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East Allerdean Deserted Village (Ancroft)

Although only a farm remains here now, it was once a medieval village. It used to be part of the estates of the Bishop of Durham. It appears to have survived until the 18th century. A map of 1769 shows a hamlet where the farm is now. A date stone on a disused smithy has the inscription '1696'. The remains of two cottages lie on the south side of the road through the farm. No other remains can be seen though. Villages often shrunk, or were even deserted, in the late medieval or post-medieval period.

Reference number:N2297
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Ancroft


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