Pelton Fell is less than two miles to the west of Chester-le-Street in County Durham, built on land which rises above the Cong Burn. The village dates from the mid-nineteenth century following the sinking of the mine shaft. The older village of Pelton is a short distance to the north. The addition of the suffix “Fell” suggests that the settlement grew up in what had been a clearing or open country.
The village is split into two sides; Pelton fell side (north side) and Whitehill side. As with many communities in the County the village of Pelton Fell has seen many changes as a direct result of the opening and then closing of the local pits. The village has experienced deprivation and, more recently, moves towards regeneration.
The Pelton Fell History Group was formed by the local people with an interest in the origins and past of their village.