"This parish was formed from that of Haughton in 1856, and comprises the townships of Morton Palms and Sadberge.
"Sadberge Township gives name to the parish and comprises an area of 1944 acres. Its ratable value was £3358 in 1893.
"The village of Sadberge occupies the summit of an eminence, on the road between Darlington and Stockton, and four miles east by north from the former place. There are several well-built houses in the village, also a tannery, which was established early in the present century. At the west end, a large reservoir has been made by the Stockton and Middlesbrough Water Board. In the centre of the green is a large boulder of mountain limestone, which was found twelve feet below the surface during the excavations.
"Morton, with Morton Palms, forms a township, comprising an area of 1271 acres, and rated to the County, in 1893, at £2284. The Stockton and Darlington Railway extends into this township. Great Morton is situated on the south side of the road from Darlington to Yarm, and Morton Palms on the north.
"Little Burdon, situated to the west of Sadberge, was formerly the property of the nuns of Neasham; and at the dissolution of the religious houses, its rents were valued at £5, 5s. 4d.
"The hamlet of Morton Palms consists of a few farms and a public house, and is three miles east from Darlington."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]