Thrislington

 

 

Site type: DMV

The remains of the village of Thrislington have been badly damaged during quarrying activity, but rescue excavations were undertaken in 1973-1974. [1] These excavations revealed evidence of toft boundaries, a chapel, industrial areas, houses and a manor house. [1] The east-west track present in the 1970s signified the medieval routeway through the settlement and on either side of this were enclosures which backed onto ridge and furrow. [1] These enclosures seemed to represent tofts with building platforms to the front of them. [1] The excavations suggested the manor house was constructed in the twelfth century and abandoned in the early fourteenth century. [1] Excavation of buildings in the tofts suggests they appear in the thirteenth century and some disappear by the middle of the fifteenth century, while others continue until the sixteenth century. [1]

Due to Thrislington being a secular freehold, there is little record of its development. It is recorded in 1208 as a holding of Roger de Thurstanton, tenants are mentioned in 1262, but then do not appear again until the mid-fourteenth century. [1] By the end of the sixteenth century all the landholdings at Thrislington were in the hands of one family and this seems to signify the final desertion of the village. [1]

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

References:
[1] Austin, D. 1989. The Deserted Medieval Village of Thrislington, Co Durham: Excavation 1973-1974. London: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series No 12.
Pre-1974 county:
Durham
Historic parish:
Thrislington
Present county or unitary area:
County Durham
Modern parish:
Cornforth
Grid reference:
NZ 306333
Latitude:
54.69382361
Longitude:
-1.52679094

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:
24 (Township)
Census 1841 inhabited houses:
3
E179 date and type last doc:
1662 May 19 hearth tax
Additional information
Alternative names:
Presumed date of depopulation:
1500-1600
NMR number:
26005
HER number:
DURH 1104
Investigation history:
1954 Field Visit.
1959 Field Visit.
1973-1974 Excavation.
1980 Field Visit.
2006-2007 Durham Aggregate Areas NMP.
Cartographic or photographic records:
RAF 543/396 0035 Taken 24 September 1958.
Austin, D. 1989. The Deserted Medieval Village of Thrislington, Co Durham: Excavation 1973-1974. London: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series No 12. Plans pp. 8, 160. Aerial Photograph Plate 1.
Site status:
Not Scheduled
x coordinate:
430600
y coordinate:
533300
Bibliography:
Austin, D. 1989. The Deserted Medieval Village of Thrislington, Co Durham: Excavation 1973-1974. London: Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series No 12.

Beresford, M.W. and J.G. Hurst (eds) 1971. Deserted Medieval Villages. London: Lutterworth.
See also:
NMR Pastscape
www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=26005