"This parish comprises the townships of Bishopton, East and West Newbiggin, and Little Stainton, and is annexed to the Sedgefield Union. It is bounded on the north by Stillington, on the north-west by Great Stainton, on the west by Aycliffe, on the south-west and south by Haughton-le-Skerne and Sadberge, on the south-east by Long Newton and Elton and on the east by Redmarshall.
"The village of Bishopton is pleasantly situated on an eminence, about six miles west-north-west from Stockton, and consists of two open rows of good houses. The parish feast is held on St. Peter's Day.
The area of the township is 2102 acres, and its annual value is £1882, 13s.
"East and West Newbiggin Township comprises an area of 831 acres, and its annual value is £456. The township is about six miles west of Stockton.
"Little Stainton Township contains 1083 acres, and its annual value is £754. Here is an extensive brick and tile works, carried on by Mr. Joseph Hill. The hamlet of Little Stainton is situated about seven miles west by north of Stockton, and a mile south of Stainton-le-Street."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]