Quebec, County Durham
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Quebec shown within County Durham
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Quebec is a small village in County Durham, in North East England. Once a coal mining village, it is situated 6 miles (10 km) west of the city of Durham, and close to the villages of Esh, Cornsay Colliery, Esh Winning and Langley Park. The village has a public house, the Hamsteels Inn, a hotel, Hamsteels Hall, a church, St. John the Baptist Hamsteels, a village hall, a playground and a used car dealership.
Quebec is located in County Durham. It is in the Esh ward, which as of 2005 is represented on Durham County Council by Joseph Armstrong (Labour). It is part of the North West Durham parliamentary constituency, which as of 2005 is represented in Parliament by Hilary Armstrong (Labour). It is in the North East England region, which serves as a constituency for the European Parliament.
- Grid reference: NZ181436
- Latitude and longitude: (54.78, −1.72)
- Elevation: 650 feet (200 m)
- Road access: Minor roads off B6301 and B6302
- Rail access: Durham, 6 miles (10 km) by road
- Nearest large village: Esh Winning, 2 miles (3 km)
- Nearest city: Durham, 6 miles (10 km)
The village takes its unusual name from the more famous Canadian city of Quebec. The fields in the area were enclosed in 1759, the year Quebec was captured from France. It was common at the time for fields distant from their home farm to be given the names of foreign lands, and cases where these names have come to be applied to whole villages are numerous throughout the North East. For example, not far away is the village of Toronto.
In 1902, after the village's Hamsteels Rugby Club was beaten 77-0 in a match at Quebec against Hartlepool Rovers, the West Hartlepool Mail's rugby correspondent described Quebec as an "outlandish place". Today, the village has only football teams. Two of these, Hamsteels Inn FC and the Hammers FC, play at Quebec's Hamsteels Colliery Welfare Ground, while a third, Steelers FC, is based in Langley Park.
At the age of 20, Chris Waddle was working in Quebec's former meat factory, Hamsteels Frozen Foods, when he was signed by Newcastle United in 1980 from nearby Northern League side Tow Law Town for £1,000.
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