Friday, 28 August 2009

Houghall /Hocchale: Place in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Series ****

Houghall is a hamlet in County Durham, in England.

Shincliffe Bridge over the River Wear at Houghall

It is situated approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the south of Durham city centre. It is the location of part of East Durham & Houghall Community College, associated gardens, a small number of houses and a restaurant.
Coal was mined from the Hutton seam in Houghall from 1840 and a colliery village built during the 1860s although many miners lived in nearby Shincliffe.
Mining declined from the 1880s and the village was demolished in the 1950s, the area landscaped and turned over to picturesque woodland. The foundations of some mining houses still remain.
Houghall woods

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