"Stanhope Parish, the most extensive in the county of Durham, formerly comprised, with its dependent chapelries, an area of 54,780 acres, and extended from the parish of Wolsingham on the south-east to the boundaries of the county of Cumberland on the west. It was bounded on the north-east and north by the parishes of Muggleswick, Edmund Byers, and Hunstanworth, and part of the county of Northumberland, and on the south and south-west by Middleton in Teesdale. During the past thirty years no less than six distinct parishes have been formed, several of which were, however, chapelries previous to that time. The following are the parishes referred to, as having formerly been comprised in the original parish of Stanhope - Eastgate, Frosterley, Heathery Cleugh, Rookhope, St. John's Weardale, and Westgate. Frosterley parish also comprises a portion of Wolsingham.
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]