This is www.oldpway.info/weardale
It is Ernest Bate's on-line archive of information about Weardale Railway History.
The information includes research notes, extracts of old published books, and scans of original documents relating to Weardale Railway history. All the documents are pdfs, which are reached by the links, and which can be read on-line here or can be downloaded using your browser. Some of these are large files.
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Note that Ernest Bate has a lot more information about Weardale Railways that is not on-line here. Please contact him if you wish to discuss anything.
Contents of this webpage:
  • Stanhope Railway records
  • Iron Works and Mining
  • 1861 Census
  • 1857/8 25 inch maps

  • Stanhope Mineral Agent's Office Records
    These are guard's train records and daily paperwork from the 1890s, kept by the Stanhope Mineral Agent.
  • List of Records (0.1 MB) Link
  • Details of Guard's Record Books (0.5 MB)Link
  • Guard's Book 1 (70.6 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 2 (66.3 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 3 (65.5 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 4 (69.1 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 5 (63.1 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 6 (67.2 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 7 (61.4 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 8 (59.7 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 9 (61.4 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 10 (56.9 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 11 (57.6 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 12 (45.8 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 13 (58.0 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 14 (55.2 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 15 (59.2 MB) Link
  • Guard's Book 16 (70.5 MB) Link
  • Mineral Guard's Book 17 (64.0 MB) Link
  • Mineral Guard's Book 18 (79.6 MB) Link
  • Mineral Guard's Book 19 (71.0 MB) Link

  • Research into the blast furnaces at Stanhope and Tow Law, owned by Weardale Iron Company.
    Including details of all primary evidence about these furnaces, from newspapers, reports, books etc. This history traces the numbers of furnaces, building dates, numbers in blast, accidents etc.
  • Weardale Iron Company Blast Furnace Notes (0.6 MB) Link

  • Copies of parts of Hunt's Mineral Statistics, relating to Weardale blast furnaces, iron works and iron ore production and transport.
    With a summary of all this information, concerning Stanhope, Tow Law and Witton Park Iron Works and the iron ore mines and quarries in Weardale.
  • Summary of Weardale Blast Furnace Statistics from Mineral Statistics (0.6 MB) Link
  • Weardale_Furnace_Stats_1850s (3.4 MB) Link
  • Weardale_Furnace_Stats_1860s (6.1 MB) Link
  • Weardale_Furnace_Stats_1870s (10.5 MB) Link
  • Weardale_Furnace_Stats_1880s (13.7 MB) Link
  • Weardale_Furnace_Stats_1890s (7.6 MB) Link

  • Weardale information in "The Mining and Smelting Magazine", 1862-1865.
  • Summary of 1860s Weardale Information in "The Mining and Smelting Magazine" (0.5 MB) Link
  • Extracts of "The Mining and Smelting Magazine" concerning Weardale in 1860s. Including all monthly Trade Reviews for Northumberland and Durham Counties. (8.5 MB) Link
  • Summary of "On the Present Position of the Metallurgy of Iron in England" by Gruner and Lan, 1861, in Mining and Smelting Magazine, 3 Feb 1862 (0.5 MB) Link
  • "The Iron Manufacture of the North of England. Districts of Cleveland, Durham, and Cumberland" by Gruner and Lan, 1861, in Mining and Smelting Magazine, 3 Jun 1863 (0.9 MB) Link
  • Summary of "On the Weardale Iron Ores", by Charles Attwood, 1863, given at the Meeting of the British Association, in Mining and Smelting Magazine, 3 Oct 1863 (0.2 MB) Link
  • "Report on the Metallurgy of the District", by I Lowthian Bell, T Sopwith, Dr Richardson and T Spencer, 1863, given at the Meeting of the British Association. Including sections on "The Manufacture of Iron in Connection with the Northumberland and Durham Coal-field", "Lead Metallurgy of the District", and "The Manufacture of Steel in Northumberland and Durham". In Mining and Smelting Magazine, 3 Nov 1863 (1.0 MB) Link

  • Stanhope Parish 1861 Census Returns.
    These are the 1861 census books for Stanhope Parish. They are the Public Records Office (National Archives) images, downloaded from the FindMyPast website. There are 14 books covering the area as follows.
  • District: Weardale Union. Sub-District: St Johns. Enumeration no.: 1. (14.1 MB) Link
  • Extent: Park Township (Part of). All that part of the Park Quarter of the parish of Stanhope which lies on the South West side of the River Wear, including Stanhope Common, Westernhope Common, Ludwell, Horsley and Brother Lee.

