Chester-le-Street Heritage Group
Last year (2013), the Lindisfarne Gospels were returned to the North East its ancestral home, for a short while and were exhibited at the Durham University's Palace Green Library. But did you know that there is a facsimile copy of the book held in the Parish Church of St. Mary & St. Cuthbert in Chester-le-Street?
Murray Engineering was a major manufacturing company based in Chester-le-Street. They were highly respected and in there hay day were the producers of large stationary steam engines mainly used for pumping water out of coal mines.
Chester-le-Street has a history of flooding going back many hundreds of years.
Hopefully the extensive improvement works to flood control management in the town, which started in July 2014, will help to alleviate the problem.
Here is a brief list of some of the most notable instances of flooding that have occurred in the past:
A Brief History of Chester-le-Street.
A very quick run through of the main points of the history of Chester-le-Street outlining the earliest date where the name has been recorded and the origins of its name and how it has changed to what it is today.
The potted history of the Workhouse in Chester-le-Street going back to its origins and how it progressed, eventually the building becoming the General Hospital and Council Registry Offices for Births, Marriages and Deaths.
It is common knowledge that Chester-le-Street was selected by the Romans to the site of one of their supply forts for the garrisons defending Hadrian’s Wall. There have been many Archaeological excavations in the town centred around the Parish Church and Park View School. Here are just a few of the details:
The Co-op that originated in Chester-le-Street began trading in 1862 and gradually progresses in creasing staff, extending to nearby villages and eventually purchasing land on the Front Street where the main department store was built. This was burnt down in 1931, but a new store was built in 1932 and remained in business until closure in 2010.
Shrove Tide Football.
This game of football, with very few rules was played out in the Front Street from 1pm and usually ended at 6pm. The game is not peculiar to Chester-le-Street, it was also played in Alnwick in Northumberland and is still played in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The game ceased to be played in 1932 due to complaints by Front Street businesses.
The Chester-le-Street Deanery Murder.
Back in 2008, the Heritage Group received a telephone call asking if the Group would be interested in receiving a human skull and associated bones which were discovered back in 1965 during building excavations under the then Grammar School Hall (now Park View School). This is the story that emerged:
The murder of Annie Walker.
The year was 1630 and the place Great Lumley. This is the story of the murder of a young girl , the culprit was accepted as having been revealed by the girls ghostly appearance to the miller one night when he was working late at the Old Mill down Old Mill Lane.
Who do you think committed the murder?