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Killerby (County Durham)

The village of Killerby lies in the south of County Durham. The earliest remains recorded in this area is a simple flint knife of spearhead of Neolithic or Bronze Age date.

The village of Killerby was first recorded in 1091. Its name means 'Kilbert's village' in Old Norse. The name Kilvert is thought to be an Old Norse name meaning `One who defends the prow of a ship'.This suggest that there has been a settlement here since the Viking era. The village was relaid out in the medieval period. As with many other villages in County Durham the houses were arranged in two rows with a central village green.


In the late 18th century Killerby was the home to the Booth family, a well-known family of agriculturalists. They were responsible for making advances in breeding Shorthorn cattle. They bought their first herd in around 1790.

Reference number:D6845
Event(s):Heart of Teesdale Project Heritage Audit; North of England Civic Trust

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