No Place has no church, no chapel, no cinema, no football field. About all it does have are three streets of red brick houses, 259 inhabitants who mostly work in the local Beamish Mary coalpit, and a hearty dislike for Durham County authorities. For No Place learned last week that Durham's planners had condemned it to slow extinction.

Trouble was that nobody much had moved in recent years to No Place—a name it got back in the days when it was only two cottages jammed between two big estates and considered too small to have a proper name. (In Durham,...

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