(commonly known as Crook Market Town) is a small market town in County Durham
. It is situated about 10 miles (16 km) south-west of Durham
Crook lies a couple of miles north of the River Wear, on the A690 from Durham. This turns into the A689 leading up into the scenic upper reaches of Weardale, through Wolsingham and Stanhope. Crook is the administrative centre of the Wear Valley District Council.
Crook has a famous amateur football team, Crook Town F.C.. Crook Town have won the FA Amateur Cup five times, whilst also once reaching the third round of the FA Cup, most recently beating Enfield F.C. in 1964, before the cup was abolished in 1974. This record is only lower to Crook's near neighbours Bishop Auckland F.C..
Crook first appeared as an agricultural village around 1800. 40 years later; Crook became a mining village, and thrived as the coal was very close to the surface and soon there were over 20 mines around the crook area, and by the end of the nineteenth century the town had developed rapidly in population and economy. However a lot of the population in the area had declined in the following century as the coal mines and industries closed with over 34% of the population being unemployed.