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Belmont
Population 8,881 (2011)
OS grid reference NZ305435
Civil parish
  • Belmont
Unitary authority
  • County Durham
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DURHAM
Postcode district DH1
Dialling code 0191
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
  • City of Durham
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England
County Durham
54°46′59″N 1°31′01″W / 54.783°N 1.517°W / 54.783; -1.517Coordinates: 54°46′59″N 1°31′01″W / 54.783°N 1.517°W / 54.783; -1.517

Belmont is a suburb of the city of Durham, England. It was formerly a coal mining village and is north-east of the city centre, just east of the A1(M) motorway. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 8,881.

Facilities

The secondary school located here Belmont Community School was originally planned to be turned into an academy. However, a large portion of the staff protested against this, causing the school to stay the same.

The Church was bombed in the Second World War because the German pilots mistook it for Durham Cathedral (in the fog).

Cheveley Park Shopping Centre, Belmont - geograph.org.uk - 460101
Cheveley Park Shopping Centre

The village is on the bus route from Sunderland to Durham. There are three pubs, two school sites and a church, St. Mary Magdelene. Since 1994 Belmont has been the site of New Ferens Park, home of Unibond League (and former Football League) club Durham City AFC. It also contains Chevely Park shopping centre which includes shops such as Spar, Cooplands and other food establishments.

In popular culture

  • Get Carter - the house "Beechcroft" situated on Broomside Lane was used as a location in the 1971 film as the home of character Cliff Brumby. It was here that Michael Caine as Jack Carter delivered the oft-quoted line "You’re a big man, but you’re out of shape." Despite a sustained campaign to preserve it, the house was demolished in December 2008.

Sport

Since 2014 Belmont has been the site of New Ferens Park, home of FA Women's Championship club Durham Women's F.C..

On the site of present day housing south of Broomside Lane and on the east side of the cemetery was Belmont Stadium, which existed as a greyhound racing stadium from 1940 until 1969.

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