"The town of Staindrop is situated on the turnpike road, between the city of Durham and Barnard Castle, 19 miles from the former and 15 from the latter. It is 32 miles by the turnpike road from Gateshead, the same distance from Sunderland, 11 from Darlington, and 244 from London. The town consists principally of one wide street, about half a mile in length, and contains several substantial houses, the residences of many respectable families. The Lnagley Beck, which is crossed by a bridge, near the east end of the church, passes it on the north, and separates it from Raby. On every side is rich and picturesque woodland scenery, through which are many pleasant walks. Raby, with its fine old castle and extensive and attractive park, is in close proximity.
"The township of Staindrop comproses an area of 1751 acres, and the property was valued for the County rate, in 1893, at £5290. Staindrop Moor has been enclosed and divided in pursuance of an Act of Parliament obtained in 1764. It contained about 500 acres, which were distributed amongst the adjoining proprietors. Snotterton, supposed to be the Cnapton of Canute, is situated about a mile west from the town of Staindrop, and was anciently a manor, though it now consists oly of a farm, with a house, called Raby Grange, bult in 1831, on the site of the old family mansion."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]