Hamsterley, Bishop Auckland

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St.James Church, Hamsterley

Hamsterley is a village in County Durham, England. It is situated a few miles west of Bishop Auckland.

The village lies on a rise above the upper reaches of the Wear valley. To the west of the village the land rises to Hamsterley Common at the eastern edge of the fell country which lies between the valleys of the Wear and the Tees. In the centre of the village is a pub called the Cross Keys.

Near to the village is Dryderdale Hall, a magnificent grade II listed mansion built in 1872 by the architect Alfred Waterhouse for the Backhouse family. It was used as a location for the filming of Get Carter.[1]

Hamsterley has a population of around 550, measured as 445 at the 2011 Census.[2]

There is another, smaller village called Hamsterley in County Durham, 20 miles to the north, near Consett.


  1. ^ "'Get Carter' mansion up for sale". 1 April 2008 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 9 July 2015.

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Coordinates: 54°40′27″N 1°48′54″W / 54.67417°N 1.81500°W / 54.67417; -1.81500