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Tynedale District
Former District
Shown within Northumberland
Shown within Northumberland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth East England
Administrative countyNorthumberland
Established1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
Abolished1 April 2009 (2009-04-01)
Admin. HQHexham
 • TypeTynedale Council
 • Leadership:Alternative – Sec.31
 • MPs:Guy Opperman
 • Total857 sq mi (2,219 km2)
 • Rank2nd (formerly)
 • Total58,808
 • Density69/sq mi (27/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code35UF
Ethnicity99.3% White

Tynedale is an area and former local government district in south-west Northumberland, England. The district had a resident population of 58,808 according to the 2001 Census. Its main towns were Hexham, Haltwhistle and Prudhoe. The district contained part of Hadrian's Wall and the southern part of Northumberland National Park.

With an area of 2,219 km2 (857 sq mi) 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. However the name "Tynedale", which predates the formation of the council,[1] is still widely used for the Tyne Valley area of Northumberland.[2]

Settlements and civil parishes

Tynedale contained the settlements and civil parishes of (towns highlighted in bold):

See also


Coordinates: 55°02′10″N 2°07′37″W / 55.036°N 2.127°W / 55.036; -2.127