Whessoe

 

 

Site type: DMV

The area of the village site is under plough and any trace of earthworks has disappeared. These however can be seen on earlier photography and seem to show a row of enclosures 270m to the south of Whessoe Grange. These could present one row of properties around a green, perhaps suggested by the field to the north. These enclosures are abutted to the south by ridge and furrow. Close to Whessoe Grange are the ruins of a sixteenth-century manor house which was converted from a twelfth-century chapel. [1]

In 1183 there are at least six separate landholders. [2] In the fourteenth century a large number of tenants are recorded as well as fees for brewing and woodland. [3] This would suggest a larger settlement than the current remains allude to.

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

References:
[1] Pevsner, N. and R. Williamson 1983. The Buildings of England: Durham. London: Penguin Books: 501.
[2] Austin, D. 1982. Bolden Book Northumberland and Durham. Chichester: Phillimore: 63.
[3] Greenwell, W. 1857. Bishop Hatfield’s Survey. Durham: Publications of the Surtees Society 32: 9-11.
Pre-1974 county:
Durham
Historic parish:
Whessoe
Present county or unitary area:
Darlington
Modern parish:
Whessoe
Grid reference:
NZ 276182
Latitude:
54.55830147
Longitude:
-1.57474721

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:
77 (and Beaumont Hill) (Township)
Census 1841 total population:
118 (Township)
Census 1841 inhabited houses:
21
E179 date and type last doc:
1662 May 19 hearth tax
Additional information
Alternative names:
Presumed date of depopulation:
NMR number:
23619
HER number:
DURH 1529
Investigation history:
1952 Field Visit.
1953 Field Visit.
1981 Field Visit.
Cartographic or photographic records:
RAF F22/543/369 0039-40 Taken 28 August 1958.
CUCAP BAC25-30 Taken 20 November 1969.
Site status:
Not Scheduled
x coordinate:
427600
y coordinate:
518200
Bibliography:
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
www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=23619