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The civil parish of Stanhope has a population of 4,519 in 2001, and also includes Rookhope, Westgate, St John's Chapel, Ireshopeburn, Wearhead, Cowshill, Cornriggs, Eastgate, Frosterley all on the A689 road, along with Crawleyside, Hill End and White Kirkley. The parish council area is the largest in England with 221 km².[2] It shares some land in common with the neighbouring Wolsingham civil parish.

Stanhope is surrounded by moorland in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – the second largest of the current 40 AONBs in England and Wales.

Features of interest include

  • a petrified tree stump in the churchyard which was discovered with two others. One of the others can be seen in the Great North Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • the Durham Dales Centre, which incorporates a tea room, tourist information and craft shops.
  • a ford with a step-stone bridge for pedestrians.
  • the eighteenth-century Stanhope Castle in the centre of the town stands on the possible site of a medieval castle. It was built in 1798 by Cuthbert Rippon, the MP for Gateshead.
  • one of only two heated open-air swimming pools in the North East.

Stanhope Agricultural Show is held on the second weekend of September each year. It was founded in 1834 and has been held annually since, with the exception of the war years, the foot and mouth crisis and times of bad weather.[3]

Weardale RailwayEdit

Stanhope is also the current terminus of the Weardale Railway, a heritage railway operating primarily on weekends from Bishop Auckland with stations at Frosterley, Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear.

Notable residentsEdit

Stanhope galleryEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2005-11-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^

External linksEdit

  Media related to Stanhope, County Durham at Wikimedia Commons