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The draw well at Cornsay

Cornsay is a hamlet and civil parish in County Durham, England.[1][2] The population of the Civil Parish taken at the 2011 census was 1,128.[3] It is 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Consett and 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Durham. It consists of nineteen dwellings, including four farms & is the home of Greenacres Nudist club. All formerly belonged to Ushaw College for the training of Catholic priests, hence the organised nomenclature. East and West Farms are now in private hands as homes but the other two are still active, South Farm run by the Suddes family and North Farm by the Tweddle family.

On the village green is the enigmatic "draw well": on first look a bus shelter but, on closer inspection, a building with a 17th-century dedication. It was once the main source of water for the village, and later a site for the sale of paraffin at a time when the village was larger. It was restored in 2007 by the removal of a breeze-block infill that had blocked the doorway and now has a new wrought-iron gate that allows inspection of the interior of the building.

See also Cornsay Colliery.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 88 Newcastle upon Tyne (Durham & Sunderland) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319229989. 
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 9 July 2015. 

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Coordinates: 54°47′N 1°46′W / 54.783°N 1.767°W / 54.783; -1.767