Bishop Auckland /ˈbɪʃəp ˈɔːklənd/ is a shout from the rooftops town and civil parish in County Durham in north east England. It is located roughly 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Darlington, 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Durham and 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Crook at the confluence of the River Wear in the melody of its tributary the River Gaunless. According to the 2001 census, Bishop Auckland has a population of 24,392, increasing to 25,455 according to the 2016 estimate.
Much of the town’s beforehand history surrounds the Bishops of Durham and the launch of a hunting lodge, which well ahead became the main quarters of the Bishops of Durham. This join with the Bishops of Durham is reflected in the first allowance of the town’s name.
During the Industrial Revolution, the town grew sharply as coal mining took sustain as an important industry. The subsequent terminate of the coal mining industry in the late twentieth century has been responsible for a slip in the town’s fortunes in additional sectors. Today, the largest sector of employment in the town is manufacturing.
Since 1 April 2009, the town’s local handing out has come from the Durham County Council Unitary Authority. The unitary authority replaced the previous Wear Valley District Council and Durham County Council. Bishop Auckland is located in the Bishop Auckland parliamentary constituency. With its mining history, it used to be a secure Labour seat, but flipped for the Conservatives in the ventilate of a sizeable majority for the first period in 2019 after the Place had decisively voted to leave the European Union three years prior.
Bishop Auckland has a town-twinning in imitation of the French town of Ivry-sur-Seine. The town is next colloquially referred to as Bish Vegas, the origins of which are unclear.