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'''Evenwood''' (often spelt Eavenwood in old records) is a small village six miles south-west of Bishop Auckland. It stands on an eminence, or steep bank, on the south side of the river Gaunless. Flint tools and arrowheads from the Mezolithic and Bronze ages have been found there. Little survives in the area from these early remains until the medieval period. There was certainly a village by the end of the Anglo-Saxon period when it was Efenwuda, an Anglo-Saxon name meaning “the wood on flat ground”. There are historic records of the village being given by King Cnut/Canute to the church of Durham whilst on his pilgrimage in 1020 to the shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham. Some time afterwards it became the estate of the Hansard family. The buildings of the medieval village were clustered around a green, centred in the eastern part of the modern village. (At the green traffic island on Newholme Cres, 200m north-west of Stones End). It had no parish church, however a chapel dedicated to St Hugh once stood 1/4 mile to the south-west of the manor. (Along with its quarter acre garden it was ruined and derelict by 1600).
'''Evenwood''' (often spelt Eavenwood in old records) is a small village six miles south-west of Bishop Auckland. It stands on an eminence, or steep bank, on the south side of the river Gaunless. Flint tools and arrowheads from the Mezolithic and Bronze ages have been found there. Little survives in the area from these early remains until the medieval period. There was certainly a village by the end of the Anglo-Saxon period when it was Efenwuda, an Anglo-Saxon name meaning “the wood on flat ground”. There are historic records of the village being given by King Cnut/Canute to the church of Durham whilst on his pilgrimage in 1020 to the shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham. Some time afterwards it became the estate of the Hansard family. The buildings of the medieval village were clustered around a green, centred in the eastern part of the modern village. (At the green traffic island on Newholme Cres, 200m north-west of Stones End). It had no parish church, however a chapel dedicated to St Hugh once stood 1/4 mile to the south-west of the manor. (Along with its quarter acre garden it was ruined and derelict by 1600).
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By 1195 out of the vast forests in the area the Prince Bishops of Durham had developed ten parks including one at Evenwood. Thus it became known as the barony of Evenwood, situated about a quarter of a mile west of the road from Durham to Barnard Castle. This was one of the early baronies of the Bishopric, held by the family of Hansard. Evenwood was bought from John Hansard by Bishop Anthony Bek in 1294. Bek came from a family of knights and had close ties to the crown. As a symbol of his status he built himself a private chapel at Auckland Castle. It had an internal length of 130 feet and walls five feet thick. The chapel remained in use for the next 300 years. Bek and his successors maintained a manor-house at Evenwood along with the park. Bek is also said to have given Evenwood manor to the convent. Bishop Beaumont granted the manor to Lord Ralph de Nevill for life in 1331.
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By 1195 out of the vast forests in the area the Prince Bishops of Durham had developed ten parks including one at Evenwood. Thus it became known as the barony of Evenwood, situated about a quarter of a mile west of the road from Durham to Barnard Castle. This was one of the early baronies of the Bishopric, held by the family of Hansard. Evenwood was bought from John Hansard by Bishop Anthony Bek (1245-1311) in 1294. Bek came from a family of knights and had close ties to the crown. As a symbol of his status he built himself a private chapel at Auckland Castle. It had an internal length of 130 feet and walls five feet thick. The chapel remained in use for the next 300 years. Bek and his successors maintained a manor-house at Evenwood along with the park. Stony castles are well-known to be drafty and cold, and Evenwood's was likely small as well. Hence it appears not to have been favoured by the bishops. Bek is said to have given Evenwood manor to the convent. Bishop Lewis de Beaumont (1270-1333) granted the manor to [[Neville-59|Ralph (Neville) de Neville (abt.1291-1367)]] for life in 1331.
The 300 acre deer-hunting park was about one mile long by half a mile wide. The River Gaunless ran through the middle, and the eastern end was close to the current bridge. It could be ridden through easily in less than an hour hence hunting expeditions would have roamed far beyond it. In short, the park was little more than a larder. The offices of parker and forester had little appeal to the Durham gentry. Appointed men had to perform the duties in person rather than by deputy, and later recognisances were used to ensure they served faithfully. In 1458 one hundred fallow deer were said to be held within its confines. Regarding hawking, the lands west of Evenwood were said to be "not ill-adapted to that sport, though in some parts hilly."
The 300 acre deer-hunting park was about one mile long by half a mile wide. The River Gaunless ran through the middle, and the eastern end was close to the current bridge. It could be ridden through easily in less than an hour hence hunting expeditions would have roamed far beyond it. In short, the park was little more than a larder. The offices of parker and forester had little appeal to the Durham gentry. Appointed men had to perform the duties in person rather than by deputy, and later recognisances were used to ensure they served faithfully. In 1458 one hundred fallow deer were said to be held within its confines. Regarding hawking, the lands west of Evenwood were said to be "not ill-adapted to that sport, though in some parts hilly."


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