Toronto, County Durham

Toronto is a village in County Durham, England. It is situated a mile to the north-west of Bishop Auckland and was represented in Wear Valley District Council until that authority was merged into Durham County Council in April 2009. In the 2001 census Toronto had a population of 399.[1]

Toronto
Toronto is located in County Durham
Toronto
Toronto
Location within County Durham
Population399 (2001)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ 19913 30754
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBISHOP AUCKLAND
Postcode districtDL14
Dialling code01388
PoliceDurham
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
List of places
UK
England
County Durham
54°40′11″N 1°41′27″W / 54.669750°N 1.6908500°W / 54.669750; -1.6908500Coordinates: 54°40′11″N 1°41′27″W / 54.669750°N 1.6908500°W / 54.669750; -1.6908500

HistoryEdit

The village is named after Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The name is derived from the Mohawk word tkaronto, meaning "place where trees stand in the water". A coal baron with land in County Durham was visiting the Canadian city when he was told that coal had been discovered under his land. He therefore decided to call the mine Toronto, whence the village also took its name.[2]

GeographyEdit

Toronto is located on a plateau north west of Bishop Auckland in a loop of the River Wear.

DemographicsEdit

Population in the village is similar to Bishop Auckland, predominantly white. The village consists of houses, mostly in traditional brick-built terraces, surrounded by agricultural land.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wear Valley Settlement Summary Sheets" (PDF). Durham County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Why are so many County Durham places named after foreign towns?". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 6 November 2020.

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