Our next meeting will be on

Wednesday 5 June 2024

A Talk By John Stewart on his experience of retailing on the Front Street

7:00pm Lambton Arms

Everyone Welcome – Small Charge £2.00 Includes Tea/Coffee

We meet every Tuesday with our next Drop-In on

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Lambton Arms

10:00am – Noon

Everyone Welcome – Small Charge £1.00 Includes Tea/Coffee

History Group Exhibition & Drop-In

We now meet in the Lambton Arms (the old Spanish Bar for those of a certain age) where you can ask to view our extensive archives. Share your memories or ask questions about the town or region. For instance the photo is from 1960 and was taken at the Council School (now Cestria School) next to the Parish Church. It was one of over a hundred photographs taken at the time. You can view these and many more we have of other schools including The Grammar (Park View) or The Secondary Modern. Why not pop in between 10-12 o’clock on a Tuesday and see what we have.

Chester-le-Street Council Infant and Juniors 1960

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 is the study of local history, 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. Wherever possible we aim to publish either in Newsletter, Book, Digital Media or through this website, information that we feel may be of interest to amateur or professional historians, researchers into family history or those who only want to find out a bit more about our town.

Join Us

If you are interested in local history or wish to research your family history then why not join us. Unable to attend meetings but still wish to help preserve the history of the town and surrounding area then we also offer a Friends Membership. Please see our Join Us Page for more details