Westerton, County Durham

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Westerton
WrightsObservatoryWesterton(HughMortimer)Jan2007.jpg
Wright's Observatory/Folly
Westerton is located in County Durham
Westerton
Westerton
Westerton shown within County Durham
OS grid reference NZ239311
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DARLINGTON
Postcode district DL14
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
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County Durham
54°40′30″N 1°37′44″W / 54.675°N 1.629°W / 54.675; -1.629Coordinates: 54°40′30″N 1°37′44″W / 54.675°N 1.629°W / 54.675; -1.629

Westerton is a village in County Durham, England.[1] In the 2001 census Westerton had a population of 44.[2] It is situated between Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor. It sits on top of a hill which is one of the highest points in County Durham, and is the location of an observatory built for Thomas Wright, who was the first person to suggest that the Milky Way consisted of a flattened disk of stars. The observatory is known today as "Wright's Folly".


References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 93 Middlesbrough (Darlington & Hartlepool) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2010. ISBN 9780319228777. 
  2. ^ "Wear Valley Settlement Summary Sheets" (PDF). Durham County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 

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