"This parish, which comprises no dependent townships, is bounded on the north by Monk Hesledon and Hart, on the west by Sedgefield, on the south by the chapelry of Wolviston and Grindon, and on the east by Hart and Greatham. It includes the manors, granges, or farmholds of Amerston, Newton Hansard, Bruntoft, Close, Stotfold and Poplar Row. The area of the parish is 4321 acres, and it was assessed to the County rate at £2779.
"The land is principally held by freehold tenure, and the manorial rights are vested in the different proprietors. Hutchinson, writing of this parish 110 years ago, says, "In this parish there is neither town nor village, cottage house for the poor, surgeon or apothecary, midwife, blacksmith, joiner, house-carpenter, mason, bricklayer, cart- or wheelwright, weaver, butcher, shoemaker, tailor or barber, schoolmaster or schoolmistress, alehouse, public bakehouse, grocer, or chandler's shop, or a corn mill." By adding a school and two cottages, a blacksmith's and a joiner's shop, to the above description, we have the parish as it was in the year 1892."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]