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Parish in the County of Durham


In 1831 the parish of Sedgefield comprised seven townships, Bradbury and the Isle, Butterwick, Embleton, Fishburn, Foxton with Shotton, Mordon and Sedgefield. It had a total area of 17,480 acres, most of it level ground, nowhere rising above 400ˈ above sea level. It is watered by the river Skerne and its tributaries. The soil near the rivers and streams is alluvial, elsewhere clay overlying the Magnesian limestone. In 1905 a little over a third of the parish was under cultivation, the rest given up to pasture. The chief crops were oats, wheat, barley, potatoes and turnips, VCH III 321.

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