Whorlton, County Durham

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Whorlton
Whorlton is located in County Durham
Whorlton
Whorlton
Location within County Durham
Population302 (including Westwick .2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ105149
Unitary authority
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDARLINGTON
Postcode districtDL12
PoliceDurham
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
List of places
UK
England
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.

History[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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.

External links[edit]

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