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The village is home to East Rainton cricket club who were founded pre 1851. And has seen many success's throughout its long history. The 2nd XI are current North East Durham League champions. The village also boasts a football team in the form of East Rainton FC, who are the second team from this village to bear the name.
The village has one pub in the form of The Olde Ships Inn (Travellers Rest) which serves are range of beers and lagers in a traditional setting. This is only one of the four original pubs, these being the Travellers Rest, the Rose & Crown, the Blacksmiths Arms and the Village Tavern. The pub gets its name from being a staging post on the Durham to Sunderland coaching road (the old durham road) which passes through the village.
Other village facilities include the village shop, the pub, a village primary school along with the church of St Cuthbert, the Methodist chapel. The Village post office closed in 2011 and is currently for sale for commercial use. The village is located on the area of High ground to the south of Houghton-le-spring, and the name Rainton is thought to stem from the Anglo Saxon - Rennington or Renn's settlement.
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