Site type: DMV

The site of Shotton can be seen clearly from above. An east-west hollow way can be seen surrounded on either side by rectangular enclosures. The site is only 500m to the north-east of the deserted site of Foxton. Shotton is first mentioned in the mid-thirteenth century. [1] In 1347 tenants are recorded at Shotton. [2] By the sixteenth century there is only the manor mentioned. [3] In 1666 for Foxton and Shotton 17 people are listed in the Hearth Tax. [4]

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: 185.
[2] NMR Pastscape Record No. 25740.
[3] Curtis, M. 1928. ‘Sedgefield’, in W. Page (ed.) A History of the Country of Durham Volume 3: 321-343. London: The St Catherine Press.
[4] 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 368254

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 (Foxton and) (Township)
Census 1841 total population:
44 (Foxton and) (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 353
Investigation history:
1957 Field Visit.
1961 Field Visit.
1981 Field Visit.
2007 Durham Aggregates Area NMP.
Cartographic or photographic records:
RAF CPE/UK/1835 3038-40, 4096-4097 Taken 13 November 1946.
CUCAP UY93 Taken 31 May 1957.
CUCAP UZ2-4 Taken 31 May 1957.
CUCAP AQP61-62 Taken 14 January 1967.
CUCAP BAB95-97 Taken 20 November 1969.
CUCAP BAC5-7 Taken 20 November 1969.
NMR NZ 3625/16 (17262/55) Taken 18 March 1999.
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

CUCAP Aerial Photographs