Crook, County Durham

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Crook
Crook Town Centre.
Crook is located in County Durham
Crook

 Crook shown within County Durham
Population8,573 (2001)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ165356
Unitary authorityCounty Durham
Ceremonial countyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCROOK
Postcode districtDL15
Dialling code01388
PoliceDurham
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK ParliamentNorth West Durham
List of places
UK
England
County Durham
 
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Coordinates: 54°42′47″N 1°44′56″W / 54.713°N 1.749°W / 54.713; -1.749

Crook
Crook Town Centre.
Crook is located in County Durham
Crook

 Crook shown within County Durham
Population8,573 (2001)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ165356
Unitary authorityCounty Durham
Ceremonial countyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCROOK
Postcode districtDL15
Dialling code01388
PoliceDurham
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK ParliamentNorth West Durham
List of places
UK
England
County Durham

Crook is a market town in County Durham, in the North East of 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.

History[edit]

Crook first appeared as an agricultural village around 1795.[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]

Crook has a famous amateur football team, Crook Town F.C.. Crook Town have won the FA Amateur Cup five times, 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.. The club have also reached the third round of the FA Cup and formed a key role in the development of FC Barcelona, playing a number of friendly matches in the 1910s and 1920s.

Landscape[edit]

A view across Crook

Crook has a backdrop of traditional and modern buildings. The tallest building in the town is the Council Building. It has 5 floors and at about 100 ft, it is a prominent feature of the Crook skyline. However, the council building is dwarfed by Crook's surrounding hills, which 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 690 ft).

Approximately 2 miles to the west of Crook on the A689 towards Wolsingham and Weardale, 400 yards past the roundabout junction with the A68, is the surviving World War II Harperley POW Camp 93, a Scheduled Ancient Monument within English Heritage. The town Soon to be turned into something resembling an inner city with more council houses to be built on brown field sites, destroying the serenity of this rural area.

Gallery[edit]

Crook Market
Looking up Church Hill
Shopping in Hope Street

Education[edit]

Since October 2011 the „Primary School“ in Crook has a Comenius-partnership. Declared school-partners are the Volksschule Altomünster (Germany/Bavaria) and the „école primaire“ in Flesselles (France). The project-topic is „Healthy Active Citizens Across Europe“.

Notable People[edit]

Constantine Scollen famous missionary priest among the Blackfoot and Cree peoples of Canada in the late 19th Century.

References[edit]

  1. ^ {{cite web title = Crook Major Centre Area Profile | publisher = Durham County Council | month = June | year = 2006 | url = http://www.durham.gov.uk/durhamcc/usp.nsf/Lookup/Crook%20Major%20Centre%20Final/$file/Crook+Major+Centre+Final.pdf | format = PDF | accessdate = 2008-12-03}}
  2. ^ a b c The development of Crook: some background history

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