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Ferryhill Town Hall
Ferryhill is located in County Durham
Population 8,942 (2011 census)
OS grid reference NZ291326
  • County Durham
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL17
Dialling code 01740
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
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County Durham
54°41′N 1°33′W / 54.69°N 1.55°W / 54.69; -1.55

Ferryhill is a town in County Durham, England, with an estimated population in 2018 of 9,362 people, making it the twelfth largest town in the county. The town grew very rapidly in the 1900s around the coal mining industry. The last mine officially closed in 1968.


The town has a thriving history society who are in the process of opening a heritage centre in partnership with the town council.


Ferryhill sits on the western edge of the Ferryhill Gap, a natural gateway in the Limestone Escarpment that outcrops on the Eastern Durham Plateau. The main settlement lies along the SW-NE ridge, with later development to the south of the ridge. Ferryhill lies on the medieval Great North Road which used to be the A1 which was bypassed known as Ferryhill Cut in 1923, now the A167, which leads to Durham City and Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the North, and to Darlington in the south.

Ferryhill Carrs is a designated Local Nature Reserve at the eastern edge of the town.

Neighbouring settlements


Ferryhill has a weekly Friday market in the Town Centre market place run by the Local Council Ferryhill Town Council. There have been many improvements including the award-winning Mainsforth Sports complex, Surtees Doorstep Green, King George V rec corridor improvements at Ferryhill Station, new Town Centre public toilets paid for by funding from Sedgefield Borough Councillors and is now run by Ferryhill Town Council and a youth cafe for the town's young people.

Part of Dean Bank Park has been used to enhance sporting facilities and the remainder has recently been the subject to consultation by the Town Council. The final plans include a £70,000 play area for which funding has been secured from the lottery, a £50,000 MUGA for which funding is being sought by the Friends of Dean Bank Park but has since been turned down due to it not been a community led group. Also funding has been applied for £50,000 of playbuilder facilities. In addition to this the new park will include a viewing tower, BMX/skatepark, new planting areas to walk and relax as well as a performance arena.

The Town has many community events including an annual summer gala, Christmas market, parading of miners banners, vintage car rally, art and photography exhibitions and many more, all of which are organised jointly by the Town Council and the 2000 Committee.


Over £1 million in funding was secured by Ferryhill Town Youth, in partnership with Ferryhill Town Council, to develop a new sports facility for the town.

It includes new changing rooms, a recreation area, and six football pitches in Dean Bank Park and the adjacent former Ferryhill Athletic football ground.

The facilities are to be used by the town's thriving football clubs, Ferryhill Town Youth in particular. The nearby Dean Bank Park is maintained by Ferryhill Town Council, and belongs to the welfare fund for the former Dean and Chapter Colliery of 1968.

The Town Council purchased the former Ferryhill Athletic ground at auction in 2004, which was then provided to improve recreation facilities in the area, after the land could not be sold on.


There are four primary schools in Ferryhill: Broom Cottages Primary School, Dean Bank Primary School, Cleves Cross Primary School, and Ferryhill Station Primary School.

Ferryhill has one secondary school, Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College. It is a specialist Business and Enterprise College, which used to be known as Ferryhill Comprehensive School.

Notable people

  • Sid Chaplin (1916-1986), Novelist and Poet who lived in Ferryhill from 1941 to 1953
  • John McManners (1916-2006), Clergyman and Religious Historian
  • Jack Scott (1923-2008), Weatherman for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for 20 Years
  • Alan White (born 1949), was the drummer of Plastic Ono Band and Yes
  • Eric Gates (born 1955), Footballer who played twice for England as well as Ipswich, Sunderland and Carlisle
  • Phill Nixon (1956-2013), Darts Player, World Championship Runner up in 2007
  • Pauline Murray (born 1958), Lead singer of punk rock band Penetration
  • Fred Barber (born 1963), Footballer who played over 400 Football League appearances

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