|Region||North East England|
|• EU Parliament||North East England|
The parish originated as a chapelry within the parish of Kirklevington, which as the name indicated was the seat of the.[clarification needed] It became recognised as a separate civil parish in 1866. It formed part of the Stokesley Rural District from 1894 to 1974, when it became part of the borough of Stockton.
The parish constitutes an area to the east of the parish of Kirklevington, also bordering the parishes of Yarm, Hilton, Middleton-on-Leven, and Crathorne. It covers a number of farms: there is no substantive by the name. In the far east of the parish is the motte that gives the parish its prefix. The eastern border is the River Leven.