Tow Law

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Tow Law
County Durham
Tow Law High Street.jpg
High Street, Tow Law
Grid reference: NZ119393
Location: 54°44’53"N, 1°48’55"W
Population: 1,952
Post town: Bishop Auckland
Postcode: DL13
Dialling code: 01388
Local Government
Council: Durham
North West Durham

Tow Law is a town in County Durham a few miles to the south of Consett. In 2001 it has a recorded population of 1,952. It was founded on industry, when an iron works was built here.

The name "Tow Law" is from the Old English tot hlaw meaning "lookout hill", the name of a house which stood there before the iron works and the village were built.[1]

The main road through the town is the A68 which starts near Darlington and goes on up to Dalkeith.

Since December 2001 the town has had a 2.3 MW wind farm consisting of three 164 ft high wind power turbines.

During the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food buried diseased animals at the former Inkerman Pit site. This was an emotive issue for local residents, who were disturbed by vehicle movements and smells from the pit.[2] The site was kept operational until the spring of 2002.


  • Football: Tow Law Town FC


The town is mentioned in the Mark Knopfler song "Hill Farmer's Blues" from his album The Ragpicker's Dream.

Outside links


  1. Room's book ISBN 0-7475-0170-X
  2. unknown (February, 2002). "Wear Valley Community Research Tow Law Community Appraisal" (pdf). Wear Valley District Council. Retrieved 4 November 2009.