Whorlton, County Durham

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Whorlton is located in County Durham
 Whorlton shown within County Durham
OS grid reference NZ105149
District Teesdale
Shire county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL12
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
List of places
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Coordinates: 54°31′49″N 1°50′19″W / 54.53018°N 1.83849°W / 54.53018; -1.83849

Whorlton is a small village in County Durham, in England. It is situated near the River Tees and to the east of Barnard Castle.

Whorlton Bridge is a 183ft long suspension bridge which crosses the River Tees.[1] It is Britain's oldest suspension bridge relying on original chainwork.[2]

The village has a public house called the 'Bridge Inn'.

Arthur Headlam and James Wycliffe Headlam were both born in the village.


In October 1829, Whorlton Bridge, then under construction, was destroyed when the River Tees flooded.[1] John Green of Newcastle upon Tyne was called upon to design a replacement.[1] He based the Whorlton Bridge on the Scotswood Bridge, which he had designed earlier.[1] Construction began in 1830, and the bridge was opened in July 1831.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Rennison, Robert William (1996). Civil Engineering Heritage: Northern England. Thomas Telford. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7277-2518-9. 
  2. ^ Martin Collins; Paddy Dillon (2011). The Teesdale Way: From Dufton to the North Sea. Cicerone Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-84965-461-6. 
  3. ^ Rennison, Robert William (1996). Civil Engineering Heritage: Northern England. Thomas Telford. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-7277-2518-9. 

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