Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

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A Brief History of the Heritage Group

Chester-le-Street Heritage Group was formed in 1986, although its origins go back to the mid 1960s when it was known as Chester-le-Street Local History Society. The main activities of the Group are 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 Newsletter, Book, CD or through this website, information that we feel may be of interest to amateur or professional historians, researchers into family trees or even those who only want to find out a bit more about our town.

In early August 2007, the Charity Commission confirmed that Chester-le-Street Heritage Group had been awarded Charity Status.

Registered Charity No: 1120080.

CLS Co-op Building Planning Application

A planning application has been submitted to change the remaining unused parts of the Co-operative building from retail to residential, so that 14 new apartments at 1st floor level can be installed. Although not a listed building, it is located within the town centre conservation area and is identified as notable, in an Art Deco style and contributing to the diverse appearance of the Front Street. The first floor is currently unoccupied previously accommodating the furniture/carpet department and a café, which have been empty for several years. The 14 apartments will be either 1 or 2 bedroom units, with separate living rooms/kitchens and bathrooms. The development appears to be directed at first time buyers or accommodation for commuters

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Did you attend Chester-le-Street Grammar School in 1960?

Can you help identify the pupils and teachers in a collection of school photographs from Chester-le-Street Grammar School dating from the school year 1960? If so, we would very much appreciate your help. Just click on “View Photos” above to see the collection.

“Chester Lads & Lasses in the Great War”

The Heritage Group has embarked on a major new project which is being funded by the Heritage National Lottery.

As this is the centenary of the end of the 1914-18 war, the Group will be researching the names of those who were killed in the conflict and recorded on the various war memorials around the town. It is intended that the information discovered will give a greater insight into our Lads and Lasses and their families during those times.

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“FREE” Drop-In Sessions are held on Tuesday mornings

Due to the Coronavirus situation all

Heritage Group Drop-In Sessions have been

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Due to the Coronavirus situation all

Heritage Group Meetings have been suspended

until further notice.

New Members

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“FREE Drop-In Sessions”

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