Witton Park

(The Village That Refused To Die)


Main Street. c1900 (Formerly known as Church Street.)

Witton Park, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham one of the most loved villages in England.

A small place, born in the industrial revolution to serve an ironworks. At first glance there is little or nothing to recommend it. Rows of terraced houses set on unmade streets, shops, churches, public houses, and a station.

After 1900 the village declined. During the late forties and early fifties the village showed some signs of revitalization. Until the unspeakable County Council policy of no future development and piecemeal demolition known as Category ĎDí did its work. By 1965 it was all over.

The village clung to life by its fingertips. Gradually things improved. Improvements and landscaping were implemented and new houses built securing the future of the village.

Witton Park had a community born out of hardship. There was no one you didnít know, no one needed to lock the doors, there was nothing to pinch anyway.


Witton Park History groupís next project is to gather spoken memories of ex-villagers. The results will form an archive which will be accessible by all.

If you would like to participate please contact Dale who will make the necessary arrangements.

 Everyone who visits this site must enjoy looking at the photographs and newspaper cuttings. More are needed to regularly refresh the contents.

That old photograph of your grandfather playing in king street backs could be viewed world wide. Spend an hour in the attic and e.mail those hidden gems to:- (dale@daledaniel.fsnet.co.uk).