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.

A new shop on the block

The book and stationery shop opened for business on Friday the 5th July in its new location at 120B, Front Street, between Savers and the PDSA at the upper part of the street in premises previously occupied by “Store Twenty One”

Hopefully, this is the start of a trend for new shops to come to the town. There are rumours at the moment that Clem’s Fish & Chip Shop and Virgin Money are to close at some time later this year.

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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.

“Chester Lads & Lasses - For Ever”

The Heritage Group have completed their major new project and will be holding an exhibition in the Lambton Arms on 27th, 28th & 29th June between 10am and 4pm each day.

So if you have any family members who served during WW1, then why not call in to the exhibition and see what information we’ve collected. There may be letters home, announcements of military awards or even a photograph of your relatives.

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GRAMMAR SCHOOL 1960 Photographs


NEW EXHIBITION - 27th to 29th JUNE    

“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:

 3rd September, 2019.

Bring your memories, photographs & memorabilia along,

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

Tea/Coffee and Biscuits Available.

New Members

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The Next Group Meeting

4th September, 2019.

Chester-le-Street Library

7pm to 9pm

A small £2 charge for Members (£3 for Non-members)

Free Tea, Coffee and Biscuits provided.

“Setting up the Exhibition”

(Small charge of £1.00 for Members - £2.00 for Non-Members).

Tea, Coffee & Biscuits included.

New Members

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“FREE Drop-In Sessions”

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