Bearpark

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Bearpark
Bearpark village centre.jpg
The centre of Bearpark village
Bearpark is located in County Durham
Bearpark
Bearpark
 Bearpark shown within County Durham
Population 1,946 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference NZ238431
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DURHAM
Postcode district DH7
Dialling code 0191
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament City of Durham
List of places
UK
England
County Durham

Coordinates: 54°46′56″N 1°37′48″W / 54.782222°N 1.630000°W / 54.782222; -1.630000

Bearpark is a village and civil parish in County Durham in England. It is situated two and a half miles west of Durham, and a short distance to the north of Ushaw Moor. The name may be a corruption of the French term Beau Repaire – meaning "beautiful retreat". Half a mile to the north of the present village lies the ruins of Beaurepaire Priory, built in the 13th century by monks from Durham Cathedral. Bearpark later became a coal mining village until 1984, when the mine was closed.

Bearpark Community centre is at the hub of the local village, a red brick building originally built in 1921 as a miners welfare hall. An old pit wheel stands in front of the building, a memorial to the village's mining history.

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