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Local History

Bishop Auckland (County Durham)

Many of the villages within the parish of Bishop Auckland contain sites and buildings that were utilised in the war effort during the First World War, and since the war a number of sites, monuments and memorials have been created to commemorate the contributions made by the inhabitants of those places. Town memorials such as the statue at Coundon and the cenotaph at Newfield are centrally located and serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made whilst many of the local churches and public buildings contain additional memorials in the form of Rolls of Honour, books of remembrance and plaques dedicated to the memory of individuals. Bishop Auckland has many of these features as well as buildings like the Auckland Union Workhouse which served as the Oakland Military Hospital during WW1 and then a POW camp in WW2.

Reference number:D44396
Event(s):The identification of Historic Landscapes in Durham Project; Chris Blandford Associates

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