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High Street, Tow Law, A68
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According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,952, increasing to 2,138 at the 2011 Census.
The main road through the town is the A68, which starts in Darlington and goes on north, ending near Dalkeith, just south-east of Edinburgh. The River Deerness rises from a spring on the eastern edge of the town.
There was rapid growth in the mid 19th century after the Weardale Iron and Coal Company was established here in 1845. Blast furnaces were built and collieries were opened; the population was about 2000 in 1851, and 5000 in 1881.
The town constituted an urban district from 1894 until 1974.
Since December 2001 the town has had a 2.3 MW wind farm consisting of three 50 m (160 ft) high wind power turbines. During the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, MAFF buried diseased animals at the former Inkerman Pit site. This was an emotive issue for local residents, who were disturbed by vehicle movements and smells from the pit. Many protesters attended the site every day for six months but had no effect and Defra continued to keep the site operational until the spring of 2002.
- Albert Ernest Hillary, English chocolate manufacturer and Liberal politician
- Sean Hodgson, Britain’s longest serving prisoner (27 years) found to be innocent
- Alan Milburn, a British Labour politician
- Chris Waddle, Premier League footballer who was discovered playing for Tow Law Town A.F.C.
- "Town population 2011". Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- Ordnance Survey, 1:25,000 map
- Room's book ISBN 0-7475-0170-X
- "Tow Law" Tow Law Community Association. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
- unknown (February 2002). "Wear Valley Community Research Tow Law Community Appraisal" (PDF). Wear Valley District Council. Archived from the original (pdf) on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
- Tow law Community Association
- Tow Law History Society
- Helme Park Service Station website:http://www.helmeparkservicestation.co.uk
- Helme Park Service Station