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.


New Artwork for Newfield and Pelton Lane Ends.

Two new pieces of artwork/signage have been installed on the approaches to Newfield and Pelton Lane Ends. They commemorate the area’s history going back to the Bronze Age.

The artwork displays a sword, a shield and a spear, representing the area’s Bronze Age history. The heritage of the mining industry is depicted by the inclusion of flames, a miner’s banner and a pit head wheel, with a set of railway tracks highlighting the importance of the local railway infrastructure. Also, there are some poppies included as a tribute to the local men and women who gave their lives in the two world wars. Local historian Dorothy A. Rand worked together with the artist Graeme Hopper, the school pupils and the Local Residents’ Association to create the artwork/signage, which has been placed on the approach to Newfield from Pelton Fell and at Pelton Lane Ends on the road leading from Pelton.

The installations are to be launched at a ceremony on Thursday 30th November at 10.30am.

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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.


Did you work in the collieries? if so we need your help.

This project is the latest undertaking by the Heritage Group and covers the surrounding collieries of Chester-le-Street. The aim is to detail collectable information about the collieries and to display the results on this website. Just click on the READ MORE button.

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“FREE” Drop-In Sessions are held on Tuesday mornings


10am  to 12 noon

 in the Salvation Army Citadel on Low Chare.

The next Drop-In Session will be:

 TUESDAY 9th January, 2018.

Bring your memories, photographs & memorabilia along,

meet the Members & view the Group’s Archive of our town.

Free Tea/Coffee and Biscuits

New Members

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The next meeting will take place on:

10th January 2018.

In the Library on the Front Street

From 7pm to 9pm.

(Small charge of £1.00 for Members and £2.00 for non-members).

Tea, Coffee & Biscuits included.

New Members

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“FREE Drop-In Sessions”

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