New Homes in Coxhoe
Welcome to Coxhoe
Located in County Durham in the North East of England, Coxhoe is a thriving town with lots to see and do in the local area, from historic sights in Durham to beautiful scenery along the Durham Heritage Coast. So whether you love hiking, shopping, playing golf or discovering local history, Coxhoe could be the perfect place for you to set up home.
The history of the area
Coxhoe dates all the way back to the Bronze Age, with the discovery of ancient artefacts in the local area. Although there is evidence of very early settlements, Coxhoe only began to grow during medieval times. Coxhoe Hall was built around 1725, and was the birthplace of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The house was demolished 1952 due to neglect, after being used as a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War.
In the 19th century, Coxhoe Colliery marked a rise in the town’s population, while other employers included a pottery which made tobacco pipes, and a local gas works. Cornforth Colliery, Clarence Hetton Colliery and Bowburn Colliery also opened between 1838 and 1840. Since the closure of the mines in the late 19th century, Coxhoe has become a popular town for commuters to nearby Durham.
Businesses and industry
Coxhoe itself is a small town, with relatively few employers since the closure of the collieries. Historically industry has been in mining and manufacturing, but today employment is much more varied and includes energy, education and consulting services. In Durham, big businesses include Hargreaves Services, Northumbrian Water Group and The Banks Group, while the prestigious Durham University is also a big employer. Regional employers include Procter and Gamble, PriceWaterhouseCooper and KPMG.
Things to do in the area
If you like adventure sports and outdoor activities, there’s plenty to keep you busy within just a short drive of your new home in Coxhoe. Climb North East is the biggest climbing centre in County Durham, while Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre also has climbing facilities. Top Gear Karting, Infinite Air trampolining centre and Penshaw Equestrian Centre are also within driving distance.
Durham is close to Coxhoe, where you’ll find lots of attractions including Durham Cathedral, Durham University Botanic Garden, the Oriental Museum and Durham Museum and Heritage Centre. For a tour of the city with a difference, take a trip on the Prince Bishop River Cruiser which takes in the sights from the water.
Other sights and places of interest in the local area include Hardwick Park, Spennymoor Leisure Centre, Crook Hall and Gardens, Adventure Valley, Horden Welfare Park and Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon. If you need to get a breath of fresh air, your new home in Coxhoe is just a short distance away from the Durham Dales and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can enjoy cycling, hiking, or simply admiring the views. The Durham Coast is also home to Castle Eden Dene and the harbour town of Seaham.
Travel and commuting
Coxhoe is located just off the A1(M), so there are good road links heading north towards Newcastle and south to Darlington. The drive to Durham along the A177 takes just 15 minutes, ideal if you’re planning to commute. There’s no train station in Coxhoe, but nearby Durham has rail links right across the country, with a journey to Newcastle taking just over 10 minutes, the train to Manchester taking 2 hours 10 minutes, and the journey to London King’s Cross lasting just 3 hours with Virgin Trains.
For holidays and international travel, the nearest airport is Durham Tees Valley Airport, a 30 minute drive south. Newcastle Airport is less than 40 minutes away by car, so there’s plenty of choice when taking your next trip abroad.