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Coordinates: 54°42′N 1°35′W / 54.70°N 1.59°W / 54.70; -1.59

Spennymoor is located in County Durham

 Spennymoor shown within County Durham
Population 17,241 (2001) [1]
OS grid reference NZ261340
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL16
Dialling code 01388
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Bishop Auckland
List of places: UK • England • County Durham

Spennymoor is a town in County Durham, England. It stands above the Wear Valley approximately seven miles south of Durham. The town was founded over 160 years ago. The Town Council area, which includes the villages of Kirk Merrington, Middlestone Moor, Byers Green and Tudhoe, has a population of approximately 20,000.


Spennymoor Town

Like much of the former Sedgefield district, it has suffered severe economic depression since the decline of the coal mining industry. Local schemes funded by the Single Regeneration Budget are aiming to re-establish the area as a location of economic competitive advantage.

The main attractions in Spennymoor are the local leisure centre, and the Victoria Jubilee Park which was given to the people of the town by Queen Victoria to celebrate the jubilee of her reign, and is sited on land which was once part of the Whitworth Hall estate of the Shafto family. Until World War II there was a cannon from the Crimean War on display in the park, this was taken away to be melted down for munitions. A Millennium Arch was erected in the park.

The leisure centre houses a swimming pool, and offers swimming lessons, football coaching, martial arts tutoring, tennis lessons, badminton practice, a gymnasium and gymnastic workouts and is also home to a new 'state of the art' Regional Gymnasium Centre,made possible by funding from the National Lottery, Sport England and Sedgefield Borough Council, and is amongst the most modern in the country.

Spennymoor was where Henry Bessemer discovered and patented the Bessemer process which revolutionised the world we live in by allowing the mass production of steel and pig iron at a low cost[citation needed].

There are also plans for a new Regional Arts Centre to be added to the Leisure Centre, which stands at the junction of High Street and Cheapside in the town centre.[1]

Tudhoe Cricket Ground was the victim of a rogue V1 flying bomb during the Second World War. The bomb was possibly aimed at Manchester[citation needed], in which case it travelled over a hundred miles North East of its target, though other sources say that the bomb was intended for the docks at nearby Hartlepool, and this seems far more likely. Whichever it was, the blast was powerful enough to make a crater in the cricket ground, and blew out the windows of surrounding houses (including those of the local St. Charles' Church) as well as shaking a great many other buildings.


Town motto: Spe Nemo Ruet - With Hope No-One Shall Fail

Anne Wood, creator of the Teletubbies and In The Night Garden was brought up in Spennymoor.

Spennymoor Town F.C. are the main local football team.



Whitworth Hall

Dating from 1183, The Whitworth Hall estate was owned by and home to the Shafto family for over 300 years, including County Durham MP "Bonnie Bobby Shafto", made famous by the well known ballad and nursery rhyme. It is now the site of Whitworth Hall Hotel and the deer park for which the estate is famed is still well tended, as is the walled garden.

Spennymoor Settlement

A local arts community founded in the 1930s by Bill & Betty Farrell with the aid of the Pilgrim Trust, "To encourage tolerant neighbourliness and voluntary social services and give its members opportunities for increasing their knowledge, widening their interests, and cultivating their creative powers in a friendly atmosphere". The Settlement was home to the towns first library, and amongst famous local people who were a part of its history were Norman Cornish, 'the pitman painter. and Shildon born writer Sid Chaplin. The building is a centre for the arts- mostly drama and music, but other community events take place here.

Miner's Banner

A new banner was marched for the first time in the 2006 Durham Miners' Gala (The Big Meeting), representing 13 (former) local collieries. The banner was unfurled on the night before the Big Meeting, by MEP Stephen Hughes and long-time trade unionist Rodney Bickerstaffe, General Secretary of the trade union UNISON from 1995 to 2001. Its first outing on the following day began with visits to 'The Tubs', a miners memorial made from tubs once used underground in Ellington Colliery, Northumberland, which honours the memory of all of the men and boys who lost their lives in the mines of Spennymoor and district, then went on to two war memorials, the main cenotaph outside the Leisure Centre, and a smaller memorial in Tudhoe Cemetery.

Local arts and artists

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Spennymoor is a town in County Durham, England. It’s located about 7 miles from Durham City. It was a coalmining town during World War 2 and since the decline of that specific industry Spennymoor has developed into an industrial estate. Additionally the town is full of small businesses and booming housing projects. Spennymoor itself is made up of small villages, which include Byers Green, Kirk Merrington, Middlestone Moor and Tudhoe.


