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Frosterley

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Frosterley is a village in County Durham, in England. It is situated in Weardale, on the River Wear close to its confluence with Bollihope Burn; between Wolsingham and Stanhope; 18 miles west of Durham City and 26 miles southwest of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.Frosterley is on the Weardale Railway. Heritage trains currently run to Stanhope and WolsinghamHistoryThe area has been inhabited since Mesolithic times: Mesolithic flints and Neolithic stones axes have been found in the vicinity. A bronze spearhead was found in a local quarry dating to the late Bronze Age circa 1000 BC. The village itself has medieval origins and although the original houses have long been replaced the village still retains its medieval pattern.On the north of the village are the remains of St Botolph’s Chapel. What remains is an earthwork mound surrounded by a modern housing estate (Kirk Rise). The site was excavated in 1995, before the estate was built, and the probable remains of an ecclesiastical building was discovered. It is thought this was built around the 10th or 11th century and dedicated to the east Anglican saint St. Botolph who lived in the 7th century and was very popular in medieval times though little is now known about him. It is thought the village originally may have been named after the saint. The earliest reference to its current name occurs in the Close Rolls of 1239, where it appears as Frosterlegh meaning the clearing in the forest.
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