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West Rainton lies between the City of Durham and Houghton-le-Spring, just off the A690. Leamside is situated about half a mile west of West Rainton.

West Rainton has a very intriguing and ancient history; a place where direct ancestors of Her Majesty The Queen lived at one time.

According to Robert Surtees’ The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham the origin of the name for the village derives from Reingwald, who was the son of Franco (one of the seven monks who followed the body of St. Cuthbert from Lindisfarne).

There are many different spellings of the name over hundreds of years:

Reynington (Rogero Clerio de Renington), Reynoton
Reynton, Rayntona, Rainton, and others.