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County Durham (district)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

County Durham
District and unitary authority
Shown within Durham ceremonial county
Shown within Durham ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionNorth East England
Unitary Authority1 April 2009
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • Local AuthorityDurham County Council
 • MPsMary Foy (L)
Dehenna Davison (C)
Paul Howell
Grahame Morris (L)
Kevan Jones (L)
Richard Holden (C)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total530,094 (Ranked 8th)
 • Ethnicity
98.2% White 1.8% Other
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Dialling code0191
ONS code17UD (ONS)
E06000047 (GSS)

County Durham is a district with the status of a unitary authority in the ceremonial county of Durham, North East England. It is named after the historic county of Durham which is in turn named after the city of Durham. It covers the former seven districts of (Durham (city), Easington, Sedgefield (borough), Teesdale, Wear Valley, Derwentside, and Chester-le-Street) which were abolished and merged into the new unitary authority. It is governed by Durham County Council. It contains 136 civil parishes.[1]


The district was created on the 1 April 2009, following the merger of all the borough and districts (Excluding the boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees) which were already unitary authorities and the towns of Gateshead, South Shields and city of Sunderland were already part of the Tyne and Wear metropolitan county from 1974.


The district is situated around non-metropolitan areas of County Durham covering the towns of Consett, Barnard Castle, Peterlee, Seaham, Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Shildon, Chester-le-Street, Crook, Stanhope, Spennymoor, Ferryhill, Sedgefield and the cathedral city of Durham. As well as all surrounding hamlets, villages and suburbs of the unitary authority.

Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees are still part of the ceremonial county of Durham but separate from the new unitary authority.


The council is currently under no-overall control following the 2021 United Kingdom local elections. The council is now under control of a Labour Party minority. The district is bounded to the south by Teesside, to the north east by Tyne and Wear, to the north-west by Northumberland, Cumbria to the west and south-west by North Yorkshire.


  1. ^ "County Durham". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 23 May 2021.


This page was last edited on 28 July 2021, at 09:39
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