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About Chester-le-Street Heritage Group.

We are a purely voluntary group formed in 1986, with the main activities being the study of local history issues, in particular Chester-le-Street and the surrounding area.

Our intention is to research and share information and knowledge relating to the history of Chester-le-Street throughout the ages. Wherever possible we aim to publish either in book form, via CD or through our web sites, information that we feel may be of interest to amateur or professional historians, researchers into their family trees or even those who only want to find out a bit more about our town.


Registered Charity No: 1120080.

In early August 2007, the Charity Commission wrote to all the nominated Trustees advising that Chester-le-Street Heritage Group had been successful with its application for Charity Status.
Thanks must go to Dorothy Hall for all her efforts in compiling the necessary information and submitting the application.

Please Note: This website is the subject of continuous updating and improvement wherever possible, so please keep visiting us and you are welcome to download any information that may be of interest.

If anyone has any subjects that they would like to see researched or have any information including photographs, maps and newspaper cuttings, then please get in touch either through this website by submitting your request using the “Contact Us” section shown above or by telephoning 0191-3885592

and ask for the Secretary.


Heritage Group Newsletter.


The Heritage Group produce a quarterly newsletter covering local topics and news items of interest.

If you would like to download a free copy of the latest issues, then please click on the buttons below:

Become a Friend of Chester-le-Street Heritage Group.

Members of Chester-le-Street Heritage Group give their time and expertise freely and have published several booklets. The Group has secured several grants for special projects like 'Home Front Recall', ‘1851 Census’, '1891 Census' and our current project 'Up and Down the Street'.
However, this money is not available for the running costs of the Group. We would like to have a Heritage Centre where members of the public can access our archives for their own research, either into local history or for family tree research, and where members of the Group can work and store valuable artefacts and equipment securely.
If you are interested in the local history of Chester-le-Street and would like to help us establish a Heritage Centre, but don't have the time or the wish to attend our meetings, you can become a Friend of Chester-le-Street Heritage Group by paying a small annual subscription. The money raised every year will contribute to the rent and running costs of a permanent Heritage Centre in Chester-le-Street.
We request that the annual subscription to become a Friend be a minimum of £8.00, and we are grateful for any donations above that amount that you choose to subscribe.
What do you get for becoming a Friend? Free hard copies of our Newsletter, concessions on the cost of booklets and CDs produced by the Group, and half price entry to some events put on by the Group throughout the year, as well as the satisfaction of helping to preserve and make available to the general public the heritage of Chester-le-Street.
Organisations that become Friends of the Heritage Group benefit from publicity in our Newsletter and at events.

If you would like to become a Friend of Chester-le-Street Heritage Group, then please download a copy of the application form:
Friends Application Form PDF Friends Application Form .doc March 2014 September 2013 June 2013 December 2013