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Binchester Roman road.jpg
A section of Roman road at Binchester Roman Fort
Binchester is located in County Durham
 Binchester shown within County Durham
Population 271 (2001)[1]
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Dialling code 01388
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
List of places
County Durham

Coordinates: 54°40′58″N 1°38′45″W / 54.682850°N 1.645752°W / 54.682850; -1.645752

Binchester is a small village in County Durham, England. It has a population of 271. It is situated between Bishop Auckland, which is to the south, and a short distance to the west of Spennymoor. It has a community centre, swing park and football field and is surrounded by countryside.

Nearby is Binchester Roman Fort.


Binchester almost certainly takes the first element of its name from the first element of the earlier Roman name Vinovia. This was Anglicised with the addition of the Old English word ceaster '(Roman) fortification' and perhaps through identification with the Old English word binn 'manger'.[2]


  1. ^ Wear Valley Settlement Summary Sheets (Numbers) (PDF), Durham County Council, retrieved 2008-11-29 
  2. ^ Bethany Fox, 'The P-Celtic Place-Names of North-East England and South-East Scotland', The Heroic Age, 10 (2007), (appendix at

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