The History of the Ancient Parish of Gainford


The ancient parish of Gainford included both Gainford and the chapelries of Barnard Castle, Denton and Whorlton on the north bank of the Tees, thus covering much of the Heart of Teesdale area. The project aim to create a scoping study for a history of the ancient parish as a possible red Volume VI within the county series of the national Victoria County History.  Each volume provides a comprehensive history of a parish and its constituent parts from the earliest times to the present. The shaping of the landscape is an important element: covering settlement patterns, land use, field boundaries, communications and industrial sites. The project has drawn on academics and volunteers to identify and review the body of published works and surviving documentary sources for a modern history of the parish, and has supported and offered training to history groups in the area to contribute with local studies and publications. Both the research posted on-line while work progresses, and the resulting volume, are invaluable works of reference for landscape historians.

This project is now complete.

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