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Coordinates: 54°54′25″N 1°44′10″W / 54.907°N 1.736°W / 54.907; -1.736

Burnopfield is located in County Durham
 Burnopfield shown within County Durham
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Burnopfield is a village in County Durham, in England. It is situated north of Stanley, close to the River Derwent and is 564 feet above sea level.[1] A village with local school, churches and newsagents. It has recently had a children's park built near Lintz Cricket Club.

Even though Burnopfield is in County Durham, it is very close to the Gateshead District Border and has a Newcastle upon Tyne postal address.

Sheep Hill is an area within Burnopfield. It is situated immediately to the north of Stanley and Annfield Plain. It contains many of the major shops in Burnopfield



The name 'Burnopfield' probably comes from the Old English meaning 'field by the valley stream', though local legend says that the village got its name after an attempted Scottish invasion of England was foiled by literally 'Burning Up the Fields' to stop the advancing armies.

Burnopfield was the site of a leper hospital (High Friarside Hospice), which was founded in 1312, but was demolished in approximately 1450. The remains of the original Chapel can still be seen. High Friarside Hospice Chapel

The oldest remaining building is Burnopfield Hall, which was constructed in 1720 by the Newton family, a wealthy coalmine owning family.

Between 1833 and 1836, Dr John Snow (physician) was an assistant at a medical practice in Burnopfield.

Burnopfield was originally a section of the Tanfield and District Anglican Parish, until the church of Saint James was constructed in 1873. The current church website is Church website.

Burnopfield is home to Leap Mill Farm a classic example of an 18th-century mill. Gibside, which is located between Burnopfield and Rowlands Gill.

It is the prior home of Annie Jopling, née Oselton, who is said to have ridden horses at the Derwent races.(attrib: A. Jopling, son)#

Burnopfield used to have a library, however, it was moved to the surrounding village of Rowlands Gill.

Burnopfield is home to woods, and many, many fields.

Popular residents[edit]

Bus services[edit]

X70 (including 70, 70A), 43. The 44 bus goes through the Hobson, an area near Burnopfield. Previous bus services included the X12 and the 770 which locals agree were much more efficient services.

Current population[edit]

There are around 5,000 inhabitants in Burnopfield.

Surrounding settlements[edit]

Marley Hill 2 miles

Rowlands Gill 2 miles

Stanley 3 miles

Durham 15 miles

Bishop Auckland 23 miles

Low Fell 7 miles

Newcastle upon Tyne 10 miles

Ryton 8 miles

Prudhoe 9 miles

Crawcrook 7 miles

Tantobie 2 miles

Byermoor 2 miles

Sunniside 3 miles

Dipton 3 miles

Tanfield 2 miles

Lintzford 4 miles

Whickham 4 miles

Consett 6 miles

Hexham 20 miles

Blaydon 6 miles

Brancepeth 19 miles

Medomsley 4 miles

Shotley Bridge 4 miles

Chester-le-Street 8 miles

Hamsterley Mill 3 miles

Annfield Plain 4 miles


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