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Coal Chauldrons and pit wheel sculpture at Burnhope.jpg
Coal chauldrons and pit wheel sculpture at Burnhope. (Opened by MP Hilary Armstrong and two of the local school children, Mark Gray and Kerry Pinnington)
Population 1,564 (2011)
OS grid reference NZ187482
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DURHAM
Postcode district DH7
Dialling code 01207
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
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County DurhamCoordinates: 54°49′41″N 1°42′32″W / 54.828°N 1.709°W / 54.828; -1.709

Burnhope is a village and civil parish in County Durham, England. It is located in the Craghead valley on the opposite side to Stanley and has approximately 1200 inhabitants, measured at 1,564 in the 2011 census.

Burnhope is a village of contrasts, being home to many of the area's poorest and richest people (among them, children's author Terry Deary). In 2003 two wind turbines were erected in a field between the village and nearby Craghead, creating a new landmark to accompany the transmission mast. Burnhope is the only place that the Durham Miners' Gala has been held apart from Durham. This was in 1926 the year of the General Strike when it was banned at Durham so it was moved to Burnhope. In 1986 a 60th anniversary was held to mark this event.

Ruins of Langley Hall, Durham - - 287260
Langley Hall

Two miles south-east are the ruins of Langley Hall, a 16th-century fortified manor house

Burnhope has increased in size rapidly within the last few years with over 120 new homes being built by developer, Keepmoat Homes

Burnhope was also the name of a village in upper Weardale, which is further west in County Durham. The village was inundated in the 1930s by the filling of Burnhope Reservoir.

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