John Leland described Chester-le-Street in the 1530s as "Chiefly one main street of very mean building in height.", a sentiment echoed by Daniel Defoe.
The viaduct to the northwest of the town centre was completed in 1868 for the North Eastern Railway, to enable trains to travel at high speed on a more direct route between Newcastle and Durham. It is over 230m long with 11 arches, now spanning a road and supermarket car-park, and is a Grade II listed building.
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Magister Robertus Aschbern, Decanus Cestriae, me fecit. Hac campana data Cuthbertus sic cocitata Master Robert Ashburn, Dean of Chester, made me. This bell given is thus named Cuthbert
There are plenty of opportunities for some family fun in Chester-le-Street, from local nature reserves and country parks, to the town's Riverside Park. The park is a popular place to walk, exercise and simply enjoy the surroundings, with artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena and a popular play area and paddling pool. It is also home to a lively splash pad skate park and play area to keep the children entertained.
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Of greatest interest is the eleventh century church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, which is built on the site of a Roman fort called CONCANGIUM. Here also stood the Anglo-Saxon Minster, where the shrine of St Cuthbert was housed. The present church has an interesting museum called the Anker's House, with displays concerning Chester-le-Street's Roman and Anglo-Saxon history.
At the time of the football matches 'Front Street' was actually the A1 road from London to Edinburgh. A bypass was built in the 1950s, which still exists today as the A167. The bypass road itself was partly bypassed by, and partly incorporated in, the A1(M) motorway in the 1970s.
Chester-le-Street rowing club is based on the River Wear near the Riverside cricket ground.
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The small United Reformed Church on Low Chare, just off the main Front Street, was built in 1814 as the Bethel Congregational Chapel and remodelled in 1860. It is still in use and is a Grade II listed building.
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The first of the effigies is not in fact of Adam but Liulf of Great Lumley, an Anglo-Saxon noble, from whom the Lumley family claim descent. Liulf was killed in the eleventh century by one of William Walcher's men in an incident that led to that Bishop's murder at Gateshead in 1080.
At Chester-le-Street, the staff team is Helen, Helen 2, and Paul 1, Jack and Tony. We additionally have an apprentice called Jack, who started in January and has now built up some expertise.
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The town's fascinating past means there are lots of things for history lovers to see and do when visitng the town.
Inside the church at Chester-le-Street, are fourteen Elizabethan effigies of Durham's famous Lumley family. When James, the first king of England and Scotland, visited Chester-le-Street in 1603 he is supposed to have viewed the Lumley effigies and remarked; "I did nae ken Adam's name was Lumley"
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The Romans called their fort Concangis or Concagium, a Latinisation of the Celtic name for the area, which also gave name to the waterway through the town, Cong Burn. The precise name is uncertain as it does not appear in Roman records, but Concangis is the name most cited today. Although a meaning "Place of the horse people" has been given, scholarly authorities consider the meaning of the name obscure.
By the end of the following century the threat of further raids was such that the monks of Lindisfarne were forced to flee their island with the body of Saint Cuthbert and seek refuge on the mainland.
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Lumley Castle was built in 1388. It sits upon the eastern bank of the River Wear and overlooks the town and the Riverside Park.
We will again be visiting because as secretary I did not get one negative comment about the whole day (this is a first for me).
Chester le Street is looking and will soon be playing better
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‘A beautiful, varied, parkland course that offers great views across a historic landscape. This mature course is renowned for its well-maintained greens, challenging holes and friendly welcome’ John Cornish, Member since 1998.
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Last but not least to a handful of your members who were in the clubhouse, they made us very welcome and even gave us a couple of tips which should have shared with the whole group.
Did you know? It was here that the Gospels were first translated into Saxon English and one of only three facsimiles of the Lindisfarne Gospels can be seen at the Parish Church. The attached anchorage contains fascinating displays on Roman, Saxon and Medieval times