Claxton

CLAXTON, a township, in the parish of Greatham, union of Stockton-upon-Tees, N. E. division of Stockton ward, S. division of the county of Durham, 7 miles (N. N. E.) from Stockton; containing 52 inhabitants. A branch of the Norman family of Heriz, settling here, assumed the local name; and numerous notices of the Claxtons occur in the records during the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries: from this family Thomas Claxton, a celebrated antiquary, and the friend and correspondent of Camden, was descended. Of the ancient manorhouse, which was deserted for Horden, no traces exist. The township comprises 866 acres: the great tithes have been commuted for £125, and the vicarial for £33.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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