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.

Information received from the stall holders in the Market Hall (previously known as In-Shops) verifies that they have been informed by the Management, that the premises are due to close at the end of November this year.
During the meeting that was held a few weeks ago, all the stall holders were advised to seek business locations elsewhere and already this month four of the businesses have moved to other shops on the Front Street, which leaves just five businesses still occupying the premises.
Seemingly, the whole of the premises is scheduled for demolition and the vacant area is to be converted into a car parking space. The building is owned by a local family concern and is apparently in a good state of repair, although there are suggestions that there are problems with the roof.
A Planning Application was published on 1st October, 2018 by Durham County Council, confirming the proposed demolition of the Market Hall and the intention to convert the site to a car park.

Market Hall - closure due end of November 2018

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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 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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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:

 20th November, 2018.

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 meeting will take place on:

21st November, 2018.

In Chester-le-Street Library

From 7pm to 9pm

Continuation of the “Chester Lads & Lasses of WW1”

Project and any other business.

(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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