is a ceremonial county and (smaller) unitary district
in north east England. The county town is Durham. The largest
settlement in the ceremonial county (in its own unitary Borough) is
the town of Darlington. The county has a mixture of mining and
farming heritage, as well as a heavy railway industry, particularity
in the southeast of the county in Darlington, Shildon and Stockton.
Its economy was historically based on coal and iron mining. It is an
area of regeneration and promoted as a tourist destination.