Site type: DMV

The area of the settlement remains is now ploughed but faint traces of enclosures can be seen to the south of the present road with an east-west hollow way at the south of these enclosures, forming the boundary with the surrounding ridge and furrow. It is located 500m to the south-west of the deserted settlement of Shotton.

The Foxton place-name first appears in 1170. [1] Tenants are recorded in the fourteenth century with four separate named tenants in 1387. [2] In 1666 for Foxton and Shotton 17 people are listed in the Hearth Tax. [3] The earthwork evidence would suggest a settlement.

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

[1] Watts, V. 2007. The Place-Names of County Durham Part 1. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society: 184-185.
[2] Curtis, M. 1928. ‘Sedgefield’, in W. Page (ed.) A History of the Country of Durham Volume 3: 321-343. London: The St Catherine Press.
[3] 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 363248

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:
53 (and Shotton) (Township)
Census 1841 total population:
44 (and Shotton) (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 336
Investigation history:
1981 Field Visit.
Cartographic or photographic records:
RAF 541/23 3062-3 Taken 16 May 1948.
CUCAP AQP57-59 Taken 14 January 1967.
Site status:
Not Scheduled
x coordinate:
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