In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Elstob like this:
ELSTOB, a township in Great Stainton parish, Durham; on the Clarence railway, 8 miles WNW of Stockton-upon-Tees. Acres, 733. Real property, £449. Pop., 30. Houses, 6. The name is thought to be a corrup-tion of "Ella's stob, " derived from the fact that Ella the Dane, after landing, first pitched his tent here.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Elstob has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Darlington. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Elstob and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Elstob, in Darlington and County Durham | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th May 2015
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