Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

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Horner’s & Dainty Dinah Display

Chester-le-Street Heritage Group have installed a display of old photographs, original sweet and toffee tins and information about G.W. Horner’s Sweet Factory that once occupied the land now used as a car park next to Morrison’s Supermarket and the Iceland Store.

The Horner’s factory was one of the major employers in Chester-le-Street for many years and closed in the early 1960s. Some of its former staff still reside in the town and we are thankful for their memories and contributions over the years.

This collection that the Heritage Group have put together, is normally stored at the Resource Centre at Beamish Museum, but when the opportunity became available to make use of these three display windows in St. Cuthbert’s Walk, it seemed fitting to show just some of the memorabilia associated with the Horner’s Factory (known as Five Acres of Sweetness) and Dainty Dinah, that the Group has managed to collect over the years. It also seemed fitting, that this display should compliment the statue of Dainty Dinah now standing next to the entrance to Morrison’s Supermarket.

It is hoped that the Heritage Group will be able to continue to use these windows for future exhibitions of local history memorabilia, which could encourage visitors to the Shopping Mall.

When this exhibition has closed, a new page will be placed on this website giving more details about the history of Horner’s Toffee Factory.

The Display Windows in St. Cuthbert’s Walk Shopping Mall

The Dainty Dinah Statue now located next to Morrison’s