Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

A New Book - “A Durham Miner and his Wife”

"A Durham Miner and his Wife" is the new book by Dorothy Rand. It tells the story of Jack and Bella Lawson, later Lord and Lady Lawson of Beamish. Jack was a miner and lived locally 1910-1965, he worked as a member of the DMA, as a County Councillor and as our MP to improve the working and living conditions of miners and other workers. He was known as "The Champion of the Working Man". Bella pioneered Child Welfare Clinics in County Durham after WW1. New information provides interesting accounts of local events, including the story of the Lawsons' adopted son Clive who was killed by the Beamish Bomb in 1942.

This book is not available in any shops.

The book can be collected in person from Dorothy Rand at Pelton Lane Ends or can be posted if required.

 Books cost £10.95 each

 Postage if required is £3

 This is an A4 size book with 88 pages

 Contact details for her are.

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 Phone - 0191 3700433