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The Horse Shoe Inn

Crook once had at least 16 farms!

4 Church Street, Crook, County Durham, DL15 9BG

These former two properties were grade II listed in 1987 and described as ‘late 18th century with mid-19th-century shop and public house fronts. The public house has a door right of centre, with a moulded hood over lintel incised C 1822’. At that time, Crook was a rural hamlet with a population of 228 (125 males; 103 females), chiefly employed in agriculture. The ‘Horse Shoe’ was the only inn.

A photograph and text about The Horse Shoe Inn.

The text reads: This establishment was built in 1822 and was called ‘Ye Olde Horse Shoe Inn’. At that time Crook was a rural hamlet with a population of 228 people, (125 males and 103 females) most of these were farmers or farm workers there, being at least 16 farms.

In those days Crook consisted of a mill, a coach house, a blacksmiths and The Horse Shoe Inn, the latter owned by George Linton a blacksmith, farrier and licenced victualler. This is one of the oldest buildings in Crook and was Grade II listed in 1987.

A selection of historical photographs of mining in the area.

A photograph of Matthew (Matty) Wallace.

Here he is at Stanley Cottage drift, where he worked during 1940–65.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

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