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Church of St Barnabas, Bournmoor.jpg
Church of St Barnabas
Bournmoor is located in County Durham
 Bournmoor shown within County Durham
Population 2,082 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference NZ313515
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DH4
Dialling code 0191
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament North Durham
List of places
County Durham

Coordinates: 54°51′29″N 1°30′50″W / 54.858°N 1.514°W / 54.858; -1.514

Bournmoor (/ˈbɜːrnmʊər/ or /ˈbɔərnmʊər/) is a village in County Durham, England, and is situated a short distance from Chester-le-Street.

It contains St Barnabas' Church, which houses the Frostley Angel. Originally part of the Lambton Castle estate, the village developed from 1783 onwards with the sinking of the first of seven local coal mines that were to make up Lambton Colliery.[2]

For much of the 20th Century, "Bournmoor" was known as "Burnmoor", taking its name from the Moorsburn (an alternative name for Hutton Burn which runs through the village.[3] The local primary school is called Bournmoor Primary School,[4] although the local scout group, formed early in the 20th century, still carries the name "Burnmoor" in its title. The local community feel that the local authority has gone against the wishes of local people in renaming "Burnmoor" as "Bournmoor"[citation needed].

The mid-19th century Ordnance Survey map shows the old core of the village (the staff housing for the Lambton estate) as "Wapping", with the open country to the south of the Sunderland road and north west of Herrington Burn shown as "Bourn Moor" and the colliery complex which was later known as Lambton is shown as Bourn Moor Colliery. The end-19th century map shows the settlement as "Bournmoor". Maps produced after the development of the 'Flowers' estate, dated between 1920 and 1960 show both as "Burnmoor" but they reverted to "Bournmoor" in later maps.[5][6]

In 1913, the Parish Councils of "Bourn Moor" and "Morton Grange" complained to the Board of Trade about the poor facilities available to passengers at Fencehouses railway station.[7]

Sporting facilities in the village include cricket, football and tennis clubs situated near to the church.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bournmoor Colliery". AllThingsBournmoor. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Watts, Victor. A Dictionary of County Durham Place-Names. English Place-Name Society, Nottingham, 2002. ISBN 0-904889-65-3
  4. ^ "Bournmoor Primary School". Ofsted. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Durham County Council's Geographic Information System (GIS)". 
  6. ^ "A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 314-317". 
  7. ^ The National Archive, Piece reference MT 6/2328/2

External links[edit]

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