No Place

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No Place
No Place is located in County Durham
No Place
No Place
 No Place shown within County Durham
OS grid reference NZ210530
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STANLEY
Postcode district DH9
Dialling code 0191
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament North Durham
List of places
UK
England
County Durham

Coordinates: 54°52′25″N 1°39′44″W / 54.87357°N 1.662283°W / 54.87357; -1.662283

Sign for Co-operative Villas and No Place.

No Place is a small village near the town of Stanley in County Durham, England, east of Stanley and west of Beamish. Situated to the south of the A693, it is home to an award-winning real ale pub, the Beamish Mary Inn (dating from 1897 and originally known as the Red Robin), and lies near the Beamish Mary coal pit.[1] The local church is known as the "Tin Chapel".[2]

Etymology[edit]

The origins of the village's unusual name are uncertain; however, theories include a shortening of "North Place", "Near Place", or "Nigh Place", or that the original houses of the village stood on a boundary between two parishes, neither of which would accept the village.[3] The village originally consisted of four terraced houses, known as No Place. In 1937, residents of the terrace of houses to the north, known as Co-operative Villas, demolished these houses, but took on the name for their own village.[2] Derwentside Council tried to change the name of the village to Co-operative Villas in 1983; however, they met with strong protests from local residents at the removal of all signs pointing to No Place.[4] Today the signs say both No Place and (at the request of some residents) Co-operative Villas.[1]

No Place has been noted for its unusual place name.[5] Other unusual place names in the North East include the village of Pity Me (probably a contraction of Pithead Mere, a nearby bog), Bearpark (from Beaurepaire, French for "beautiful retreat" - the name of a nearby Norman manor), Idle (home of the famous Idle Working Men's Club), Once Brewed, and Twice Brewed.

Film references[edit]

Sharing the village's name is No Place,[6] an independently produced feature film made in the North East of England and shown at the Cannes Film Festival, subsequently leading to limited distribution at the Tyneside Cinema.

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