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DL14 area guide

Postcode district: DL14

Location

The DL14 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Auckland Park, Binchester, Bishop Auckland, Bishop Auckland Town, Byerley, Close House, Cockton Hill, Coronation, Coundon, Coundon Gate, Coundon Grange, Crook South, Dene Valley, Durham, Eldon, Eldon Lane, Escomb, Etherley, Etherley Dene, Etherley Grange, Etherley Moor, Evenwood, Evenwood Gate, Evenwood, Ramshaw and Lands, Hamsterley and South Bedburn, Henknowle, High Etherley, Hunwick, Ingleton, Leasingthorne, Leeholme, Low Etherley, Middlestone, Morley, New Coundon, Newfield, Ramshaw, South Church, South Church Enterprise Park, St Helen Auckland, Sunnydale, Tindale Crescent, Todhills, Toft Hill, Toronto, West Auckland, Westerton, Windmill, Witton Le Wear, Witton Park, Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear, Woodhouse Close.

History

In Bishop Auckland, there is evidence on the site of St. Andrew’s Church that suggests a village once stood here as early as the 7th century. Also, some believe that there were settlements here as far back as the Iron Age. Bishop Auckland is now known from 1000AD, when land was given to the Duke of Northumberland for defending the church against the Scots. In 1020 AD, the land was gifted to the Bishop of Durham by King Canute. The town has a number of historic sites including the Auckland Castle and the Binchester Roman Fort. The Auckland Castle has been the official residence of the Bishop of Durham since 1832. It was built over 800 years ago as a hunting lodge for the Prince Bishops of Durham. The Binchester Roman Fort is estimated to have been established around 79AD to guard the crossing of the River Wear. It is located at the top of an 80 foot hill. The first discovery of the site was around the 16th century when Roman coins were uncovered in nearby fields. DL14 is also home to one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon churches in England, Escomb Saxon Church. The church was founded in 670-675 AD.

Present

DL14 has a population of over 35,000. It is located about 30 miles south of Newcastle Upon Tyne and about 25 miles West of Hartlepool. A few of the more expensive streets to live on in DL14 are Westerton Heights, Witton Tower Gardens and Hummerbeck. All contain properties that sell for over £300,000. Westerton Heights has average property prices of almost £400,000. A few of the more affordable streets include Lime Terrace, Kimberley Street and Cumberland Street. These streets have properties worth an average of around £30,000.