Startforth Rural District

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Coordinates: 54°33′00″N 1°58′26″W / 54.550°N 1.974°W / 54.550; -1.974

 • 1894 97,618 acres (395.05 km2)
 • 1974 97,630 acres (395.1 km2)
 • 1901 5,009
 • 1971 3,404
 • Created 1894
 • Abolished 1974
 • Succeeded by Teesdale District
Status Rural district

Startforth Rural District was a rural district in the North Riding of the historic county of Yorkshire in the Pennines of northern England.

It was formed in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894. It constituted the part of the Teesdale Rural Sanitary District that was in the North Riding (the rest being in County Durham).

In 1974, the district was abolished and formed part of the Teesdale district of the non-metropolitan county of County Durham.

It comprised the area south of the River Tees between Cow Green Reservoir and Gainford, and north of the modern administrative border between County Durham and North Yorkshire.

The area is hilly and fairly sparsely populated. Places within it included:



Reservoirs and lakes

Fells and moors


Rivers and becks


The Pennine Way also passes through the area.

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