Elwick is an enchanting village on the outskirts of Hartlepool, ideal for a short stroll or for food and drink at its two excellent traditional English country pubs. As for its history Elwick was famous in the nineteenth century for breeding and training racehorses, several of which became winners of classical races. The McOrville Inn is named after two of its most successful racehorse. The pretty St. Peters Church suffered at the hands of the Roundhead troops during the 17th century Civil War. When the Rector of Elwick Hall parish, John Cosin, returned from exile, he was immediately appointed Bishop of Durham. Whilst responsible for restoring to St. Peters stonework, interior fittings and plate, most of which improvements remain to this day.