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Startforth is located in County Durham
Startforth shown within County Durham
Population 1,361 (2011)
OS grid reference NZ041161
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Barnard Castle
Postcode district DL12 9
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
County Durham
54°32′27″N 1°56′17″W / 54.54073°N 1.93812°W / 54.54073; -1.93812Coordinates: 54°32′27″N 1°56′17″W / 54.54073°N 1.93812°W / 54.54073; -1.93812

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.


  1. ^ "civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.439.

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