"This parish is bounded on the north by Low Fell, on the east by Eighton Banks, on the south by Birtley, on the west by Tanfield, and on the north-west by Whickham. A large portion of the parish of Eighton Banks was formed from this parish, which still embraces the townships of Hedley, Kibblesworth, Lamesley (part of), and Ravensworth.
"Hedley Township. The ratable values of the township is £1633.
"Kibblesworth Township. The ratable value of this township is £7974.
"Lamesley Township - This township, which gives its name to the parish, is rich in coal, and stone of a superior quality, well adapted for the purpose of mill and grind stones. There are several large quarries at work in this township, and coal is extensively wrought at the Ravensworth collieries. Its ratable value is £28,676."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]