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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HSBC Bank Closed

The HSBC Branch at 101, Front Street, Chester-le-Street, closed its doors for the final time on Friday 20th January, 2017 at 2.30pm..

All accounts will have been transferred to their Bridges branch at: 49-51, The Bridges Shopping Centre, Market Square, Sunderland and staff will have been transferred to the HSBC branches at Durham & Sunderland.

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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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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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“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 21st February, 2017.

Bring your memories, photographs & memorabilia along,

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

Free Tea/Coffee and Biscuits

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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 1st March, 2017

“Coal Mining”  

Speaker: Dorothy Hamilton.

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

   Members: £2.00 - Non-Members £3.00 - (First Time Visitors FREE)

          Members £1.00 (Free Tea/Coffee and Biscuits)

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Heritage Group “FREE Drop-In Sessions