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 Starforth 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.

History

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.

Education

Startforth has one primary school, Startforth Morritt Memorial Church of England School.

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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 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch ...

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