Wingate, County Durham

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Wingate
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church, Wingate
Wingate is located in County Durham
Wingate
Wingate
 Wingate shown within County Durham
Population 3,605 (2001 census)
OS grid reference NZ400379
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WINGATE
Postcode district TS28
Dialling code 01429
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Sedgefield
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Coordinates: 54°44′06″N 1°22′48″W / 54.73499°N 1.3801°W / 54.73499; -1.3801

Wingate is a village in County Durham, England.

Wingate is a former pit village with a mixture of 19th-century, post-war, and more recent housing developments. It was originally enhabited by around 30 farmers before 1839 when coal was discovered. It is located in the East of County Durham, three miles south west of Peterlee, and seven miles north west of Hartlepool. As with most villages in the area, it grew rapidly with the development of coal-mining in the region.

The name Wingate is said to derive from the Anglo-Saxon words windig (windy) and geat (road) meaning windy road. Like all County Durham villages, residents are known to speak the pitmatic dialect although new housing developments have brought many middle-class residents to the village.

History[edit]

There is no evidence of settlement at Wingate until the 16th century. However, mining made its presence felt in the 19th century and Wingate became a large settlement and regional centre for the area. The village is located approximately two miles east of the original settlement, which is now called Old Wingate. Coal was discovered in 1839 when two shafts were sunk; coal was drawn in December 1839.

Wingate is also the birthplace of Ted Harrison, a Canadian artist notable for his paintings of the Yukon.[1][2][3]

On 7 January 1971, the Avro Vulcan bomber XM610 crashed near to the school after suffering an engine fire due to metal fatigue in the number 1 engine. The pilot remained in the burning aircraft before he ejected to direct the aircraft to crash into the sea; however. the aircraft later spiralled down into the village and crashedl leaving a large crater. There were no fatalities in the accident. The pilot was awarded a medal for steering the bomber away from Wingate Junior School.

In 1906, an explosion in the mine killed many of the pit workers in Wingate, and in 2006 a march took place to commemorate the miners.

Transport[edit]

Car travel[edit]

The village has ready access to road links for commuters, with the A181 leading westward to Durham and then north and south via the A1. Heading east towards the east Durham coast will lead you to the north and south bound A19, with links to Peterlee, Sunderland and Teesside. The main road through the village is the B1280.

Public transport[edit]

Public transport is provided by Arriva North East (Services, 21A, 57B) . Services run to Peterlee offering connections with services to Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne, Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough. There is now a new service running through Wingate, operated by Scarlet Band bus and Coach, service 58 runs hourly during the day to and from Durham to Hartlepool.

Wingate was previously served by two railway stations at Wingate and Wellfield on the Castle Eden Railway of the North Eastern Railway. Both stations are long closed and the majority of the former right of way has been reclaimed and turned into walkways, notably parts of the Hart to Haswell Walkway. One of the level crossing gates survives next to the Railway Crossings pub on Front Street.

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