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 our Contact Us page.

Arthur Carver

Arthur Carver was for many years a highly respected member of the 2nd Scout Group and progressed through the ranks to eventually become their life president. He had his own barber’s shop on the Front Street, where heated discussions on the topics of the day were thrashed out.

Donald Owen Clark

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.

Vincent “Bush” Parker

Born “Vincent Wheatley” in Chester-le-Street, following the early death of his mother, Vincent was adopted by his Aunt and Uncle and immigrated to Australia. He returned to England to join the RAF, but was shot down during the Battle of Britain and captured by the Germans, eventually ending up in the high security prison Colditz Castle, where he rubbed shoulders with such men as Douglas

Sir Lindsay Wood

Wealthy land and colliery owner and benefactor for many causes in the town particularly the Workhouse. He lived in the Hermitage the only remaining Grand House in the town.

Charles Rollo Barrett

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