMOOR, COVERING  
 SOME 7494 ACRES,WITH A POPULATION OF  
 APPROX.20000, STANDS ON THE MAIN ROAD 
 BETWEEN DURHAM AND BISHOP AUCKLAND    
 (IN THE COUNTY PALATINE OF DURHAM),ON 
 S.W.BANK OF THE RIVER WEAR. THE OLDEST
 AND MAIN PART OF PRESENT DAY          
 SPENNYMOOR ORIGINALLY FORMED PART OF  
 WHITWORTH TOWNSHIP. THE LANDS WERE    
 OWNED BY THE SHAFTO FAMILY, "BONNIE   
 BOBBY SHAFTO" OF THE FAMOUS SONG,     
 BEING A MEMBER OF THIS FAMILY. TUDHOE 
 VILLAGE AND TUDHOE COLLIERY ARE       
 SATELLITES OF SPENNYMOOR AND          
 ORIGINALLY FORMED PART OF TUDHOE      
 TOWNSHIP, WHICH LAND WAS MAINLY OWNED 
 BY THE SALVIN FAMILY OF CROXDALE.     
 SINCE 1974 ALL HAVE BEEN PART OF      
 SEDGEFIELD R.D.C.                     
                                       
 

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