Eggleston

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Eggleston
Eggleston is located in County Durham
Eggleston
Eggleston
 Eggleston shown within County Durham
Population 448 (2011)
OS grid reference NY984227
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Barnard Castle
Postcode district DL12
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Bishop Auckland
List of places
UK
England
County Durham

Coordinates: 54°36′00″N 2°01′33″W / 54.59994°N 2.02584°W / 54.59994; -2.02584

Eggleston is a village in County Durham, in England. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 Census was 448.[1] It is situated in Teesdale, a few miles north-west of Barnard Castle.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The second element of Eggleston is Old English tün, 'enclosure, estate, settlement'. The first element could be the Cumbric word represented today by Welsh eglwys 'church'. However, the first element could also be from the Old Norse personal name Egill or an Anglo-Saxon personal name like Ecgwulf or Ecgel, in which case the name means 'Ecgel's estate'.[3]

Local lore notes the presence of a large stone (near Eggleston Hall) with iron eyelets affixed. The story is that eagles to be used in falconry, while in training, were tied to the stone with long leads. According to local knowledge the stone long ago was known as the Eagle Stone which over the centuries evolved into current place name Eggleston.

History[edit]

The village is first mentioned in tax records of 1196.[4] The remains of ridge and furrow from the medieval period can still be seen. Many of the cottages date from the 18th century and were built by the Society of Friends, who owned lead mines in the area. Forty men were employed as miners until 1904 when the company closed the smelting mills.[5]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Eggleston at Wikimedia Commons