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Coordinates: 54°40′58″N 1°38′45″W / 54.682850°N 1.645752°W / 54.682850; -1.645752
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A section of Roman road
at Binchester Roman Fort
Binchester is located in County Durham
Location within County Durham
Population271 (2001)[1]
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Dialling code01388
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
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County Durham
54°40′58″N 1°38′45″W / 54.682850°N 1.645752°W / 54.682850; -1.645752

Binchester is a small village in County Durham, England. In 2001 it had a population of 271. It is situated between Bishop Auckland, which is to the south, and a short distance to the west of Spennymoor. It has a community centre, swing park and football field, and is surrounded by countryside. Granville Terrace, the main road through the village, was relaid and renovated in 1991 for the BBC television series Challenge Anneka.

Nearby is Binchester Roman Fort.


Binchester almost certainly takes the first element of its name from the first element of the earlier Roman name Vinovia. This was Anglicised with the addition of the Old English word ceaster '(Roman) fortification' and perhaps through identification with the Old English word binn 'manger'.[2]


Binchester was formerly a township in the parish of St Andrew-Auckland,[3] in 1866 Binchester became a separate civil parish, on 1 April 1937 the parish was abolished and merged with Bishop Auckland.[4] In 1931 the parish had a population of 60.[5]


  1. ^ "Wear Valley Settlement Summary Sheets" (PDF). Durham County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ Bethany Fox, 'The P-Celtic Place-Names of North-East England and South-East Scotland', The Heroic Age, 10 (2007), http://www.heroicage.org/issues/10/fox.html (appendix at http://www.heroicage.org/issues/10/fox-appendix.html).
  3. ^ "History of Binchester, in Wear Valley and County Durham". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  4. ^ "Relationships and changes Binchester CP/Tn through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 18 May 2024.
  5. ^ "Population statistics Binchester CP/Tn through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 18 May 2024.

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