St John's Chapel, County Durham

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St John's Chapel
St John's Chapel Town Hall.JPG
St John's Chapel Town Hall
St John's Chapel is located in County Durham
St John's Chapel
St John's Chapel
 St John's Chapel shown within County Durham
OS grid reference NY883380
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bishop Auckland
Postcode district DL13
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
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Coordinates: 54°44′13″N 2°10′48″W / 54.73681°N 2.18003°W / 54.73681; -2.18003

St John's Chapel is a village in County Durham, in England. It is situated in Weardale, on the south side of the River Wear on the A689 road between Daddry Shield and Ireshopeburn. The 2001 census reported a population of 307,[1] of which only 43 were children under 16. In 1980 there were 160 children in the village.[citation needed]

The village has its own primary school, which in 2014 was graded at "outstanding" by Ofsted. The nearest secondary schools are in Alston (12 miles) and Wolsingham (14 miles). The nearest swimming pool is 14 miles away and the nearest library is 22 miles away. This population makes the village marginal in terms of thresholds for service provision. Although the population of the ward (1,446, including surrounding hamlets)[2] has remained fairly stable for 30 years, this masks the out-migration mainly of the younger generation affecting the population structure.

Although this area has a high quality of life with low pollution and crime rates, in 2001 16 residents were unemployed and 26% of households were without a car.[1] Originally St John's chapel was a medieval hunting stop, it then grew as a centre of lead mining after 1600.

St John's Chapel was the penultimate stop of the Weardale Extension Railway which opened on 21 October 1895, being mainly a freight line carrying limestone, iron ore, lead ore and fluorspar to the industrial areas of North East England. It closed to passenger traffic in 1953 and later to freight in 1963. The station was entirely demolished.[3]

Being situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, St John's Chapel is increasingly popular with cyclists, walkers and bird watchers. In 2013 a Visitor Information Point was opened in the Market Place. The village has 2 pubs, the Blue Bell and the Golden Lion, and one cafe called Chatterbox.


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  1. ^ a b "Wear Valley Settlement Summary Sheets" (PDF). Durham County Council. Retrieved 19 February 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Census 2001 Summary Sheets" (PDF). Durham County Council. Retrieved 19 February 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Nick Catford. "St. John's Chapel Station". Disused Stations in the UK. Retrieved 5 April 2009.