  • District: Weardale Union. Sub-District: St Johns. Enumeration no.: 2. (23.9 MB) Link
  • Extent: Park Township (Part of). All that part of the Park Quarter of the parish of Stanhope which lies on the North East side of the River Wear, including North Gate, Rose Hill, Old Park, Brown Rigg Side, Crooksalter, Westgate and Middlehope Common.

  • District: Weardale Union. Sub-District: St Johns. Enumeration no.: 3. (9.7 MB) Link
  • Extent: Forest Township (Part of). All that part of the Forest Quarter of the parish of Stanhope which lies on the West side of Rookhope Burn, including Rookhope Common, Linsgarth Common and Hangingwells.

  • District: Weardale Union. Sub-District: St Johns. Enumeration no.: 4. (19.9 MB) Link
  • Extent: Forest Township (Part of). All that part of the Forest Quarter of the parish of Stanhope which lies on the South West side of the River Wear, bounding on the park Quarter on the East, and on Chapel Burn on the West, including Hill House, Windy Side, Dadry Shield, Wood Meadows, Chapel Common, St Johns Chapel and Burnfoot.

  • District: Weardale Union. Sub-District: St Johns. Enumeration no.: 5. (23.9 MB) Link
  • Extent: Forest Township (Part of). All that part of the Forest Quarter of the parish of Stanhope which lies on the South West side of the River Wear, bounding on Chapel on the East and on Ireshopeburn on the West, including Harthope Common, Ireshope Plain, Hawkwellhead and Earnwell.

  • District: Weardale Union. Sub-District: St Johns. Enumeration no.: 6. (19.5 MB) Link
  • Extent: Forest Township (Part of). All that part of the Forest Quarter of the parish of Stanhope which lies on the South West side of the River Wear, bounding on on Ireshope Burn on the East and on Burnhope Burn on the West, including Brier Hill, Ireston and Burnhope Common.

  • District: Weardale Union. Sub-District: St Johns. Enumeration no.: 7. (15.7 MB) Link
  • Extent: Forest Township (Part of). All that part of the Forest Quarter of the parish of Stanhope which lies between Burnhope Burn and Wellhope Burn down to their point of junction at Wearhead, including Stone Cross, Bents, North Grain and Wellhope Common.

  • District: Weardale. Sub-District: Stanhope. Enumeration no.: 1. (22.7 MB) Link
  • Extent: Stanhope Parish (Part of). Stanhope Township (Part of). Rookhope Chapelry (Part of). All that part of the Township of Stanhope which lies on the North side of the Rivulet called Stotsfieldburn, including Boltsburn Village, Redbourn, Rispey, Bolts-law, Chapel Row, part of Stotsfieldburn Hamlet and that part of Stanhope Common in a line therewith.

  • District: Weardale. Sub-District: Stanhope. Enumeration no.: 2. (11.1 MB) Link
  • Extent: Stanhope Parish (Part of). Stanhope Township (Part of). Rookhope Chapelry (Part of). All that part of the Township of Stanhope which lies between the Rivulet called Stotsfield Burn, and the road leading past High Farm to East Gate and Hagg Bridge, including part of Stotsfield Burn Hamlet, Brandon Walls, part of East Gate Village and that part of Stanhope Common in a line therewith.

  • District: Weardale. Sub-District: Stanhope. Enumeration no.: 3. (8.4 MB) Link
  • Extent: Stanhope Parish (Part of). Stanhope Township (Part of). All that part of the Township of Stanhope which lies between the road leading past High Farm to East Gate and Hagg Bridge on the West, and Stanhope Burn on the East, with the exception of that part of the Town of Stanhope which lies on the West side of Stanhope Burn, including High Farm, Bewdley, Greenhead, Noahs Ark and that part of Stanhope Common in a line therewith.

  • District: Weardale. Sub-District: Stanhope. Enumeration no.: 4. (15.6 MB) Link
  • Extent: Stanhope Parish (Part of). Stanhope Township (Part of). All that part of the Township of Stanhope (with the exception of the Town of Stanhope) which lies on the East side of Stanhope Burn, including Weather Hill, Stewart Shield Meadows, Stanhope Lead Mill, Crawleyside, Ashes House, Jolly Body, Shittlehopeside, Shittlehopeburn, Rogerley Hall and that part of Stanhope Common in a line therewith. Note: including Parkhead, upon Stanhope Common.

  • District: Weardale. Sub-District: Stanhope. Enumeration no.: 5. (35.5 MB) Link
  • Extent: The Town of Stanhope, including Stanhope Castle and grounds, Stanhope Hall, Stanhope Hall Mill, Horn Hall, New Town, Bridge End, New Field and East Lane.

