English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Parish in the County of Durham


In 1831 the parish of Grindon contained the townships of Grindon and Whitton. Whitton was subsequently transferred to Stillington and Embleton was added from Sedgefield parish in 1908. The slope of the parish is from north-west to south-east. The soil is mixed on Magnesian limestone and Keuper marl. In 1905 there were 1,037 acres in cultivation, 1,927 under grass and 845 acres of woods and plantations.The chief crops were wheat, oats and barley, VCH III 247.

Major Settlements