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Cockton Hill Conservation Area


The area of Cockton Hill lies to the south of the historic core of Bishop Auckland on the route of Dere Street roman road, 9 miles south west of the City of Durham.

The special historic and architectural character of Cockton Hill is derived from the group of late Victorian/early Edwardian town houses and the surviving original pattern of ribbon development. The designated area spreads along Cockton Hill Road from its junction with Newgate Street and represents the linear extension of the growth of Bishop Auckland from the late 19th century. The wide railway cutting that carries the Bishop Auckland to Darlington line cuts across the northern edge of the conservation area,  providing an area of green space that is of ecological, historic and visual significance and an attractive setting and backdrop to the oldest group of properties in the conservation area.

The Cockton Hill Conservation Area was originally designated in November 1993.

Cockton Hill Conservation Area Appraisal

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 Cockton Hill Conservation Area Character Appraisal was produced by the former Wear Valley District Council in 2008 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
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