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Population 302 (including Westwick .2011)
OS grid reference NZ105149
  • Teesdale
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL12
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
List of places
County DurhamCoordinates: 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 183ft long suspension bridge which crosses the River Tees. It is Britain's oldest suspension bridge relying on original chainwork.

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

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