Get in

By Car.

From A1 (M) North or South. At Junction 61 (Durham Services) take the A688 west heading to Spennymoor/Bishop Auckland. Turn right at the Coxhoe roundabout and continue on the A688 towards Spennymoor. At Thinford Roundabout take the second turning (i.e. straight on) continue for approximately 1.8 miles. Coming from Durham - Follow the A167 to Darlington. At Thinford Roundabout take the third turning continue for approximately 1.8 miles. Coming form Darlington - Follow the A167 to Durham through Harrowgate Hill. At Thinford Roundabout take the first turning continue for approximately 1.8 miles.

By Coach.

The North East of England is connected through certain bus routes. The best way to get to Spennymoor by bus is to get to Durham bus station or Bishop Auckland bus station. Form here the there are buses leaving twice within the hour from Durham and at least once an hour from Bishop Auckland. The whole of the north east is connected by two major bus companies known as Arriva North East and Go North East.

All the travel times for buses leaving Durham are available from Traveline [1]or by calling 0871 200 22 33.

By air.

Newcastle Airport is around 30 miles north of Spennymoor. You can use the metro to get to Durham train station and then take a bus to Spennymoor. The overall price of this journey is around £10. (the train is priced around £7 and the bus £3) Durham Tees Valley Airport is around 24 miles south of Spennymoor. You can use the Darlington train station to get to Durham train station and from there either take a taxi or bus to get to Spennymoor. The overall price of this journey is £8. (the train is priced around £5 and the bus £3) Manchester Airport is around 135 miles south of Spennymoor. From Manchester you can take a train to Durham train station and from there you can either get a car or take a bus to Spennymoor. The overall price of this journey is £45. (the train is priced around £42 and the bus £3)

At all three of these airports you can rent a car.

Get around

Spennymoor Town is small enough that it can be explored on foot. But if you need a ride around Spennymoor or to see a sight in the local area then either a Taxi or Bus would be your best bet.


  • A M Taxis. Tel: 01388 810010.
  • Abbies. Tel: 01388 812614.
  • Spennymoor Taxis. Tel: 01388 815544.
  • W P M Taxis. Tel: 01388 817018.


Click here to view a Bus schedule and timetable of buses leaving Spennymoor. [2]

  • Queen Victoria Jubilee Park. Given to the people of Spennymoor by Queen Victoria to celebrate the jubilee of her reign. Jubilee Park is a large park with plenty of playing area, tennis courts, football pitches, crazy golf and 2 well maintained bowling greens. In the summer it’s a beautiful place to spend your day due to the flower displays within the park.  edit
  • Spennymoor Leisure Centre., 01388 815627, [3]. Open from 7am – 10pm Monday – Saturday and Sundays from 9am – 5pm. The leisure centre houses a swimming pool, and offers swimming lessons, football coaching, martial arts tutoring, tennis lessons, badminton practice, a gymnasium and gymnastic workouts, and is also home to a new 'state of the art' Regional Gymnasium Centre. Located behind the Town Hall on High Street.  edit
  • Town Hall., 01388 815276, [4]. Located in the centre of town it provides venues for theatrical and operatic performances, and also private functions. On a beautiful day i recommend going to the top of the tower to look over Spennymoor Town. Located on High Street in the centre of the town.  edit
  • Spennymoor Football Club., [5]. Spennymoor Football Club is the local team that plays in the Northern league division 1. They play at the Brewery Field. Located on Wood Vue. Adult £5, Senior Citizens/Concessions £2.50, Under 16's £2. Match Day Programs £1..  edit


Spennymoor's Town Centre isn't known for its shopping but it still offers a handful of shops.

