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Gainford Conservation Area


Gainford is a large village situated on the A67, formerly the Stockton to Barnard Castle turnpike. It lies approximately 11km west of Darlington and 14.5km east of Barnard Castle on rising ground on the north bank of the River Tees.

Gainford is an attractive village on the banks of the Tees, at the heart of which is a large medieval green. Once known as the 'Queen of Durham villages' the 18th and 19th century architecture surrounding the green is of a style and quality usually associated with much larger towns. The Gainford Conservation Area encompasses the entire historic core of the village as well as some of the later development to the north of the main road.

The Gainford Conservation Area was designated in 1971 and amended in 2013.

Gainford 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 Gainford Conservation Area Character Appraisal was formally approved by our Cabinet on 18 December 2013 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
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