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History of Durham, England

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Durham, England

Durham is a city in the North-East of England and is well known for its Norman cathedral and 11th-century castle. Durham Cathedral is famous for being the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert and Saint Bede the Venerable, and the castle has been the home of Durham University since 1832.

The name "Durham" comes from the Old English "dun", meaning hill, and the Old Norse "holme", which translates to island.

The present city can clearly be traced back to AD 995, when a group of monks from Lindisfarne chose to found a church on its high peninsula to settle with the body of Saint Cuthbert, that had previously lain in Chester-le-Street.

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  • News 1416 - Durham suffered a severe outbreak of the plague.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • News 1470 - The rebuilding of the central tower of Durham Cathedral was completed. The original tower had been struck by lightning

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • News 1574 - A footbridge was built across the River Wear. It was swept away in a flood in 1771.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • News 1589 - Durham suffered an outbreak of the plague.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • News 1597 - Durham suffered another severe outbreak of plague.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • Durham, England
    Barnard Castle
    Postcard
  • News 1657 - Oliver Cromwell established Durham College. It was suppressed in 1660 following the Restoration of the monarchy.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • News 1661 - The grammar school founded in 1414 in Durham was rebuilt and became a well known public school.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • News 1700s - A mustard making industry began in the early part of the century in Durham

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • Durham, England
    Bishop Aukland Market Place
    Postcard
  • News 1722 - Durham's first theatre opened.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • News 1771 - Durham suffered a severe flood which swept away the footbridge across the Wear which had been built in 1574. Elvet Bridge was also damaged.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • News 1800s - Durham became renowned for organ making and carpet making.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • Durham, England
    Wynyard Park
    Postcard
  • News 1824 - Gas street lighting was introduced in Durham.

    http://www.visitoruk.com

  • 1895 - Durham
    Dur'ham, formerly Dun/ holme (L. Dunel'mia, Dun el'mum, or Dunholmum), a city of England, capital of the above county, nearly in its centre, at the...Read MORE...




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History and News of Durham, England

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  • News  1416 - Durham suffered a severe outbreak of the plague.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1470 - The rebuilding of the central tower of Durham Cathedral was completed. The original tower had been struck by lightning

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1574 - A footbridge was built across the River Wear. It was swept away in a flood in 1771.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1589 - Durham suffered an outbreak of the plague.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1597 - Durham suffered another severe outbreak of plague.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1657 - Oliver Cromwell established Durham College. It was suppressed in 1660 following the Restoration of the monarchy.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1661 - The grammar school founded in 1414 in Durham was rebuilt and became a well known public school.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1700s - A mustard making industry began in the early part of the century in Durham

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1722 - Durham's first theatre opened.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1771 - Durham suffered a severe flood which swept away the footbridge across the Wear which had been built in 1574. Elvet Bridge was also damaged.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1800s - Durham became renowned for organ making and carpet making.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1824 - Gas street lighting was introduced in Durham.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • 1895 - Durham
    Dur'ham, formerly Dun/ holme (L. Dunel'mia, Dun el'mum, or Dunholmum), a city of England, capital of the above county, nearly in its centre, at the... Read MORE...

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