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East Rainton is a humble village found in the outskirts of Durham, in the City of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in the north east of England. It is situated alongside the A690 road between Sunderland and Durham, near Houghton-le-Spring.
The village is home to East Rainton cricket club, which was founded before 1851 and which has seen many successes throughout its long history. The 2nd XI are current North East Durham League champions. The village also boasts a football team in the form of East Rainton FC, who are the second team from this village to bear the name.
The village had one pub in the form of The Olde Ships Inn (Previously known as theTravellers Rest) which served a range of beers and lagers in a traditional setting. This was the last standing of the four original pubs of the village, the others being 'The Rose and Crown', 'The Blacksmiths Arms' and 'The Village Tavern'. The pubs original name, 'The Traveller's Rest' came from the fact that there was a staging post on the Durham to Sunderland coaching road (the old Durham road) which passes through the village. In 2016, the pub was bought by new owners before becoming part of the 'Angelo's' restaurant line, serving Italian cuisine to its customers in exchange for the traditional pub meals the building once sold.
Other village facilities include a small premier shop, East Rainton Primary School, the church of St Cuthbert, and the Methodist chapel. The village post office closed in 2011 and its space was used to expand the local shop. The village is located just by the outskirts of Durham on the area of high ground to the south of Houghton-le-Spring, and the name Rainton is thought to stem from the Anglo-Saxon - Rennington or Renn's settlement.
- "East Rainton CC". erainton.play-cricket.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
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