Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

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Exhibition Title: Up & Down The Street

Date: August 2008

Location: The Salvation Army Citadel, Low Chare, Chester-le-Street.

Up & Down The Street:

This project involved investigating the businesses and buildings which had occupied the Front Street of Chester-le-Street as far back as we could find information, right up to the time of the project in 2008.

An archive of photographs was collected from many sources and references were made to old maps and Trade Directories such as Whelan’s and Pigot’s along with many other sources of information about the history of the Front Street.

Photographs were taken of all the Front Street shops as it was in 2008, along with extensions into some of the side streets.

As part of their academic project, students from Sunderland University designed a website to reflect some of the aspects of the research, which can still be visited by clicking on the button below:

Visit: Up & Down the Street

In the July of 2008, an Exhibition displaying the information, photographs and other artefacts that had been collected was held in the Salvation Army Citadel and an opening speech was made by Kevan Jones MP.

The Exhibition was open for one week and was well attended by visitors wishing to learn more about our towns history.

The Salvation Army Citadel in Low Chare

Kevan Jones MP, with Members of Chester-le-Street Heritage Group at the launch of the Exhibition 2008

A Quote from the Northern Echo – 30th July, 2008

MP opens town’s heritage exhibition.

NORTH DURHAM MP Kevan Jones officially opened an exhibition giving a comprehensive overview of a market town’s history.

The display by Chester-le-Street Heritage Group opened in the Salvation Army building, in the town’s Low Chare, on Monday.


Group chair, Mrs Dorothy Hall said: “We had 170 visitors to our exhibition on the first day, which was very good.

“One of the visitors was Mary Mossop, 92, who kept local history alive in Chester-le-Street for many years and was an inspiration to many of us.”


In the evenings, Malcolm Smith gave a talk on ‘Handcuffs and Hoses’ and George Nairn gave a talk on North-East Photographers.

Admission was FREE and tea, coffee and biscuits were available for a small charge.

The exhibition was open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and on Friday night to 6pm.. The exhhibition closed on Saturday at 4pm..

Items for sale included coasters, books, bookmarks, and key rings with a Chester-le- Street theme, and DVDs on Beamish Waggonways and Chester-le-Street in the Sixties and Seventies were also available for a modest fee.

Can you help?

This is an ongoing project as there is still much to be learnt about the Front Street of our town.

If you have any information about the businesses, buildings or people associated with the Front Street, then please get in touch either through the CONTACT US page on this website or by calling in to one of our Drop-In Sessions or Meetings, the dates of which are listed on our HOME PAGE or on the CALENDAR.