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Houghton-le-Spring

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Houghton-le-Spring is a town in North East England, which has its recorded origins in Norman times. It lies in the local government district of the City of Sunderland, in the county of Tyne and Wear, but previously in County Durham prior to 1974. It is situated almost equidistant between the cathedral city of Durham 7mi southwest and Sunderland about 6mi northeast. The town of Seaham and the North Sea lie about 5mi directly east. The villages and towns of Newbottle, Fencehouses and Hetton-le-Hole lie nearby. It has a population of 36,746.Other villages within the Houghton-le-Spring postal district include: Philadelphia, Shiney Row, Chilton Moor and Woodstone Village.The A690 road from Durham to Sunderland meets the A182 in Houghton at an unusual interchange. Heading northeast, slip roads leave the A690, heading up to a roundabout, while the A690 climbs and travels above a second roundabout, before the entry slip joins the A690 itself.HistoryThe earliest mention of the town's name is in the Boldon Book in 1183 as 'Hoctona'. An English transcription states: Houghton-le-Spring is in Tyne and Wear. Put Houghton-le-Spring at the heart of your travel plans by using our United Kingdom visit site.
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