Site type: DMV

There are clear village earthworks visible to the south of the current farm. These earthworks are 500m to the north of those of Swainston. They consist of a number of enclosures to either side of two north-south hollow ways.

The site of Embleton was given by King John to Gilbert de Hansard in 1199. [1] There is a manorial history of the site and a chapel is recorded from the sixteenth century. [1] In 1563 there are eight households recorded. In 1666 18 people were listed in the Hearth Tax. [2] The earthworks show definite settlement desertion.

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

[1] Curtis, M. 1928. ‘Sedgefield’, in W. Page (ed.) A History of the Country of Durham Volume 3: 321-343. London: The St Catherine Press.
[2] Green, A., E. Parkinson and M. Spufford 2006. County Durham Hearth Tax Assessment Lady Day 1666. London: British Record Society: 44, 135.
Pre-1974 county:
Historic parish:
Present county or unitary area:
County Durham
Modern parish:
Grid reference:
NZ 420298

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:
Census 1801 total population:
98 (Township)
Census 1841 total population:
98 (Township)
Census 1841 inhabited houses:
E179 date and type last doc:
1662 May 19 hearth tax
Additional information
Alternative names:
Presumed date of depopulation:
NMR number:
HER number:
DURH 174
Investigation history:
1981 Field Visit.
2006-2007 Durham Aggregate Areas NMP.
Cartographic or photographic records:
RAF 540/642 3208-3209 Taken 10 December 1951.
CUCAP UY80-81, 85-88 Taken 31 May 1957.
CUCAP BLK50-52 Taken 16 January 1973.
CUCAP CLP52-54 Taken 10 May 1980.
Site status:
Not Scheduled
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y coordinate:
Beresford, M.W. 1954. The Lost Villages of England. London: Lutterworth Press: 350.

Beresford, M.W. and J.G. Hurst (eds) 1971. Deserted Medieval Villages. London: Lutterworth.
See also:
NMR Pastscape

CUCAP Aerial Photographs