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High Street, Tow Law, A68
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Tow Law // is a town and civil parish in County Durham, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,952, increasing to 2,138 at the 2011 Census. It is situated a few miles to the south of Consett. Tow Law Town football team are based in the town. The town constituted an urban district from 1894 until 1974. The town is mentioned in the Mark Knopfler song "Hill Farmer's Blues" from his album The Ragpicker's Dream.
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 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.
- Room's book ISBN 0-7475-0170-X
- unknown (February 2002). "Wear Valley Community Research Tow Law Community Appraisal" (pdf). Wear Valley District Council. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
- Tow law Community Association
- Tow Law History Society
- Helme Park Service Station website:http://www.helmeparkservicestation.co.uk
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