infobox UK place
country = England
region= North East England
Tudhoe is a village in
County Durham, in England. It is situated approximately 8 km (5 miles) south of the City of Durham. It lies just outside Spennymoor, a short distance to the west of the Great North Road. The village is now a quiet backwater, its green a cul-de-sacthat runs down from the main road towards the River Wear. In former times, however, Tudhoe lay at the centre of a network of roads: one ran to Durham by way of Sunderland Bridgeand Croxdale, another to Kirk Merrington, a third to Bishop Auckland, a fourth to Whitworth and Byers Green, and a fifth across a ford to BrancepethCastle and village on the far side of the river. All except the Brancepeth road are shown, somewhat schematically, on Thomas Jeffrey's map of County Durham of 1758.
Tudhoe is now dwarfed by
Spennymoor, an industrial town that grew up around the Tudhoe iron works in the 19th century. Historically, Spenny Moor was a vast common of scrub land that lay between and was shared by the villagers of Tudhoe, Kirk Merrington, Sunderland Bridge and Hett. The modern town of Spennymoor lies only a few fields from Tudhoe, but the contours are such that it cannot be seen from most of the village, and Tudhoe today gives the impression that it is still an isolated country village.
For most of its history, Tudhoe has been in the parish of Brancepeth. The parish church of St Brandon's, dating from the 16th century, was one of the finest village churches in County Durham until its destruction by fire in 1998. Brancepeth lies across the River Wear from Tudhoe; there has never been a bridge, and the ford was not an easy one. In winter, it was often impassable, and Tudhoe baptisms, weddings and burials then took place at Whitworth. Because of this, Tudhoe was always seen (from Brancepeth) as an isolated outpost. Tudhoe's own Anglican churches, Holy Innocents and St David's, were not built until 1866 and 1880, respectively, though there is a large Catholic church, dedicated to St Charles Borromeo, which was founded in 1858.
Tudhoe was renowned as a mining village up until the end of the 20th Century. The Colliery Masters always held residence in a large house known as The Loggins, up until the mines were closed.
TUDHOE UNITED FC are the local football team and play in Spennymoor Sunday League.
* [http://www.dur.ac.uk/j.m.hutson/tudhoe Village history]
* [http://www.picturespennymoor.co.uk Picture Spennymoor (including Tudhoe)]
* [http://www.tudhoecc.org.uk Tudhoe Cricket Club]
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