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The Village Green at Cotherstone - - 1593177.jpg
The village green
Cotherstone is located in County Durham
Location within County Durham
Population594 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ011197
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDL12
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
County Durham
54°34′21″N 1°59′00″W / 54.57254°N 1.9832°W / 54.57254; -1.9832Coordinates: 54°34′21″N 1°59′00″W / 54.57254°N 1.9832°W / 54.57254; -1.9832

Cotherstone is a village and civil parish in the Pennine hills, in Teesdale, County Durham, England. Cotherstone lies within the historic county boundaries of 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.

Cotherstone railway station; disused and now a private residence

There was a railway station at Cotherstone on the now-closed Barnard Castle to Middleton-in-Teesdale line. The railway line crossed the River Balder at the Balder Viaduct just north of Cotherstone.

Cotherstone cheese is a celebrated delicacy, and the village was famous for it by at least 1858.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Hannah Hauxwell, who became famous through a Yorkshire Television documentary, farmed near Cotherstone and in 1988 moved to the village itself.

In 1973 Maxwell Fry and his wife Jane Drew, both modernist architects, retired to Cotherstone.[3]

The jurist John Cyril Smith was born in the village in 1922.[4]

Miles Stapleton was a notable Lord of Cotherstone (among other places) during the fourteenth century.[5]

John Bowes bred four winners of The Derby at nearby Streatlam Castle, including Cotherstone.

Bentley Beetham, the mountaineer, ornithologist and photographer retired here in 1949. He was a member of the 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ "A Month in Yorkshire", by Walter White (1858), page 169
  3. ^ Alan Powers, ‘Fry, (Edwin) Maxwell (1899–1987)’, rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 ;online edn, May 2010 accessed 2 May 2011
  4. ^ Andrew Ashworth, ‘Smith, Sir John Cyril (1922–2003)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, January 2007 accessed 2 May 2011
  5. ^ Caroline Shenton, ‘Stapleton, Sir Miles, of Bedale (1320?–1364)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, October 2005 accessed 2 May 2011

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