"Muggleswick Park was enclosed, and the grange, "Manerium de Mugleswic" (Halmote Rolls), built by Hugh, prior of the convent of Durham. Bishop Pudsey gave to the prior and convent the vill of Mucliagwis, in exchange for Hesdwic; he added pasture in "Herseliehope," "Histeshope" (names still existing), and "Baldinghope" (name unknown, unless the present "Burdonhope"). Bishop Kirkham gave them liberty to enclose a park within the bounds, the boundaries of which are set down. Bishop Stichel added woodland, called Deushelm, of 860 acres, and 14 acres of "waste," which gift was confirmed by Bishop Anthony Beck. Bishop Kirkham gave also 216 acres of wood and waste, in the valley of Horsleyhope. From Bishop Kellawe, the prior and convent obtained waste and woodland in the vill of Wolsingham, called Wascrophead. The "Manerium," or grange of Muggleswick, of which considerable remains still exist, was in fact a country house and hunting lodge of the prior and convent of Durham; it is beautifully situated close to the church. It contained a chapel, of which the east window and piscina still remain. At some little distance stood the "Vaccary," or dairy farm, of the prior, and the fish pond may be seen on the road to Edmundbyers; also close to the house, the stew, or small pond, where fish were kept at hand for use. Part of the ancient stone-paved bridle road, which led from Durham, may still be seen near the junction of the Hyeshope and Horsleyhope burns. The "manerium de Muggleswick" is named in the Halmote Court Rolls, where, on the occasion of a court, held by the steward and land-agent at Edmundbyers, certain confiscated cattle are ordered to be taken to the "manerium".
"The park of Muggleswick still retains its enclosing wall, and is apportioned, for stintage of cattle and sheep, to certain owners of farms in the vicinity, including the vicar, and the rector of Edmundbyers. This is under the management of a "steward of the park," at present the rector of Edmundbyers, who pays a herd and regulates the stintage, according to the proportion appropriated to each farm. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners, having taken the place of the Dean and Chapter of Durham, who until lately represented the prior and convent, are lords of the manor, which is let for shooting purposes, as well as the manor of Edmundbyers, and other parts of the manor of Muggleswick.
"The southern portions of this and the neighbouring parishes of Edmundbyers and Hunstanworth, which stretch westwards along the banks of the Derwent, form a continuos region of wild and rugged hills, which, though repulsive in their aspect, are rich in minerals. The village of Muggleswick, which is nine miles north by east of Stanhope, and eighteen miles west-south-west from Newcastle, is pleasantly situated at the foot of a steep hill.
"Waskerley is a hamlet, four miles south from the village, containing about thirty houses, inhabited by the workmen employed on the line, and at the mineral station here. The Waskerley and Smiddy Shaw reservoirs are situated in this parish."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]