Whorlton, County Durham

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Whorlton is located in County Durham
Location within County Durham
Population302 (including Westwick .2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ105149
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDL12
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
List of places
County Durham
54°31′49″N 1°50′19″W / 54.53018°N 1.83849°W / 54.53018; -1.83849Coordinates: 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 183 ft long suspension bridge which crosses the River Tees.[2] It is Britain's 2nd oldest suspension bridge relying on original chainwork after the union bridge over the River Tweed.[3]

The village has a public house called 'Fernaville's Rest'.

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.[2] John Green of Newcastle upon Tyne was called upon to design a replacement.[2] He based the Whorlton Bridge on the Scotswood Bridge, which he had designed earlier.[2] Construction began in 1830, and the bridge was opened in July 1831.[4]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Rennison, Robert William (1996). Civil Engineering Heritage: Northern England. Thomas Telford. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7277-2518-9.
  3. ^ Martin Collins; Paddy Dillon (2011). The Teesdale Way: From Dufton to the North Sea. Cicerone Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-84965-461-6.
  4. ^ Rennison, Robert William (1996). Civil Engineering Heritage: Northern England. Thomas Telford. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-7277-2518-9.

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