Topics > County Durham > Startforth


Startforth is a village on the banks of the River Tees opposite Barnard Castle. Startforth is in County Durham, but had historically been in Yorkshire - the County Bridge (also know as Barnard Castle Bridge) over the Tees was the former county boundry.

Startforth is a village in Teesdale, in the Pennines of England, situated a short distance south-west of Barnard Castle, on the opposite side of the River Tees. The population of Startforth taken at the 2011 Census was 1,361. It is historically located in the North Riding of Yorkshire, but along with the rest of the former Startforth Rural District, it was transferred to County Durham for administrative and ceremonial purposes on 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.

The village is the location of Deerbolt Prison, a male juvenile's prison and Young Offenders Institution.


The place-name 'Startforth' is first attested circa 1050, when it appears as Stretford. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Stradford. The name means 'street-ford', and refers to the paved ford by which the Roman road which passes through the village crosses the River Tees. The Roman road in question here linked the Roman forts of Bowes and Binchester. The paved ford is still visible in the bed of the river when the water is low.


Startforth used to have one primary school, Startforth Morritt Memorial Church of England School, but it was closed after a vote by councillors in September 2016.

Text from Wikipedia, available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (accessed: 31/01/2021).
Visit the page: Startforth for references and further details. You can contribute to this article on Wikipedia.
County Durham Barnard Castle (town) Barnard Castle Bridge River Tees Startforth Civil Parish Startforth Parish, 1848 Church of Holy Trinity, Startforth
from Geograph (geograph)
Startforth Hall Farm

Pinned by Simon Cotterill
from Geograph (geograph)
The White Swan, Startforth

Pinned by Simon Cotterill
from Geograph (geograph)
Startforth Park

Pinned by Simon Cotterill
Parishes: Startforth (detailed description from 1914)
- 'Parishes: Startforth', in A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1, ed. William Page (London, 1914), pp. 134-138. British History Online Very detailed description + history

Added by
Simon Cotterill


Add a comment or share a memory.

Login to add a comment. Sign-up if you don't already have an account.


Co-Curate is a project which brings together online collections, museums, universities, schools and community groups to make and re-make stories and images from North East England and Cumbria. Co-Curate is a trans-disciplinary project that will open up 'official' museum and 'un-officia'l co-created community-based collections and archives through innovative collaborative approaches using social media and open archives/data.