No Place

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No Place
No Place is located in County Durham
No Place
No Place
Location within County Durham
OS grid referenceNZ210530
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSTANLEY
Postcode districtDH9
Dialling code0191
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
County Durham
54°52′25″N 1°39′44″W / 54.87357°N 1.662283°W / 54.87357; -1.662283Coordinates: 54°52′25″N 1°39′44″W / 54.87357°N 1.662283°W / 54.87357; -1.662283
Sign for Co-operative Villas and No Place.

No Place is a small village near the town of Stanley in County Durham, England, east of Stanley and west of Beamish. Situated to the south of the A693, it is home to an award-winning real ale pub, the Beamish Mary Inn (dating from 1897 and originally known as the Red Robin), and lies near the Beamish Mary coal pit.[1] The local church is known as the "Tin Chapel".[2]


The origins of the village's unusual name are uncertain; however, theories include a shortening of "North Place", "Near Place" or "Nigh Place", or that the original houses of the village stood on a boundary between two parishes, neither of which would accept the village.[3] It could also be a literary play on the word "Utopia", which comes from the Greek: οὐ ("not") and τόπος ("place") and translates as "no-place". The village originally consisted of four terraced houses, known as No Place. In 1937, residents of the terrace of houses to the north, known as Co-operative Villas, demolished these houses, but took on the name for their own village.[2] Derwentside Council tried to change the name of the village to Co-operative Villas in 1983; however, they met with strong protests from local residents at the removal of all signs pointing to No Place.[4] Today the signs say both No Place and (at the request of some residents) Co-operative Villas.[1]

No Place has been noted for its unusual place name.[5] Other unusual place names in the North East include the village of Pity Me (probably a contraction of Pithead Mere, a nearby bog), Bearpark (from Beaurepaire, French for "beautiful retreat" - the name of a nearby Norman manor), Once Brewed and Twice Brewed.

Film references[edit]

Sharing the village's name is No Place,[6] an independently produced feature film made in the North East of England and shown at the Cannes Film Festival, subsequently leading to limited distribution at the Tyneside Cinema.


  1. ^ a b No Place to Go - Time Magazine, January 25, 1954
  2. ^ a b No Place finds its way into a history book, The Northern Echo, 16 March 2001
  3. ^ Nameless Girls - New Scientist, 18 March 2006
  4. ^ Earth movers and the mysterious history behind naming of No Place, North East History, 5 December 2007
  5. ^ Symons, Mitchell (8 November 2012). The Bumper Book For The Loo: Facts and figures, stats and stories – an unputdownable treat of trivia. Transworld. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-4481-5271-1.
  6. ^ IMDB