Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

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The People

Chester-le-Street has had its fair share of notable people over the years. Some were born here in the town, others were born close by and some came here to live from elsewhere.

This is not a definitive list and those shown here are just a few picked at random. Some you may be familiar with, some may be new to you.

If you feel that someone could be added to this list, then please get in touch with us through the CONTACT US page.

Just click on the name of the person you would like to read about.

Arthur Carver Donald Owen Clarke Raymond Selkirk Sir Lindsay Wood Vincent Parker

Arthur Carver

Arthur Carver was for many years a highly respected member of the 2nd Scout Group in Chester-le-Street and progressed through the ranks to eventually become their life president.

Arthur was also a keen cricketer, playing for Chester-le-Street Cricket Club for several seasons.

He had his own barbers shop on the Front Street, where heated discussions on the topics of the day were thrashed out . Read more about Arthur by clicking here:

Donald Owen Clarke

Donald’s claim to fame centres on his bravery and devotion to duty when he helped save the lives of his crew mates after their ship was torpedoed  during World War II. He is commemorated in the Parish Church and his name has been a source of inspiration for  Chester-le-Street Sea Cadets. Read more about Donald here:

Vincent “Bush” Parker.

Born “Vincent Wheatley” in Chester-le-Street, his life has been recorded in a book by the Australian Author Colin Burgess. Following the early death of his mother, Vincent was adopted by his Aunt and Uncle and emigrated to Australia. He returned to England to join the RAF, but was shot down during the Battle of Britain and captured the Germans, eventually ending up in the high security prison called Colditz Castle, where he rubbed shoulders with such men as Douglas Bader. After being freed by the Americans, he returned to England to continue his Pilot Training, but sadly crashed and was killed in Northumberland. Read his story here:

Raymond Selkirk.

Another Cestrian who was associated with aviation for many years and a keen historian and archaeologist. The author of a book “Chester-le-Street and it’s place in History” which is well worth a read, who’s controversial opinions are still discussed today. Read his story here:

Sir Lindsay Wood.

Wealthy land and colliery owner and benefactor for many causes in Chester-le-Street, particularly the Workhouse. He lived in the Hermitage the only remaining Grand House in the town. His head stone can be seen next to St. Mary’s Nursing Home boundary wall, which used to be Oak’s Field and later became the New Cemetery when the original cemetery at the Parish Church reached capacity. Read his Story here:

Charles Rollo Barrett JP.

A wealthy Mining Engineer who lived at Whitehill Hall, contributed much to town. Lost his son Lindsay in 1916 a victim of the First World War and he himself died suddenly a year later, just two days before he and his family were due to move to the nearby Pelaw House.

                                                                                                 Read his story here:

Charles R. Barrett