WACKERFIELD, a township, in the parish of Staindrop, union of Teesdale, S. W. division of Darlington ward, S. division of the county of Durham, 2 miles (N. E.) from Staindrop; containing 122 inhabitants. This is one of the places said to have been given by Canute to the church of Durham; and it appears that in Bishop Langley's time a family named Sockburn held lands here under the prior of Durham. The township is on the road from Durham to Barnard-Castle, and comprises 744a. 3r. 7p.; the soil is of a mixed quality, with gravel and clay, and the scenery, which is very beautiful, embraces extensive views. An old Roman way passes on the north. The tithes have been commuted for £126. 17. 7.
Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.