Places names in Great Aycliffe
by Brian Gargate
An elderly lady who was born in Aycliffe says that that the lane from the railway bridge arch that is on the east side of the river Skerne, to the left fork that leads to Heworth Farm, is called the Demble. She played in the Demble when she was a girl.
Demble is a Norse word for a ‘homestead by a ravine’. A little stream ran down to the Skerne. Was there a Norse settlement on the east side of the Skerne, before there was a Saxon settlement on the west side?
To the north-east of Newton Ketton, in a singularly shaped field, four rivulets have their sources; and during a great part of the year water may be seen running in four different directions.
Source: Whelan’s Durham : 1894 edition, page 439.
Newton Ketton is about a mile south of Aycliffe.
Aycliffe field and place names in 12th century documents.
Stobthorne Potacre Wedunflate
Firtilthorn Cromhare Arkilgrigge
Arkilcroft Wrtingflat Pottacris
Eytecrosselawe Gerardum Westermaredale
Pilemorflat Threacris Wluedene
Holdene Wetherwicdal Muleford
Sandicnol Crumbeyare Firtellisthorn
Pilecnol Quitewrtheuedes Pittelismyre
Liacras Langethornflat Stottesfaldesflate
Cotflat Tofteleche Wllaues
Langwintingflat Werwiedenside Flaskes
Estemastedale de Quitwrth
Source: Surtees Society ‘Feodarium Prioratus Dunelmensis’. Vol 58, pp 58-60. Compiled in 1580 from earlier documents.