Bishopton, County Durham

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Bishopton is located in County Durham
Location within County Durham
Population366 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ365212
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTS21
Dialling code01740
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
County Durham
54°35′07″N 1°26′14″W / 54.585278°N 1.437222°W / 54.585278; -1.437222Coordinates: 54°35′07″N 1°26′14″W / 54.585278°N 1.437222°W / 54.585278; -1.437222

Bishopton is a village in the borough of Darlington and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. It is situated to the west of Stockton-on-Tees. It originated as a farming community with rows of cottages and several farms forming a long wide village street, with an adjacent green. St Peter's Church stands at the centre of the village. The hamlet of Little Stainton and the village of Great Stainton were formerly part of the parish of Bishopton.

Castle Hill[edit]

The earthworks of a motte-and-bailey fortification known as Castle Hill are situated 400m south of the village and west of Bishopton Beck which flows west of the village. The fortification, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument,[2] dates back to at least the 12th century, with a licence to crenellate having been granted in 1143 during the time of The Anarchy.


As of 2011 Bishopton Redmarshall CofE Primary School, which is situated in the north-west of the village, had 106 pupils, aged 4–11.[3] In October 2006 Ofsted judged the school to be good and this rating was maintained in the June 2010 interim inspection.[4] In August 2011 the school reopened as an Academy.[5] As of September 2007 the school has been in a federation with Heighington CE Primary School.[6][7]

Religious sites[edit]

St Peter's Church, Bishopton, is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Stockton, the archdeaconry of Auckland, and the diocese of Durham.[8] The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[9]


South of the village there is a lake which was a former gravel pit[10] and is now used as a windsurfing center.[11]



  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Motte and Bailey Castle, Bishopton (1008668)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Department of Education School Statistics". Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Ofsted Inspection Report". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Department of Education School Statistics". Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Heighington CE Primary School". Archived from the original on 27 June 2013.
  7. ^ "The Federation of Bishopton, Redmarshall and Heighington CE Primary Schools". Darlington Borough Council.
  8. ^ St Peter, Bishopton, Church of England, retrieved 21 June 2010
  9. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter, Bishopton (1185897)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Bishopton Windsurfing Center". Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Bishopton Lake". Retrieved 20 September 2012.[permanent dead link]

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