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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Up for sale - The site of the Civic Centre

The site where the Civic Centre once stood is now up for sale. Durham County Council has announced that the land is on the market, but the asking price is currently unknown.

The Civic Centre was opened by the Duke of Gloucester on the 6th May, 1982 and demolished in November 2014 and won awards for its design and its steel construction. There was even an attempt to save the building by having it made Grade II listed, but that unfortunately failed.

However, there has now been a call for the money raised by the sale of the land to be reinvested in the town. One suggestion is for the money to be used to directly support community buildings, which would benefit all residents and the various groups such as those running art projects and youth groups etc..

The land is now earmarked for new housing.

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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 21st November, 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 next meeting will take place on:

15th November, 2017.

In the Library on the Front Street

From 7pm to 9pm.

A discussion about the future of the towns

Heritage Trail & the Group’s next project.

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

Tea, Coffee & Biscuits included.

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“FREE Drop-In Sessions”

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