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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      WARDLES BRIDGE INN - Demolished 13th February, 2017

This week saw the demolition of the old Wardles Bridge Inn, which at one time in the none to distant past was a popular watering hole. Recent planning permission has been obtained for the building of 10 holiday homes, each with a “sun hut” on the site.

The original Inn was located further along the road and still stands today, although it is now a private home and was in existence in the 1850s. The name “Wardles” probably derives from that of the Wardel family who owned nearby Edmondsley in 17th & 18th Centuries.

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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 28th March, 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 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 5th April, 2017

That History Bloke - “The Book of Days”

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

   Members: £2.00 - Non-Members £3.00         

           Members £1.00      (Free Tea/Coffee and Biscuits)

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Heritage Group “FREE Drop-In Sessions

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