01388 area code
Bishop Auckland and Stanhope
The 01388 area code is for Bishop Auckland and Stanhope, and the surrounding areas.
Locations using 01388 numbers include:
- Bishop Auckland
- Tow Law
- West Auckland
The first digit of the six-digit local number usually indicates more precisely where it is associated with:
|Number range||Primary area*||Other locations served|
|(01388) 2xxxxx||Stanhope||Eastgate, Frosterley, Wearhead|
|(01388) 3xxxxx||Bishop Auckland||Cockfield, Crook, Rushyford, Shildon, Spennymoor, Tow Law, West Auckland, Willington, Witton-le-Wear, Wolsingham|
* Telephone companies are officially required to issue numbers according to this pattern. Some smaller or newer operators may disregard the rules and use the same series of numbers across the entire area.
Most numbers using the 01388 area code are normal Bishop Auckland and Stanhope landlines but be aware that, as is the case for all UK area codes, such numbers may also be used for services without any physical link to the area. (More info)
01388 area code information
|Location:||Bishop Auckland / Stanhope|
|Ceremonial county:||County Durham|
|Call costs:||Normal landline rate|
|Area code required for local calls:||No|
|Local number length:||6 digits|
|Number format:||01388 xxxxxx|
|International number format:||+44 1388 xxxxxx|
|Number shortages predicted:||No|
|Last code change:||April 1995 (previously 0388)|
Area code history
Bishop Auckland and Stanhope previously had separate area codes. Numbers from the former Stanhope 0956 area code were absorbed into the 0388 area code (which later became 01388) sometime before the mid-1990s.
The 0956 prefix was reused for mobile phones and personal numbering services later in the 1990s.