Place:Tynedale District, Northumberland, England

NameTynedale District
TypeDistrict municipality
Coordinates55.04°N 2.13°W
Located inNorthumberland, England     (1974 - 2009)
See alsoHexham, Northumberland, Englandurban district absorbed in 1974
Prudhoe, Northumberland, Englandurban district absorbed in 1974
Bellingham Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district absorbed in 1974
Haltwhistle Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district absorbed in 1974
Hexham Rural, Northumberland, Englandrural district absorbed in 1974

In Northumberland the Local Government Act 1972 which came into being on 1 April 1974 had two effects.

  • It created the new metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear to which Newcastle upon Tyne and Tynemouth were transferred.
  • It introduced a pattern of two-tier government to the non-metropolitan county that covered the remaining county of Northumberland. The lower level of government was in the hands of a series of "district councils" or district municipalities, each of which covered a group of municipal boroughs, urban and rural districts in existence until that time. These district councils were abolished in 2008 and today Northumberland is a unitary authority.
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The Tynedale District (#4 on map) was a local government district in southwest Northumberland, England. It had a resident population of 58,808 according to the 2001 Census, and was named after the River Tyne (and also the old Tynedale Ward). Its main towns were Hexham, Haltwhistle and Prudhoe. The district contained part of Hadrian's Wall.

With an area of 2,219 km² it was the second largest English district, after the East Riding of Yorkshire. It was bigger than several English counties, including Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Hertfordshire. It was also the second-least densely populated district (behind Eden, Cumbria). The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was a merger of Hexham and Prudhoe urban districts, along with Bellingham, Haltwhistle and Hexham Rural Districts.

Tynedale was historically a liberty created alongside the county of Hexhamshire by Henry I of England.

The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England effective from 1 April 2009 with responsibilities being transferred to Northumberland County Council, a unitary authority.

Map Source: Wikimedia Commons


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  • Northumberland Archives previously known as Northumberland Collections Service and Northumberland County Record Office. Now based within Woodhorn Museum in Ashington and providing free access to numerous records for local and family historians alike.
Full postal address: Museum and Northumberland Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF; Phone: 01670 624455
There is a branch office in Berwick upon Tweed.
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