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Coordinates: 54°42′47″N 1°44′56″W / 54.713°N 1.749°W / 54.713; -1.749

Crook is located in County Durham

 Crook shown within County Durham
Population 13,000 (Estimate 2009); 8,573 (2001)[1]
OS grid reference NZ165356
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CROOK
Postcode district DL15
Dialling code 01388
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament North West Durham
List of places: UK • England • County Durham

Crook (uncommonly known as Crook Market Town) is a market town in County Durham, England. It is situated about 10 miles (16 km) south-west of Durham.

Crook lies a couple of miles north of the River Wear, on the A690 from Durham. This turns into the A689 leading up into the scenic upper reaches of Weardale, through Wolsingham and Stanhope.

Crook has a famous amateur football team, Crook Town F.C.. Crook Town have won the FA Amateur Cup five times, whilst also once reaching the third round of the FA Cup, most recently beating Enfield F.C. in 1964, before the cup was abolished in 1974. This record is second only to Crook's near neighbours, Bishop Auckland F.C..



Crook first appeared as an agricultural village around 1800.[2] 40 years later; Crook became a mining village, and thrived as the coal was very close to the surface[2] and soon there were over 20 mines around the crook area, and by the end of the nineteenth century the town had developed rapidly in population and economy. However a lot of the population in the area had declined in the following century as the coal mines and industries closed with over 34% of the population being unemployed.[2]

Buildings and Hills

Crook has a stunning backdrop of traditional and modern buildings. The tallest building in the town is the Council Building. It has 5 floors and stands at about 100ft dominating the Crook Skyline. However, the council building is dwarfed by Crook's Surrounding Hills. Hills completely surround the town except on the south side. The tallest stands at 300 metres above the town, about 980 ft! The highest point in the town is on West Road where the height is 210 metres about 690ft.


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