Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

Up & Down the Street Project

The Up & Down the Street project began back in 2007 when the Heritage Group was successful in bidding for Heritage Lottery Funding to finance the costs of the project.

The project involved the Group researching historical records mainly from Durham Record Office, to build a historical record of the shops, homes and public houses which have at various times through history resided on the Front Street .

The Group also worked with local people where memories were recorded and contact was also made with businesses employers and employees to make this a record of the now (2007) as well as the past.


The information received helped in the building of a photographic archive of the Front Street buildings, its people and their activities and pastimes.

An ephemera and artefacts archive of the Front Street was built up during the course of the research and a website was produced in collaboration with the students at Sunderland University to help them design and develop a practical example of building and website as part of their course work.

This website can be viewed by clicking on the button below:

Up & Down the Street Website

The Front Street looking towards Murray’s House in the distance, with William Mitchell’s Grocery Store on the right and the building in the Left with the railings around it is ST. Mary’s House, which became the Council Offices and was then demolihsed to make way for St. Cuthbert’s Walk Shopping Mall.

A view of the Bridge End area. Here we see that Murray’s House has been replaced with the Primitive Methodist Church.

The War Memorial had not been built at the time of this picture postcard which dates it to being pre. 1925.

The ‘Top End’ of the Front Street with the High Crown Public house visible on the left of this photo postcard.

The Up & Down the Street website displays some of the techniques popular with the young designers of the early 2000s and one aspect takes advantage of the facilities offered by Google Maps, where by clicking on the markers placed on the Front Street, you are taken to an actual photographic view of the location.