Coordinates: 54°51′36″N 1°34′26″W / 54.860°N 1.574°W / 54.860; -1.574

Chester-le-Street District

Shown within ceremonial County Durham
 • 197416,243 acres (65.73 km2)[1]
 • 197348,730[1]
 • 199252,900[2]
 • 200153,692[3]
 • OriginChester-le-Street urban and rural districts
 • Created1974
 • Abolished2009
 • Succeeded byCounty Durham
ONS code20UB
GovernmentChester-le-Street District Council
 • HQChester-le-Street

Chester-le-Street was a local government district in County Durham, England. Its council was based in Chester-le-Street. Other places in the district included Great Lumley and Sacriston.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 as part of a general reorganisation of local administration throughout England and Wales carried out under the Local Government Act 1972. Chester-le-Street was one of eight non-metropolitan districts into which County Durham was divided, and was formed from the areas of the abolished urban district of Chester-le-Street along with the bulk of Chester-le-Street Rural District, namely the parishes of Bournmoor, Birtley (reduced in size), Edmondsley, Great Lumley, Lambton, Little Lumley, North Lodge (created from the part of Harraton outside Washington New Town), Ouston, Pelton, Plawsworth, Sacriston, South Biddick (reduced in size), Urpeth and Waldridge.[1] The remainder of the rural district was transferred to the metropolitan boroughs of Gateshead and Sunderland, in the new county of Tyne and Wear.


The district council did not have a coat of arms, but instead used the design of the chairman's badge of office as its logo. the design consisted of a circle divided by a curved cross into four quarters.

The emblems in the upper left and lower left quarters were subsequently altered to a bishop's mitre and a Roman eagle standard.[5]


The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England being replaced by a new unitary authority called Durham County Council.

Electoral divisions

See also: Chester-le-Street local elections

Villages in Chester-le-Street district


  1. ^ a b c Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 46. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.
  2. ^ OPCS Key population and Vital Statistics 1992
  3. ^ "Chester-le-Street". Census 2001. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  4. ^ Description of the Chairman's Badge, information sheet published by Chester-le-Street Council, 1989.
  5. ^ "History and Profile". Chester-le-Street District Council. 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-04-05. Retrieved 2002-04-30.