  • Spennymoor Sports., 14 High Street, 01388 814951. Sports shop that sells football boots, running shoes and apparel, sports clothes, tennis, badminton, table tennis equipment and much much more.  edit
  • Shoefayre, 31 High Street, 01388 811532. Shoefayre sells all types of shoes from boots, trainers and flip flops. Prices vary between £10 -£100..  edit
  • Blockbuster, 1-2 festival Walk., 01388 813890, [6]. Mon - Sat: 10 - 9pm. Sun: Noon - 9pm.. Rental store. You can rent DVD's, video games for most consoles, drinks and confectionery. Also you can purchase DVD's and video games. You must be a member to rent and buy from the store. Its free to sigh up so its well worth it. DVD and Video games - £4. Tv series - £6..  edit
  • Peacocks, 29 Festival Walk, 01388 815315, [7]. Mon-Sat: 9am-5.30pm. Sun: 10am - 4pm.. Clothes shop for both girls and guys. Sells everything from shoes, jeans, tops, knitwear, formal wear, shorts, t-shirts and much more.Great styles at affordable prices. Average price: £15-£20..  edit


Smoking is banned in all public places such as pubs, restaurants, clubs and the workplace.



  • Poachers Pocket., Bridge St, Metal Bridge, Durham, 01740 654268. Mon-Thurs:11am - 11pm. Fri-Sat:11am - 12pm. Sun 11am - 10pm. The Poachers offers you standard pub food but with great variety to choose from and all for a reasonable price. Large portions so go their hungry or you wont be finishing your meal. Tuesday night is quiz night, which last for an hour and is made up of a picture and question round. The quiz starts at 9:00pm. If you choose to go to the poachers pocket on a Friday or Saturday night get there before 6.30pm so not to wait to be seated. Average meal £10-12.  edit
  • Thinford Inn., 01388 819394. The Thinford Inn is located just off the roundabout where the A688 and A167 join outside of Spennymoor on Thinford road. Serves traditional pub food and on Sundays does a well-priced carvery for about £5(Buffet Style). Also free WiFi is available in the restaurant and bar.  edit
  • Shafto’s Family Restaurant., (Follow A688 Spennymoor. At the 5th roundabout, take the 4th exit, right. At the next major roundabout take first exit, A688 Bishop Auckland. After ¾ mile turn right at the traffic lights. Then travel 1½ miles and you will reach your destination.), 01388 819737, [8]. Great place to grab a quick lunch with its own Panini bar. But if you would rather have a sit down meal it is a nice place to eat. It has a large menu with reasonably priced food. Also it’s a great place to take the kids to eat because of its indoor and outdoor play area. Shafto's is named after the famous Bobby Shafto who was the MP of County Durham in 1760 and the restaurent is his old home.  edit



  • Classic Pizza, 41 high street, 01388 812422, [9]. Mon – Th: 5pm – 11.30pm. Fri – Sat: 5pm – 1am. Sun: 5pm – 11.30pm.. Serves pizza and appetizers.  edit
  • Sunnys Fish Inn, 46 high street, 01388 811999. Fish and chip shop, which also sells kebab meat, chicken, pizza and many other items. I recommend trying the Kebab Bun. (Bread bun, kebab meat, fries and either garlic, gravy, chili or bolognese sauce)  edit
  • Happy Valley, 72 High Street, 01388 812882. Chinese take away.  edit
  • Clems Fish Shop, 16 Clyde Terrace, 01388 815451. One of the better places to get Fish and Chips in Spennymoor.  edit



  • Frog and Ferret., Coulson Street, Spennymoor., 01388 818312. Noon - Midnight. An old fashioned pub with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Serves a wide range of beer and ale ranging from Fosters, Carling, Kronenbourg, John Smiths, Guinness Extra Cold, Strongbow & Thatchers Ciders. One of the best places in Spennymoor to buy a pint of John Smiths. Average pint - £2.25.  edit
  • The Weardale.. One of the cheaper pubs in Spennymoor located on Cheapside just off King Street Road. Average Pint - £2.00..  edit
  • Salvin Arms. Located on King Street Road opposite King Street School. The traditional pub, which sells a wide range of beers and ales. Family orientated business with 2 pool tables, flat screen TV’s and a dartboard. Average Pint - £2.25..  edit
  • Penny Gill, 17 Cheapside, [10]. 11am - Midnight. They serve a wide range of Beers, Lagers, Spirits and a selection of Cask Ales, with different Guest Ale every month. This pub has many special deals beginning at 11am and ending at 7pm during its so-called happy hour. Even though it lasts 8 hours. For example john smiths costs £1.40 before 7pm and after 7pm it costs £1.70. This is just one of the many specials during happy hour. Average Pint - £2.10..  edit


