The name Hamsteels is said to be derived from a corruption of Hamsteal, meaning home building or sheds; Ham – a homestead and Steal – meaning a stall or standing room for cattle. In 1867, Messrs. R.S. Johnson and T.M. Reay established ‘Hamsteels Collieries and Coke Ovens’ which closed in 1958. 

With the demolition of the colliery housing, some residents were moved to a new council estate built between Hamsteels and Esh Winning and called Hamsteels Estate. It was purpose built to house families being moved out of the former mining villages which were due for demolition.

Originally local authority housing, today many properties have been purchased and areas of new development provide a range of property types.

The playing field between Burnside and Rowley Crescent is home to a youth shelter while Hamsteels Community Centre is situated on Western Avenue alongside a small parade of shops.

Local Information

Elected Representatives

Hamsteels is within the Deerness Division of Durham County Council and is represented by three 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.

Hamsteels Community Centre

Since 1963 Hamsteels Community Centre has served the local community.  The original wooden building was demolished in 2015 and the fantastic new building which replaced it is now open.

The building is owned by Cornsay Parish Council and managed on a day-to-day basis by Hamsteels Community Hall Association (registered charity no. 1023749).

The new building has been made possible thanks to grants from Big Lottery Reaching Communities, County Durham Community Foundation and Durham County Council and local councillors and was officially opened by the Chairman of Durham County Council and the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Durham, Councillor Edward Bell, on 8th October 2016.

For more information on the Community Centre, events and for all booking enquiries, please contact the Community Centre direct or visit the website.

Playing Field

Hamsteels playing field is located between Rowley Crescent and Burnside.

The field is maintained by Durham County Council.  If you notice any problems or have any queries, please contact the County Council direct.