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Coatham Mundeville (County Durham)

The village of Coatham Mundeville lies a few miles to the north of Darlington; it was once part of the larger parish of Haughton-le-Skerne. Until the construction of the modern A1, the Great North Road ran through the village.

The only known archaeological and historical sites belong to the medieval period or later. There are hints that the village may once have been larger, and there are the possible remains of some of the medieval settlements, which can still be seen as earthworks. A medieval chapel once also stood near Coatham, which served much of the parish of Haughton before it had a parish church. Unfortunately, there is nothing to see at the site now.

The village was first recorded in the 14th century. The first part of the name is a version of the Old English word cot, which means 'at the cottage'. The Mundeville part of the name is the name of the Norman knight, Thomas de Amundavilla, who owned the village until 1274.

The church of St. Mary Magdalene was built in the late 19th Century and once housed a First World War memorial plaque detailing those of the village who served in the conflict. The church is now closed and has been converted into a private residence - the war memorial was moved to Brafferton Village Hall nearby.

The area has remained mainly agircultural in nature, though it increasingly becoming a commuter settlement for the expanding town of Darlington.

Reference number:D6764

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