Morley, County Durham

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Morley is a village in County Durham, England.[1] It is situated five miles to the west of Bishop Auckland (OS grid reference NZ 1127). Morley is first mentioned in 1295, already with its present spelling; its coal mine was mentioned, as Morleypitte already in c. 1440. The name probably means "open ground by a moor", from Old English mōr "moor, clearing, pasture" + lẽah "open ground, clearing".[2]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 92 Barnard Castle & Richmond (Teesdale) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2011. ISBN 9780319228982. 
  2. ^ Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. MORLEY Durham.

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Coordinates: 54°37′41″N 1°50′38″W / 54.628°N 1.844°W / 54.628; -1.844