History of local government districts in Durham

History of local government districts in Durham

The non-metropolitan county of Durham was divided into 63 electoral divisions, composed of wards, parishes and parish wards, as set out by Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 176, The County of Durham (Electoral Changes) Order 2005. This is now superseded by the 2009 structural changes to local government, which combined the districts of Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Easington, Teesdale and Wear Valley, the borough of Sedgefield and the City of Durham into a single unitary authority of Durham.

The names of the electoral divisions (from Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 176, The County of Durham (Electoral Changes) Order 2005) and the areas they cover are given below.


In the district of Chester-le-Street

  • Chester-le-Street North and East Chester East ward; Chester North ward
  • Chester-le-Street South Chester South ward; Edmondsley and Waldridge ward
  • Chester-le-Street West Central Chester Central ward; Chester West ward; Pelton Fell ward
  • Lumley Bournmoor ward; Lumley ward
  • Ouston and Urpeth Grange Villa and West Pelton ward; Ouston ward; Urpeth ward
  • Pelton North Lodge ward; Pelton ward
  • Sacriston Kimblesworth and Plawsworth ward; Sacriston ward

In the district of Derwentside

  • Annfield Plain Annfield Plain ward; Catchgate ward
  • Benfieldside
  • Burnopfield and Dipton Burnopfield ward; Dipton ward
  • Consett North
  • Craghead and South Moor
  • Delves Lane and Consett South Consett East ward; Consett South ward; Delves Lane ward
  • Esh Cornsay ward; Esh ward
  • Lanchester Burnhope ward; Castleside ward; Lanchester ward
  • Leadgate and Medomsley Ebchester and Medomsley ward; Leadgate ward
  • Stanley
  • Tanfield

In the City of Durham

  • Belmont Belmont ward; Carrville parish ward of Belmont parish
  • Brandon Brandon ward; East and South parish wards of Brandon and Byshottles parish
  • Coxhoe
  • Deerness Valley Deerness ward; New Brancepeth and Ushaw Moor ward; Brancepeth parish
  • Durham South
  • Elvet Elvet ward; St Nicholas ward
  • Framwellgate Moor
  • Gilesgate Pelaw and Gilesgate ward; Gilesgate Moor parish ward of Belmont parish
  • Neville's Cross Crossgate and Framwelgate ward; Neville's Cross ward
  • Newton Hall
  • Sherburn Pittington and West Rainton ward; Shadforth and Sherburn ward

In the district of Easington

  • Blackhalls Blackhalls ward; Nesbitt parish; Sheraton with Hulam parish; Hutton Henry and Station Town parish wards of Hutton Henry parish; Hesleden parish ward of Monk Hesleden parish
  • Dawdon Dawdon ward; Seaham Harbour South parish ward of Seaham parish
  • Deneside Deneside ward; Westlea parish ward of Seaham parish
  • Easington Easington Colliery ward; Easington Village parish; Hawthorn parish
  • Horden Horden North ward; Horden South ward
  • Murton Murton East ward; Murton West ward
  • Peterlee East Dene House ward; Eden Hill ward
  • Peterlee West Acre Rigg ward; Howletch ward
  • Seaham Seaton with Slingley parish; Seaham Harbour North and Seaham North parish wards of Seaham parish
  • Shotton Haswell and Shotton ward; South Hetton parish
  • Thornley Thornley and Wheatley Hill ward; Trimdon Foundry parish
  • Wingate Passfield ward; Castle Eden parish; Wingate parish

In the borough of Sedgefield

  • Aycliffe East Aycliffe Village, Neville and Shafto St Marys parish wards of Great Aycliffe parish
  • Aycliffe North Woodham ward; Woodham South parish ward of Great Aycliffe parish
  • Aycliffe West West ward; Simpasture parish ward of Great Aycliffe parish
  • Chilton Chilton ward; Cornforth parish; Merrington parish ward of Spennymoor parish
  • Ferryhill Broom ward; Ferryhill ward
  • Sedgefield Sedgefield ward; Bishop Middleham parish
  • Shildon East Greenfield Middridge ward; Thickley ward
  • Shildon West Byerley ward; Sunnydale ward
  • Spennymoor and Middlestone Spennymoor ward; Byers Green and Middlestone parish wards of Spennymoor parish
  • Trimdon Fishburn and Old Trimdon ward; New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange ward
  • Tudhoe Low Spennymoor and Tudhoe Grange ward; Tudhoe ward

In the district of Teesdale

  • 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

In the district of Wear Valley

  • Bishop Auckland Town Bishop Auckland Town ward; Cockton Hill ward
  • Coundon Coundon ward; Dene Valley ward
  • Crook North and Tow Law Crook North ward; Howden ward; Tow Law and Stanley ward
  • Crook South Crook South ward; Wheatbottom and Helmington Row ward
  • Weardale St John's Chapel ward; Stanhope ward; Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear ward
  • West Auckland Escomb ward; West Auckland ward
  • Willington Hunwick ward; Willington Central ward; Willington West End ward
  • Woodhouse Close Henknowle ward; Woodhouse Close ward


Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 176 - The County of Durham (Electoral Changes) Order 2005 [1]

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