Welcome to the Chester-le-Street Heritage Group’s Project Website.
This site “Up and Down the Street” is where the current research and work being undertaken by the Chester le Street Heritage Group will be exhibited.
The Group were successful in their bid for Heritage Lottery Funding and over the next few years we hope to have much new material to place on this site.
Aims of the project
The Heritage Group’s “Up and Down The Street” project will Research, Record and Preserve information and memories about the Front Street.
The Group will also endeavour to raise awareness and educate the public about the history and heritage surrounding the Front Street over the last one hundred years or so.
How the project will develop
Researching historical records mainly from Durham Record Office to build a historical record of the shops, houses and public houses which have been on Front Street .
Working with local people to record their memories, contact will also be made with current employers and employees to make this a record of the now as well as the past.
Building a photographic archive of the Front Street buildings, people and activities.
Building an ephemera and artefacts archive of the Front Street.
What we need
The Heritage Group are interested in contacting people, both those who live in the town and those who have family connections to borrow, copy and return, photographs and postcards of the Front Street. Members of the Group are able to scan photographs, negatives and slides, convert 8mm Film and Video of events that happened in Chester-le-Street.
Ephemera to do with the Front Street is also require which could include, bill headings, paper bags and advertising material.
The Group also thinks it is important to record for future historians oral memories of people who:-
1. Were shop workers.
2. Were owners of shops and businesses.
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A view of the Viaduct from Bridge End c1900.
Murray’s Garden and fountain can be see on the left and to the right below the viaduct can be seen the streets known as Canada.
A View of Bridge End looking south from Newcastle Bank early 1900s.
The cone shaped roof of the original Co-operative store can be seen indicating that this photograph was taken before the fire of 1932, which resulted in the new Co-op Building which we still see today.
The Lambton Arms c1900 on the right.
The old Police Station and Courts can be seen in the centre of this photograph, this space is now occupied by the library .
Lloyd’s Bank building is on the left and still exists today although it is now the location for a well known Turf Accountants.