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Crook is a market town in County Durham, in the North East of England.Located a couple of miles north of the River Wear, Crook lies about 9 miles (14.5km) south-west of the historic city of Durham and 5 miles (8km) north-west of Bishop Auckland. The A690 road from Durham turns into the A689 leading up through Wolsingham and Stanhope into the scenic upper reaches of Weardale (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Crook is consequently sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to Weardale".The centre of Crook, a designated conservation area, features a good variety of shops and businesses with the market held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There are two prominent churches, the centrally located St Catherine's CE and Our Lady Immaculate & St Cuthbert's RC up on Church Hill. On top of the hills to the east sits Crook Golf Club, it's challenging 18 hole course offering spectacular views of the local countryside. For a town of it's size Crook also features a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants.HistoryCrook first appeared as an agricultural village around 1795 although its surrounding districts; Billy Row, Stanley, White Lea, Roddymoor and Helmington Row were established much earlier. In these days Crook was predominantly farmland; however, it also had an Inn and a blacksmith shop, consequently the primary field of employment was within the agricultural industry. 40 years later; Crook became a mining village, and thrived as the coal was very close to the surface and soon there were over 20 mines around the Crook area, and by the end of the nineteenth century the town had developed rapidly in population and economy. However a lot of the population in the area had declined in the following century as the coal mines and industries closed with over 34% of the population being unemployed.
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