Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

The Pelton Memorial - a record of the history of Pelton village.

On Friday 20th March, 2015 the new ‘Pelton Memorial’ was unveiled adjacent to the main entrance of the £4.5 million Lavender Centre in Pelton Village, which opened in 2013.

The 2 metre tall structure is designed to display 12 granite roundels depicting the history and the associations of Pelton Village and the unveiling ceremony included a speech by the Chairman of Durham County Council, Councillor John Robinson, a short history lesson by local historian Dorothy A. Rand and a few words from North Durham MP Kevan Jones.

The Lavender Centre is located on the prominent site of Pelton Lane where the village’s Junior and Infant Schools once stood.

The creation of the monument was carried out by North East sculptor Mr. Russ Coleman and was commissioned by Durham County Council following a process of local consultation.

The funding for the project by developers to the council under Section 106 agreements made as a condition of planning permission granted for housing developments.

After the ceremony, tea and biscuits were provided in Pelton Library.


The 12 roundels include references to the following:


The Pelton Steam Ship Company.

The Pelton Miners Lamp.

Pelton House Farm Milk Cart.

Tommy Hepburn - born in Pelton - Miner’s Leader & Trade Unionist.

Miners on their hunkers.

Hawker Hurricane crash during WWII.

Corn Stacks at Pelton East Farm.

Pelton Community Centre.

Chester Express - A famous local pigeon.

Leak Shows.

Dog Racing.

The Kings Cinema.


Also included on the memorial is the poem “The Pelton Swine”, which will be familiar to many of the villagers and to those from the surrounding area.

Local historian Dorothy Rand was involved in putting together the information for the roundels which a depicted here:

                                     THE ROUNDELS

The ‘Pelton Memorial’ showing the Plinth and the Roundels.

Kevan Jones MP, Dorothy Rand, Councillor John Robinson and North East Sculptor Russ Coleman.

A good turn out included pupils from the nearby Pelton School who sang songs prior to the unveiling of the monument.