The name derives from 'Kipe weir', meaning a weir with a fish trap and the convenience of being close to a source of fish (a major part of the monastic diet) may have influenced the location of the hospital.
Kepier was also the site of a medieval corn mill which continued in use until its destruction by fire on September 24, 1870 caused by a spark from the grinding of the stone millwheels. The mill was never rebuilt; only a stone arch over the remnant of the mill race remains.
In the 1940s, plans for Kepier power station were drafted, but the project was never undertaken.
- Meade, Dorothy M. Kepier Hospital. Turnstone Ventures, 1995. ISBN 0-946105-10-3
- Watts, Victor. A Dictionary of County Durham Place-Names. English Place-Name Society, Nottingham, 2002. ISBN 0-904889-65-3
- North East History Pages on Kepier and Gilesgate
- Northern Echo Durham Memories article including Kepier estate under lay ownership, 22/10/04
- Northern Echo Durham Memories article on Gilesgate and Kepier, 25/04/03
- Northern Echo Durham Memories article on medieval farming around Durham, 05/09/03
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