Staindrop, County Durham
Staindrop is a village in County Durham, to the east of Barnard Castle.
The village has one of the long greens typical of County Durham.
The oldest parts of the parish church, St Mary, are Anglo-Saxon, built in the 10th or 11th century. The church contains monuments including effigies of members of the Neville family.
About the village
Raby Castle and its gardens are in Staindrop. The castle is the home of John Vane, 11th Baron Barnard.
About three miles northwest of the village is Raby Old Lodge, a mediæval tower house built probably for the Neville family of Raby Castle. It was restored in the 19th century and now used as holiday accommodation.
The village has a number of locally owned businesses including a local newsagent, the Cutting Room and a tea shop. It has a small industrial estate that is used by mainly local businesses such as joiners and plumbers.
Staindrop has two schools: Staindrop Church of England Primary and Staindrop School: An Academy. It has three pubs: the Black Swan, the Royal Oak, in the centre of the village and the Wheatsheaf Inn, which villagers commonly refer to as the "Top House".
In popular culture
Thomas Pynchon's historical fiction novel Mason & Dixon mentions Staindrop as containing Jeremiah Dixon's favourite public house.
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