Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

The Chester-le-Street Chronicles Project.

This project has involves the digitising of 24 volumes of the Chester-le-Street Chronicles, which were produced weekly. The volumes included all the editions produced from August 1911 to December 1935.

The intention is to convert these newspapers to Adobe PDF format and produce each years editions on separate DVD’s.

So far, DVD’s have been produced for the years:

1913, 1914 , 1915, 1916, 1917 & 1918.

Chester Chronicle Project

Up & Down the Street Project.

The Front Street of the town has seen many changes over the years and  in this project  the Group delved back in history to find out who lived, worked and traded on there. It is expected that the Front Street will continue to evolve and this will probably be an ongoing project.

Up & Down the Street

Chester-le-Street in 1851.

This project was completed some years ago and resulted in a book being published. This book has now been digitised and is available to purchase on CD.

Chester-le-Street in 1891.

A follow on from the 1851 census book. This project was completed in 2006 and resulted in a book being published. This book has now been digitised and is available to purchase on CD.

Ropery Lane Cemetery Project.

This project was started during the summer of 2013 and involves the photographing, digitising and compilation of a database to record all the gravestones in Ropery Lane Cemetery. This work is expected to continue for the next couple of years due to the number of interments to be recorded.

The Heritage Trail Project.

The original Heritage Trail around the town was showing signs of general wear and tear, so with the help of local councillors, the necessary funding and updating of the information boards was undertaken. A new information board was installed at Mill Lane and all the boards were redesigned and a website set up which is managed by the Heritage Group.

Chester-le-Street in 1851 Chester-le-Street in 1891 Heritage Trail Project Ropery Lane Project

Heritage Group Projects

Schools Gathering Project.

A couple of years ago, the Heritage Group held an exhibition which displayed many school photographs which included Chester-le-Street Grammar School, Bullion Lane Secondary Modern, Red Rose School, Hylda Park School and the Hermitage Comprehensive amongst others.

One of the objects of the exhibition was to collect the names of those pupils and teachers who appeared in the photographs. However, one year group in particular, which had the least amount of names associated with the pictures was Chester-le-Street Grammar School for the year 1960. The photographs shown below are the ones that we have the least number of names for and we would greatly appreciate any help you could provide in identifying those displayed here.

Schools Gathering Project

Collieries of Chester-le-Street & Surrounding area.

This is the Heritage Group’s latest project which was started in the autumn of 2015. Here the intention is to bring together as much information as possible about the individual collieries and for this we are asking for your memories of this area when it was a mining landscape.

Please get in touch via the “CONTACT US” page of this website if you would like your memories recording or if you have any memorabilia or photographs that we could copy.

Chester Moor Colliery - c1893

Collieries Project