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The village is situated in south-west Durham, England. The main A689 road, passing through its centre, gives good access to Durham, Darlington, Newcastle and Teesside, all with main-line rail stations, the two latter with international airports. Originally an area with a mining, industrial and railway heritage, the nature of the village has changed with the demise of these activities, not only in demographic terms, but also in terms of its social life and community spirit.

Howden-le-Wear Local History Society

The Society was formed in March 1995 with the aim of recording and preserving the village heritage for future generations. Its main objectives are toco-ordinate research into the history of Howden-le-Wear and its immediate environs, and to provide a permanent archive of heritage material in a variety of formats, which, it is hoped, will not only disseminate information to a wider audience, but will also stimulate interest in our village history. To further achieve these aims, regular monthly meetings are arranged to include topics of local interest, often with guest speakers, exhibitions are staged and a series of publications produced.

The society is formally constituted with the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting in March.


Meetings, open to members and the general public, are held in The History Room at Howden-le-Wear Community Centre, Hargill Road. Details of the calendar and meeting topics are published locally, in the press and on the web.


Further information about any aspects of the Society and its work may be obtained by filling in an online form.