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Postcode: DL13 | code search
Population: 2200
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A few miles south of Consett lies Tow Law, a small township situated in an area of fringe moor land, on the eastern approaches to the Pennine Hills in the west of County Durham, some 10 miles from Durham City. It is also a civil parish in the Wear Valley district. The main A68 Darlington to Edinburgh road, once an old Drover’s road, runs right through it. The town saw rapid growth during the last 150 years. In 1841 only one building stood in the locality, called Tow Law House, but by 1851 the population had reached almost 2,000 and by the early 1870’s reached 4,968 reaching a peak in 1881 of 5,005 inhabitants. It was Charles Attwood who established an Iron Works in 1845 near to this solitary house to take advantage of the Iron Ore found in upper Weardale and of the coal reserves in and around Tow Law that led to this growth. The firm became known as "Weardale Iron and Coal Company" with six blast furnaces erected for the smelting of the ironstone while a large colliery was sunk a little to the north of the area, given the name ‘Black Prince’. Other mines were quickly sunk and took the names of Royal George, Old Thornley, Hedley Hope and West Edward. A number of these collieries had coke-ovens and brick works attached. The Baring Brothers merchant bank financed the expansion. Since the closure of the collieries in the 1970’s, Tow Law is a shadow of its former self but retains its historical, industrial past with pride.


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Helme Park Hall County House Hotel (1.23 miles)

Helme Park Hall County House Hotel

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The Helme Park Hall Hotel extends a warm welcome to all guests. Set in the beauty & grandeur of the Wear Valley, this quaint hotel offers the very best in accommodation, ... More

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Greenwell Farm (1.34 miles)

Greenwell Farm

A very warm welcome at Greenwell Farm which overlooks the hills of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These character cottages situated in peaceful country surroundings are well equipped to a high standard ... More | visit website

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Cornmill Cottage at Stowhouse Farm Cottages (2.12 miles)

Cornmill Cottage at Stowhouse Farm Cottages

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Nestling within 120 acres of peaceful farmland, four pretty and very comfortable cottages are ideally situated for exploring the unspoilt treasures of England's northerly counties. Attractions as ... More

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New Hall Farm (2.74 miles)

New Hall Farm

New Hall Farm is an 18th century working farm on the outskirts of Wolsingham, Weardale. New Hall Farm Cottage has been recently extensivly refurbished to a very high standard. With oak flooring throughout the cottage, the lounge is ... More | visit website

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Dowfold House B&B (3.95 miles)

Dowfold House B&B
Jill & Rupert (not to mention our dog and two cats...) look forward to welcoming you to this lovely, comfortable Victorian house with its delightful gardens. As a small, high-quality bed & breakfast establishment, ... More | visit website

Royal Oak (3.97 miles)

Royal Oak

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Welcome to the Royal Oak . The Royal Oak is a family run Venue situated in one of Durham's hidden Valleys offering fantastic panorama, venues and walks. We have a ... More

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Hamsteels Hall (4.84 miles)

Hamsteels Hall
Only a short drive away from attractions such as Beamish Open Air Museum, the Baltic Art Gallery, The Centre for Life Museum, The Millennium Bridge, The Angel of the North, Bede's World, Hadrians Wall, Durham ... More | visit website
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The Old Mill Knitsley (5.39 miles)

The Old Mill Knitsley
Knitsley Mill is a 16th century converted Mill House situated between Lanchester, Consett and the Land of The Prince Bishops. An operational mill from medieval times, Knitsley Mill is set in 100 acres of glorious ... More | visit website
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Newlands Hall (5.41 miles)

Newlands Hall
Newlands Hall provides exellent holiday accommodation in picturesque Weardale. Situated 1.5 miles from Wolsingham and Frosterley in Lower Weardale; Newlands Hall is in an ideal location for visiting Bishop Auckland; Barnard Castle; Darlington; Durham; Hexham ... More | visit website
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Kings Head (5.69 miles)

Kings Head
An imposing Pub located adjacent the picturesque village green. A family run Hotel and pub. We have 6 en-suite rooms shower rooms which have been stylishly designed. Double rooms have a giant 6 foot beds, twin rooms ... More | visit website

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