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Teesdale was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district in County Durham, Englandmarker. Its council was based in Barnard Castlemarker and it was named after the valley of the River Teesmarker.

That part of the district south of the River Teesmarker is historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, and made up Startforth Rural Districtmarker before the Local Government Act 1972 came into effect in 1974. The other predecessors to the district were Barnard Castlemarker urban district and Barnard Castle Rural Districtmarker.

Much of the area had prior to 1894 constituted a single Teesdale rural sanitary district.

The district was the least populous ordinary district in England, with only the City of Londonmarker and the Isles of Scillymarker being smaller. It had the second lowest population density in England, after Eden, Cumbriamarker.

The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England.

Electoral divisions

  • Barnard Castle East Barnard Castle East ward; Barnard Castle North ward; Eggleston ward; Gainford and Winston ward; Ingleton ward; Staindrop ward; Streatlam and Whorlton ward
  • Barnard Castle West Barnard Castle West ward; Barningham and Ovington ward; Cotherstone with Lartington ward; Greta ward; *Middleton-in-Teesdale ward; Romaldkirk ward; Startforth ward
  • Evenwood Cockfield ward; Etherley ward; Evenwood, Ramshaw and Lands ward; Hamsterley and South Bedburn ward; Lynesack ward


Energy policy

In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas [53470] showed that housing in Teesdale produced the 2nd highest average carbon emissions in the country at 7,731 kg of carbon dioxide per dwelling.

See also

Energy efficiency in British housing


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