Shown within ceremonial County Durham
|- Origin||Barnard Castle Urban District
Barnard Castle Rural District
Startforth Rural District
|- Succeeded by||County Durham|
|Government||Teesdale District Council|
|- HQ||Barnard Castle|
That part of the district south of the River Tees is historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, and made up Startforth Rural District before the Local Government Act 1972 came into effect in 1974. The other predecessors to the district were Barnard Castle urban district and Barnard Castle Rural District.
Much of the area had before 1894 constituted a single Teesdale rural sanitary district.
The district was the least populous ordinary district in England, with only the City of London and the Isles of Scilly being smaller. It had the second lowest population density in England, after Eden, Cumbria.
The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England.
- Barnard Castle East Barnard Castle East ward; Barnard Castle North ward; Eggleston ward; Gainford and Winston ward; Ingleton ward; Staindrop ward; Streatlam and Whorlton ward
- Barnard Castle West Barnard Castle West ward; Barningham and Ovington ward; Cotherstone with Lartington ward; Greta ward; *Middleton-in-Teesdale ward; Romaldkirk ward; Startforth ward
- Evenwood Cockfield ward; Etherley ward; Evenwood, Ramshaw and Lands ward; Hamsterley and South Bedburn ward; Lynesack ward
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