  • Fulltums, 18 High Street, 01388 815750. Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm. Sat: 9am - 3pm.. The food is adequate, plentiful and cheap. Serves sandwiches, baked potatos with a choice of fillings, tea, coffee and other hot drinks and a wide selection of pastry and cakes.  edit
  • The Kiln Room, 56 High Street, 01388 811811, [11]. Mon-Sat: 10am - 6pm.. One of few ceramic studios in the UK. You can either create you own masterpiece or just sit and relax with a wide range of sandwiches, paninis and homemade cake, served along side coffee, hot chocolate or many other hot drinks.  edit
  • Whitworth Hall Hotel., (From the A1 Motorway Junction 61. At junction 61 take A688 Spennymoor After joining it, follow A688 Spennymoor over 4 roundabouts. At the 5th roundabout, take the 4th exit, right, Spennymoor Town Centre. At the next major roundabout turn left, first exit, A688 Bishop Auckland. After ¾ mile turn right at the traffic lights following brown signs Whitworth Hall Hotel which is on the right after 1½ miles.), 01388 811 772, [12]. The price for one night includes afternoon tea on arrival, a 3-course meal and a full English breakfast in the morning. The Hotel is located on the edge of Spennymoor in a deer park with beautiful countryside surrounding the area. Kids eat for free. One Night - £95 or £150 for two people..  edit


There are a few Wireless Hotspots throughout Spennymoor.

Free Wireless Internet.

  • The Thinford Inn. Located on Thinford Road. Tel: 01388 819394

Pay as you Go Wireless Internet.

  • Pit Laddie. Located on Dundas Street. Tel: 01388 814024
  • The Weardale. Located on 27 Cheapside. Tel: 01388 814393
  • Winning Post. Located on Merrington Lane. Tel: 01388 811856

Each of these Wireless internet hotspots cost either £0.12 a minute or £29 a month.

Area Codes.

  • Spennymoor - 01388
  • Durham - 01913
  • Bishop Auckland - 01388
  • Sedgefield - 01740
  • Ferryhill - 01740
  • Chester-le-Street - 01388

After the area code there should be a 6 digit number.

Postal Codes.

  • Spennymoor - DL16
  • Durham - DH1
  • Bishop Auckland - DL14
  • Sedgefield - TS21
  • Ferryhill - DL17
  • Chester-le-Street - DH3

After the postal code there should be a 3 digit code.


Nursery Schools.(3-5 years of age)

  • Ox Close Nursery. Mixed nursery with 76 pupils with 44 boys and 32 girls. Located on Oxclose Crescent. Tel: 01388814970.
  • Pixley Dell Day Nursery. Located on 8 Coulson Street. Tel: 01388816299.
  • Kirk Merrington. A rural nursery. Located on Blue House Est. Tel: 01388811842.

Primary Schools.(6-11 years of age)

  • King Street. Mixed primary school with 207 pupils with 113 boys and 94 girls. Located on High Grange Road. Tel: 01388816078.
  • Kirk Merrington. Mixed rural primary school with 75 pupils with 42 boys and 33 girls. Located on South View. Tel: 01388816230.
  • Middlestone Moor. Mixed primary school with 253 pupils with 125 boys and 128 girls. Located on Rock Road. Tel: 01388816351.
  • North Park. Mixed primary school with 243 pupils with 114 boys and 129 girls. Located on Bessemer Green. Tel: 01388815943.
  • Ox Close. Mixed Primary school with 236 pupils with 131 boys and 105 girls. Located on Oxclose Crescent. Tel: 01388814860.
  • Rosa Street. Mixed primary school with 255 pupils with 126 boys and 129 girls. Located on Rosa Street. Tel: 01388815427.
  • Tudhoe Colliery. Mixed primary school with 145 pupils with 79 boys and 66 girls. Located on Front Street. Tel: 01388814399.

Comprehensive Schools.(11-16 years of age)

  • Tudhoe Grange. Mixed comprehensive school with 855 pupils with 433 boys and 422 girls. Located on St Charles Road and Durham Road. Tel: 01388815000.
  • Spennymoor. Mixed comprehensive school with 705 pupils with 339 boys and 366 girls. Located on Whitworth Lane. Tel: 01388815634.

Get out

Spennymoor is surrounded by beautiful countryside and wonderful sights and attractions.

A beautiful cathedral known though out Europe and a delightful castle sit on a hill looking over the City. From the top of the tower you get a great view of Durham City and the countryside surrounding the City. In general Durham City is a great day out. With other great sites to see from the Victorian indoor market, Botanical Gardens, walking beside the castle and cathedral along side the River Weir and the Durham Light Infantry Museum along with many more interesting things.

