Cornsay is a small village south of Lanchester and is by far the oldest settlement in the parish.
The village green is home to the village play area and the Draw Well and has an active residents' association.
Cornsay Village is within the Esh & Witton Gilbert Division of Durham County Council and is represented by two county councillors.
Member of Parliament
The village sits within the North West Durham Parliamentary constituency.
Mid Durham AAP
Mid Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) brings together as many people as possible to work towards improving the
area. Members include the Council, Police, Fire Service, health
services, community organisations, voluntary groups, businesses and
local people with an interest in their community.
The village is covered by the Consett Neighbourhood Policing Team of Durham Constabulary.
Cornsay Village Green
Town and Village Greens are areas of land on which local residents may indulge in lawful sports and pastimes. Many were registered in the late 1960s under the Commons Registration Act 1965. Ownership of Cornsay village green is vested in the Parish Council, and the Green receives considerable statutory protection under the Inclosure Act 1857 and the Commons Act 1876.
Cornsay Village play area is located on the village green with equipment consisting of swings and a timber trail.
The well house is a listed building and prominent feature on the village green.
The inscription above the door indicates that the building was constructed in 1743 for Wm Darnell and Thomas Rippon and it housed a well which was provided for the village.
A post box was inserted in the mid 20th Century, while the doorway was filled in with concrete blockwork and the roof capped with concrete. In 2007, the blockwork was replaced with a gate to allow views into the building.
The well house is currently in a poor condition, however, a project is ongoing to undertake various repairs to ensure the survival of the structure for many years to come.
Funding has been generously provided through the ESB West Durham Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund and County Durham Community Foundation.
Repair work is due to commence around April 2020 when weather conditions are more suited to the work being carried out.