Elwick Village Atlas project is a celebration of the rich heritage
of a small settlement on the outskirts of Hartlepool. The
village takes the traditional medieval form of a broad green with
buildings fronting either side. However the placename, meaning
'Ella's Dairy Farm' suggests that there was an Anglo-Saxon presence
prior to the Norman Conquest. There are also Anglo-Scandinavian
carvings built into the fabric of the Church of St. Peter that date
to the 10th or 11th centuries.
village had a manor house (Elwick Hall) and the earthworks of a
medieval fishpond survive to the west, built to ensure the lord
of the manor had a constant supply of fresh fish for the dinner
lying close to the A19 trunk road the village still has an agricultural
feel and contains many cottages and farm buildings from the 18th
and 19th centuries, and possibly earlier.
World War II the village was classed as a coastal defended locality
and pillboxes were built at either end of the village. The
village expanded shortly after the war with additional housing built
on its northern side along North Lane. A new school and several
cul-de-sacs were also added in the later half of the 20th century.