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Muggleswick (County Durham)

The village of Muggleswick is located in the north of Muggleswick parish. The parish is on the north-eastern edge of the North Pennines and bounded to the north by the River Derwent. All Saints Church within the village contains a number of features dedicated as war memorials including a First World War memorial triptych and two WW2 features commemorating men who fell in the conflict. The village memorial cross in the churchyard also bears the names of men of the village who died during the two World Wars; 7 names for WW1 and a single name for WW2. It is strange that the WW2 plaques in the church refer to at least three men who died in the conflict whilst the cross only records one. It is possible that those on plaques of the church were not residents of the village or parish and the memorials are later additions to the church by people who moved to the area.

In the eastern spur of the parish south of Healyfield there are the remains of a rifle range that clearly shows up on historic maps of the early 20th century. It is likely that the range was in use during the First World War, perhaps as a training site across the moorland of Whitehall Moss. It remains on maps up to the 1960's so might well have been used during WW2 as well.

Reference number:D44412
Event(s):The identification of Historic Landscapes in Durham Project; Chris Blandford Associates

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