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“Up and Down the Street - Project”

The Heritage Group is currently nearing the completion of a three year project which looks back at the past one hundred years of the town’s Front Street.

This has involved researching all the shops and businesses that have existed on or near the Front Street since the turn of the twentieth century. Old photographs have been collected, together with period advertisements and census records and trade directories consulted along with old copies of the Chester-le-Street Chronicle. The research has amassed a considerable amount of information and details which will be of interest to many Cestrian’s and local historians.

The next project due to start in 2011 will focus on the many schools that have existed in the town right up to the present day and will commence with an exhibition of old school photographs to be held in the Salvation Army Citadel during the Easter period.