Cornsay Village

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.

Local Information

Elected Representatives

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.

Play Area

Cornsay Village play area is located on the village green with equipment consisting of swings and a timber trail.  

Draw Well

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 to enable repairs and restorations to ensure the survival of the structure for many years to come. 

Repair work was carried out over the summer of 2020.