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The local area guide to living in Brancepeth

Brancepeth is a tranquil, secluded village located just 5 miles outside of Durham. Steeped in a long and rich history, the village’s main attraction, Brancepeth Castle, dates back to the Anglo-Saxon family Bulmer and even prior to William the Conqueror’s invasion. Since then, it has played host to the Rising of the North – a conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth I in 1569, and has changed hands in ownership more times than can be counted. According to local myth, the village's name is said to derive from the phrase "Brawn's Path". This stems from a traditional legend that the village was once terrorized by an enormous ‘brawn’, which was eventually thwarted by a knight named Sir Roger de Ferie in 1208. A commemorative stone still marks the traditional location of the brawn's death. Today, the village and its castle are popular attractions for weddings and local craft fairs.

The village’s other attractions include Brancepeth Castle Golf Club, a course laid out on the deer park which once formed part of the castle estate. A club house was developed from the old coach house and stables, which still remains in use today. This par 70 course is often regarded as one of the finest in the north-east of England, and is open to both members and visitors alike.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2011 census, the population of Brancepeth stood at 414 residents. Of those employed, the most prominent industry sector is Education, closely followed by Human Health & Social Work.

There is relatively little unemployment in the area, accounting for only 5.2% of the population which equates to just 14 residents.

The mean age for the area is 41. 9.8% of residents are aged 18 to 24, higher than the English national average of 9.4%. This suggests that the area has a young population. By comparison, 21.1% of residents are aged 45 to 59 compared to the English national average of 19.4%. This suggests, quite to the contrary, that the area has a middle aged population.

Nearby schools

17 local schools serve the Brancepeth area, 82% of which are primary schools. The remaining schools are: “Grange Learning Centre” – a private school for ages 8-19, “Parkside Academy” - the local secondary institution and the “Langley Moor Nursery School”. The overall Brancepeth area ranks as “Good” (48%) according to the most recent Ofsted reports. The Primary school that stands out is “Our Lady and St Thomas Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary”, which has recently been classed as “Outstanding”.

Getting around

Though the majority of its residents travel by car, Brancepeth has a small range of transport links which provide connections to neighbouring areas. There are 8 specific bus services which run through the village, several of which link with the nearest railway station located in Durham. If travelling by car, you can reach Brancepeth along the A690 and the next main road link on the A1 (M).

If travelling by air, the village sits close-by Durham Tees Valley Airport, Leeming and Newcastle International.

Local shops

Brancepeth offers a variety of butcheries and farm shops which provide locally-sourced produce for its residents. In terms of restaurants, The Morley Wood pub serves traditional and classically-English dishes, and is also located within a mile of Brancepeth Castle Golf Club. The Club’s restaurant serves a variety of high-quality dishes for residents and visitors alike.

For a more extensive retail experience, Durham sits just 11 minutes away by car. The city and its bustling high street has plenty to offer from stylish boutiques to quirky craft shops, and has a wide selection of top-brands for the more selective shopper. Similarly, market towns nearby Brancepeth and across the county are havens of unique art, antique, and pottery shops.

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