Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

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A Brief History of the Heritage Group

Chester-le-Street Heritage Group was formed in 1986, although its origins go back to the mid 1960s when it was known as Chester-le-Street Local History Society. The main activities of the Group are the study of local history issues, in particular Chester-le-Street and the surrounding area.

Our intention is to research and share information and knowledge relating to the history of Chester-le-Street throughout the ages. Wherever possible we aim to publish either in Newsletter, Book, CD or through this website, information that we feel may be of interest to amateur or professional historians, researchers into family trees or even those who only want to find out a bit more about our town.

In early August 2007, the Charity Commission confirmed that Chester-le-Street Heritage Group had been awarded Charity Status.

Registered Charity No: 1120080.


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Civil War Skeletons to be re-buried

The remains of around 17 to 28 sets of skeletons which were discovered during the course of building works on Palace Green, Durham in 2013, are to be re-interred at Elvet Hill Cemetery.

The skeletons are those of Scottish prisoners who were captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. They were apparently forced to march from south east Scotland to Durham City. Many died during the journey, some however escaped, but others were executed or died of disease or malnutrition while imprisoned.

It is possible that there are more mass graves lying uder the current University buildings.

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Did you attend Chester-le-Street Grammar School in 1960?

Can you help identify the pupils and teachers in a collection of school photographs from Chester-le-Street Grammar School dating from the school year 1960? If so, we would very much appreciate your help. Just click on “View Photos” above to see the collection.

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    The Heritage Group meet in the Library on the 1st and 3rd      

Wednesday evenings of each month at 7pm until 9pm.

         The next Heritage Group Meeting will be held on:

  Wednesday 7th September, 2016.

Continuing work on the Collieries Project.

 This is a Public Meeting and you’re welcome to come along and join in

   Members: £1.00 - Non-Members £2.00 - (First Time Visitors FREE)

  (Free Tea/Coffee and Biscuits)

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Charles Rollo Barrett JP.

Charles Rollo Barrett JP was a wealthy mining engineer who lived at Whitehill Hall and contributed much to the town and its people. He lost his son Lindsay in 1916, a victim of the First World War and he himself died suddenly a year later just two days before he was due to move to Pelaw House.

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