Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

Copyright      Chester-le-Street Heritage Group - All rights reserved.

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.


Site Search

Finchale Training College backdrop to George Gently

The college has been returned to normal following it being transformed into a Police Station for the new series of George Gently, the BBC’s well-loved Crime Drama due to be aired on 21st May and later this year.

Unfortunately, this will be the last series for Gently and Bacchus and will include two feature-length episodes entitled “Gently Liberated” and “Gently and the New Age”.

In December last year,the College was transformed into a 1940s period Police Station and its reception area converted into a full custody suite.

Type in your keyword that you would like to search:

Click on the ‘underlined’ words to view the article:

Welcome to the Heritage Group Website

Scrolling News Items


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.

 Heritage Group Meetings

 Recently added articles

Disclaimer Legal Info

Interested in “LOCAL HISTORY” ? Need help with your RESEARCH?


Just click on the button below to find out more:

GRAMMAR SCHOOL 1960 Photographs



“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 4th July, 2017.

Bring your memories, photographs & memorabilia along,

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

Free Tea/Coffee and Biscuits

New Members

Click here to find out more:

    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 28th June, 2017

Subjects: The Heritage Trail

             Travelling Books & AOB

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

   Members: £1.00 - Non-Members £2.00         

           Members £1.00      (Free Tea/Coffee and Biscuits)

New Members

Click here to find out more:

“FREE Drop-In Sessions”

View Photos Read More