  • District: Weardale. Sub-District: Stanhope. Enumeration no.: 6. (8.3 MB) Link
  • Extent: Stanhope Parish (Part of). Newlandside Township (Part of). All that part of the Township of Newlandside which lies on the North side of the Rivulet called Dryburn, including that part of Bollihope Common in a line therewith.

  • District: Weardale. Sub-District: Stanhope. Enumeration no.: 7. (11.9 MB) Link
  • Extent: Newlandside Township (Part of) and Bishopley Township. All that part of the Township of Newlandside which lies on the South side of the Rivulet called Dryburn together with the township of Bishopley, including Hill End, Brown's House, Bishopley Hamlet, Bollihope Shield that part of Bollihope Common in a line therewith.


    1st edition OS 25 inch (1:2500) maps of Weardale Railways.
    These are snapshots and scans of the 25 inch OS 1st edition maps of the Weardale area, which were surveyed in 1857 and 1858. They show in great detail the state of the railways in 1857/8, except that most copies of the maps covering Frosterley to Stanhope are later reprints (e.g. 1860s or 1870s) which have had the railway from Frosterley to Stanhope and to Newlandside Quarrry added (but are still described as 1st edition).

    The survey date for each map area can be read at the bottom left-hand corner of the 1895 revisions of each map sheet, which can be viewed on-line on the National Library of Scotland website at NLS Durham Index.

    Until November 2021, the 1st edition 25 inch OS maps could be viewed on-line, for non-commercial purposes, on the website www.old-maps.co.uk. That website has now been closed, but the following files contain snapshots taken from old-maps of all the railways in the Weardale area and some other areas of Weardale with railway interest.

    Also here are high resolution scans of the 1st edition 25 inch OS maps of Frosterley as originally surveyed (from British Library) and of Crawleyside/Stanhopeburn, Weatherhill and Park Head (from original printed copies).

  • Bishop Auckland and Weardale Railway area (22.5 MB) Link
  • 106 snapshots from old-maps, covering Bishop Auckland, to Wear Valley Junction, to Crook and surrounding areas, to Tow Law and surrounding areas, to Waskerley.

  • Stanhope and Tyne Railroad area (8.2 MB) Link
  • 34 snapshots from old-maps, covering Hownsgill, to Waskerley, to Crawleyside, to Stanhopeburn.

  • Wear Valley Railway area (12.5 MB) Link
  • 57 snapshots from old-maps, covering Wear Valley Junction, to Wolsingham, to Frosterley, to Stanhope and Newlandside, and Bishopley Branch and old waggonway to Bollihope.

  • Weardale Iron Company Railway area (13.3 MB) Link
  • 66 snapshots from old-maps, covering Parkhead, to Boltslaw, to Rookhope, to Bishopseat, to Heights, to Middlehope Valley, and Rookhope Valley to Groverake and North Grain.

  • Other Weardale areas of railway interest (5.4 MB) Link
  • 23 snapshots from old-maps, covering the route from Stanhope to Wearhead and some quarries and mines, including High Slit Mine, Middlehope Bank, Harthope, Greenlaws Mine, New House, Burtreeford, Burtree Pasture Mine, Cowhorse Level and Killhope Park Lead Mine.

  • High resolution of Frosterley in 1857 on Durham XXIV.15 (2.6 MB) Link
  • Scan from British Library copy, showing railway terminating at Frosterley and with Frosterley Engine Shed (as building 240, but not connected). Zoom to 400% for close-up view.

  • High resolution of Durham XXIV.5 of Crawleyside and Stanhopeburn in 1857 (18.6 MB) Link
  • Scan from original paper copy, showing Crawley Engine, part of Stanhope Burn Iron Works, Lanehead Quarry, Red Vein Quarry, Noah's Ark Quarry, West Pasture Mine, Stanhopeburn Washing, Shield Hirst Level, Stanhope Smelting Mill. Zoom to 400% for close-up view.

  • High resolution of Durham XXIV.2 of Weatherhill Incline in 1857, left part, Stanhope Parish (10.3 MB) Link
  • Scan from original paper copy, showing Weatherhill Incline, Weatherhill Engine and Park Head Depot. Zoom to 400% for close-up view.

  • High resolution of Durham XXIV.2 of East of Park Head in 1857, right part, Muggleswick Parish (7.7 MB) Link
  • Scan from original paper copy, showing Pease's Quarry (Sandstone), near Park Head Depot. Zoom to 400% for close-up view.