West Auckland

West Auckland

West Auckland is a village in County Durham in North East England. It is up to the A 688 about 4 km south-west of Bishop Auckland. The river Gaunless separates it from the neighboring village of Saint Helen Auckland. The village was probably inhabited since the 11th century. With the onset of coal mining in the near Witton Park Colliery and in particular with the construction of the Stockton and Darlington Railway for transporting this coal, the population increased considerably. The maiden voyage of the train started on 27 September 1825 the Brusselton height 2 km southeast of the village. The train crossed the river on the Gaunless Bridge, the first iron railway bridge.

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