Papers relating to parsonage houses and benefice and chapelry income created by or for the predecessors of the Church Commissioners and consisting of:
1. Nineteen bundles of papers and architectural plans, 1832-1940, each of which concerns a parsonage house which had been disposed of by the Church Commissioners prior to 1971. Seventeen of these bundles relate to parishes or chapelries in the archdeaconries of Durham and Auckland in the diocese of Durham and have been arranged in one alphabetical sequence according to place. The remaining bundles relate to Branxton, 1837-1838, and Slaley, 1906-1923, both then in the archdeaconry of Northumberland (since 1882 part of the diocese of Newcastle); with the permission of the Church Commissioners these two bundles might at some stage be transferred to the Northumberland Record Office to join similar material already held there.
2. Plan of an estate at West Auckland, Co. Durham, 1810-1811, “lately” purchased from Robert Sanderson by the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty for the augmentation of the curacies of Auckland St. Andrew, Auckland St. Anne chapelry and Escomb, all in the archdeaconry of Durham.
3. Returns of benefice and chapelry etc. income made by bishops of Durham to the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty in pursuance of Acts of Parliament of 5 Anne, 1 George I and 45 George III:
- Sealed summary return re all benefices with cure of souls in the diocese of Durham under the value of £150 per annum, with the entries arranged by rural deaneries, 1809.
- Sealed supplemental returns for Gateshead Fell 1826, Heatherycleugh 1825, Shincliffe 1827 and Weardale St. John 1816, all in the archdeaconry of Durham.
- Sealed supplemental returns for Byrness in Elsdon and Kirkhaugh 1810 and Greenhead chapelry in Haltwhistle parish 1830, all in the archdeaconry of Northumberland (at that period still part of the diocese of Durham).