is a suburb of Darlington
, a town in County Durham
. It is situated immediately to the north-west of Darlington town centre, close to Mowden
, and Faverdale
. The Cocker Beck, a small stream, runs through the area and empties into the town's River Skerne
via a string of valleyed parks which were donated as recreational areas for the town in the early 20th Century. This area although not part of Cockerton is adjacent to and socially linked to Cockerton, and is known as "The Denes
The original village layout, known still as "Cockerton Village", remains recognisable and attractive. This is mainly due to the village green and surrounding houses and cottages being well preserved. Most rebuilding having been done with sympathy to the adjacent surroundings. Also it is largely covered by Cockerton Conservation Area
managed by Darlington Borough Council.
Amenities, facilities and services
A selection of mostly independent retailers are based around this area with some chain stores like a Somerfield
Supermarket and a newly opened Co-operative
Food Store. The local 'Cockerton sub Post Office'
has many of the facilities of larger Post Office branches including vehicular taxation. There are also Barclays
Banks, Lambs Toy Shop and a Subway
There are local pubs, chemists, a florist, a fruiterer, bakers, butchers, a discount food store, barbers, cafes, estate agents, insurance brokers and financial advisers. A new Coral betting store is replacing the Blockbusters DVD rental store.
Cockerton Library is open in an award winning building from 1970 and the local doctors surgery, Moorlands Surgery is available with on site parking for patients use.
The village also is home to Cockerton Working Men's Club and the historic Cockerton Prize Silver Band.
There are several churches on and adjacent to the green, St. Mary's CofE, Holy Family Roman Catholic and Cockerton Methodist Church
The community of Cockerton is served by schools across the town of Darlington but particularly by local schools. These include: