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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.

Waldridge Working Men’s Club Gable End Collapse

Following the collapse of the gable end of the old Waldridge Working Men’s Club the building has now been demolished. The club building had been derelict for some time and had suffered from vandalism and theft of lead from the roof in the past, which may have contributed to its unstable condition. A decision was therefore taken that the building should be demolished for safety reasons.The club, otherwise known as “Dene House”, had the foundation stone laid by William Morris Esq., on the 15th July, 1905. When the Club closed, it became a private residence, eventually being abandoned due to structural problems. At the time of writing this it is still unknown who actually owned the property.

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CAN YOU HELP?

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 in the Great War”

The Heritage Group has embarked on a major new project which is being funded by the Heritage National Lottery.

As this is the centenary of the end of the 1914-18 war, the Group will be researching the names of those who were killed in the conflict and recorded on the various war memorials around the town. It is intended that the information discovered will give a greater insight into our Lads and Lasses and their families during those times.

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

Then why not join “CHESTER-LE-STREET HERITAGE GROUP”.

Just click on the button below to find out more:

GRAMMAR SCHOOL 1960 Photographs

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NEW PROJECT

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

from

10am  to 12 noon

 in the Salvation Army Citadel on Low Chare.

The next Drop-In Session will be:

 19th June, 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:

20th June, 2018.

In Chester-le-Street Library

From 7pm to 9pm

Project Meeting - Members Only Night

(Small charge of £1.00 for Members).

Tea, Coffee & Biscuits included.

New Members

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“FREE Drop-In Sessions”

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