  • The Metro Centre.[15]

One of Europe’s largest shopping malls. Located on the A1, West of Newcastle. Or you can get a bus from Spennymoor town centre to the metro. Direct on the X24. If you easily get motion sickness I would recommend taking a car to the Metro Centre since the Bus takes about 1hr and 45 mins due to all the detours on the way. By car it can take you 30-45 mins depending on traffic.

Beamish is an open-air museum near Chester Le Street just to the north of Durham. The prices range from £15 in the summer to £6 in the winter per adult and £10 in the summer and £6 in the winter per child aged 5-16 years of age. Any child under the age of 5 gets in for free regardless of the season. Students get a discount if they have there student ID's on them. Open from 10am – 4pm in the winter and 10am to 5pm in the summer. The museum is accessible by car from the A1 (M) or by bus from Durham.

  • Visit High Force.[17]

A remarkable waterfall with a drop of 21 meters. With a beautiful woodland walk for about 1/3 or a mile leading up to the waterfall and also a nature trail, which follows the river High Force is an appealing day out. I would recommend the High Force Hotel for a meal if you have the time. High Force is located on the B6277, 4.5 miles from Middleton-in-Teesdale.

Coming from the North East, you have a choice of two roads. The main A171, or the slower coastal road A174. Whitby is a harbor town that is scenic and pleasant and is worth the drive to visit for a day.

In the summer you can take the daily direct X60 Arriva bus, or take the train from Durham which changes at Darlington and Middlesbrough. Although these two means of transport take longer than a car it is worth the journey alone.

  • Auckland Castle.

The castle has been home to the Bishops of Durham for over 800 years and still is to this day.Located in Bishop Auckland. Arriving by car on the A688 follow signs for Bishop Auckland Town Centre. 
Auckland Castle is just off the Market Place in the Bishop Auckland. Buses do travel to Bishop Auckland regularly. You can get a bus from Spennymoor Town centre to Bishop Town centre and from there it is only a 5-minute walk. It is open from 2-5pm on Sundays and Mondays. For an adult the charge is £4 and £3 for children aged between 13-16 and adults over 60 years of age. Children under the age of 12 can enter for free. Image:SPENNYMOOR_&_AREA_012.JPG

  • Binchester Roman Fort.

An old Roman Fort that only has a small part of its remains excavated. The remains include an impressive bathhouse, some of the forts defenses along with other settlement buildings Located 1.5 miles outside of Bishop Auckland on the Dere Street Trail. It is sign posted from the A688 coming from Spennymoor. Open 11am to 5pm all days of the week. Prices for adult tickets are £2.25 and children and adults over the age of 60 get in for £1.00. Free parking is available on site.

  • St. Andrews Medical Practice Adam House.

This is a small doctors that is located on St. Andrews Lane next to Asda. If you have a medical problem that is not life threatening then make a appointment by phone (Tel: 01388 817777) or by person.

If you have a problem that is life threatening then there are three major hospitals in the area.

  • University Hospital Of North Durham. [19]

This Hospital is about 9 miles from Spennymoor and is located on North Road. By car it takes about 15 minutes and about 25 minutes by bus depending on traffic. Car parking charges are: Up to 1 hour - £0.90. 1 to 2 hours - £1.50. 2 to 3 hours - £2.30. 3 to 4 hours - £3.70. 4 to 6 hours - £5.00. 6 to 24 hours - £7.00. Tel: 0191 333 2333.

  • Bishop Auckland General Hospital. [20]

This Hospital is about 5 miles from Spennymoor and is located on Cockton Hill Road. By car it takes about 10 minutes and 20 minutes by bus depending on the traffic. Tel: 01388 455000

  • Darlington Memorial Hospital. [21]

This Hospital is about 12 miles from Spennymoor and is located Hollyhurst Road. By car it takes about 25 minutes and about 40 minutes by bus depending on the traffic. Tel: 01325 380100

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

SPENNYMOOR, a market town in the Bishop Auckland parliamentary division of Durham, England, 6 m. S. of the city of Durham, on a branch of the North Eastern railway. Pop of urban district, which includes several neighbouring parishes (1901), 16,665. It is in the midst of a populous coal-mining district, and its growth is modern.

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