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Bishop Middleham Conservation Area


The village of Bishop Middleham lies between the settlements of Ferryhill and Fishburn, about 20km from Durham City.

The conservation area contains two distinct areas centred around the Church of St Michael and the village green. The ruins of Bishop Middleham Castle, now a scheduled monument, are an important historic context for the conservation area and are a crucial part of the story of the origins of Bishop Middleham. They are linked to the village by ancient causeways and rural paths across waterlogged fields with relic medieval field boundaries forming their distinctive reverse -S shape.

The conservation area was originally designated in 1981 and was reviewed and amended in 2012.

Bishop Middleham Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposals

To ensure County Durham's conservation areas are properly managed, we produce Conservation Area Character Appraisal documents that will help raise awareness of their special character and interest. The Bishop Middleham Conservation Area Character Appraisal was formally approved by our Cabinet on 12 December 2012 and recommends ways to improve and to manage change as well as providing an interesting history and snapshot of the area.

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Heritage, Landscape and Design
03000 267 146
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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