"This ancient parish includes the townships of Cold Hesleden, Dalton, and Murton. Previous to 1843 it also embraced the township of Dawdon, which in that year was constituted a distinct parish, called Seaham Harbour.
"Cold Hesleden Township comprises an area of 1031 acres, and its ratable value is £6010.
"Dalton-le-Dale Township has an area of 797 acres, and its ratable value £4373.
"Murton, or Murton East, Township contains an area of 1446 acres, and the ratable value is £15,646.
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]