Cassop, County Durham


Cassop is a village in County Durham, located about 5 miles south-east of the city of Durham, 2 miles north-east of Coxhoe, and a mile south-east of Old Cassop. It lies within the civil parish of Cassop-cum-Quarrington

In Whellan's 1894 Directory of County Durham: "New Cassop is a village formerly entirely inhabited by miners, but since the collieries ceased to work it has fallen much into decay. It is still, however, inhabited principally by miners and quarrymen ; it is pleasantly situated on the hill side."

Cassop (formerly New Cassop) is a village in County Durham, in England. It has a population of about 500 and is located near the city of Durham. A former mining village, mining is no longer the main occupation of Cassop's inhabitants due to extensive mine closure over the last 30 years.

Formerly this village was in the parish of Kelloe, but like many of the villages in that extensive parish, it broke away during the 19th century in this case to form the parish of Cassop-cum-Quarrington, with the neighbouring village, Quarrington Hill.

Cassop Primary School is believed to have been the first in the UK to generate some of its own electricity with its own wind turbine which was erected in February 1999.

Religious sites

The church of St. Paul, Cassop cum Quarrington was built in 1868. The stones that were used in its construction were allegedly transported by William Smith, innkeeper of the Half Moon Inn, Quarrington Hill, as he was the only villager to own such a cart to make this possible. It was closed during the 1980s and is now demolished. The churchyard is still used for burials.

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Cassop Post Office

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Houses in Cassop

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Cassop Methodist Church

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Village street in Cassop

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Valeside Cafe and Restaurant Cassop

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Cassop Community Centre County Durham

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Footpath on disused railway trackbed at Cassop

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Footbridge in Cassop Vale National Nature Reserve

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Lake, Cassop Vale

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Entering Cassop on the B6291 from Quarrington Hill

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