Burdon, Little



Site type: DMH

There are faint features still seen surrounding Little Burdon Farm. To the north there are a number of low banks at the edge of the ridge and furrow. There have been a number of different interpretations of these banks. These include that the ridge and furrow is later in date than the settlement remains, but the banks more likely signify the edge of the ridge and furrow. [1] If they are the edge of the ridge and furrow then any settlement in the area may be hidden in the area of the present farm which sits in this area. Some earthworks that had previously been seen in the area have been infilled. [1]

Little Burdon is mentioned in 1183. [2]. From the thirteenth to the early sixteenth century some land is owned by Neasham Priory and they take tithes from Little Burdon. [3] It is unclear the extent of any settlement at this site and is classed as a hamlet by this website.

Appears in the Gazetteer of Deserted Medieval Villages known in 1968.

[1] NMR Pastscape Record No. 25596.
[2] Austin, D. 1982. Bolden Book Northumberland and Durham. Chichester: Phillimore: 17.
[3] Cornford, M. 1907. 'Priory of St Mary, Neasham', in W. Page (ed.) A History of the County of Durham. Volume 2: 106-108. London: Archibald Constable and Company.
Pre-1974 county:
Historic parish:
Morton Palms
Present county or unitary area:
Modern parish:
Morton Palms
Grid reference:
NZ 330164

Documentary resources
Domesday reference:
Domesday minimum number of individuals:
Taxation 1291 (main):
Not recorded
Taxation 1291 (portions):
Not recorded
Lay subsidy 1334 total paid:
Poll Tax 1377 number who paid:
Poll Tax 1377 total paid:
Poll Tax 1379 number who paid:
Poll Tax 1379 total paid:
Poll Tax 1381 number who paid:
Poll Tax 1381 total paid:
Lay subsidy 1524 number who paid:
Lay Subsidy 1524 total paid:
Lay Subsidy 1525 number who paid:
Lay Subsidy 1525 total paid:
Lay Subsidy 1543/4 number who paid:
Diocesan returns 1563:
Not recorded
Census 1801 total population:
Not recorded
Census 1841 total population:
Not recorded
Census 1841 inhabited houses:
Not recorded
E179 date and type last doc:
Additional information
Alternative names:
Presumed date of depopulation:
NMR number:
HER number:
DURH 311
Investigation history:
1953 Field Visit.
1962 Field Visit.
1981 Field Visit.
Cartographic or photographic records:
RAF CPE/UK/1835 3234-5 Taken 13 November 1946.
CUCAP UZ10-11 Taken 31 May 1957.
Site status:
Not Scheduled
x coordinate:
y coordinate:
Beresford, M.W. and J.G. Hurst (eds) 1971. Deserted Medieval Villages. London: Lutterworth.
See also:
NMR Pastscape