Tyne and Wear HER(303): Great Usworth village - Details
Great Usworth village
Part of the bishops's estates, the earliest documentary reference appears to be 1183. Hatfield's Survey in the 14th century records the village as split between Sir William Hilton (2 parts) and Alice de Moderby (1 part). The Hilton family remained the principal landowners until the sale, in 1750, of their estate which then consisted of 7 farms. The regular 2-row plan with green survives, though many of the buildings are modern. There are stone buildings, mostly 19th century and much altered at the east end of the green. Outside the west end of the green is the church, and outside the east end the school.
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