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Journal 75 - Cover
Journal 75

The Journal

OUR NEW JOURNAL EDITOR - Mark Egan, a longstanding member of the society, resident in Jersey but a native of South Shields, has recently taken over as the society’s Journal editor. Mark has previously written for the society on 19th century politics in South Shields and has also undertaken extensive research on pilotage on the Tyne. Mark is keen to maintain the society’s proud record in publishing high-quality articles on the history of the county, its people and industries. He would like to hear from members interested in writing for the Journal, who have suggestions to make about the Journal’s format and contents or who wish to suggest subjects to be covered and possible authors. Mark can be contacted by email at

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The Society's Journal (formerly Bulletin) is now published annually:-

Full Index covering Bulletin 1 to Journal 70. (180k).

Full List of Articles published between 1964 and 2015 - showing Titles and Authors.(142k).

JOURNAL 80 - Published in November 2015, view the contents of Journal 80 (156k) which includes articles on:

  • Sir Robert Hodshon, a lunatic knight by Jose Bosworth, Pat Hudson, Maureen Johnson and Denise Shillitoe
  • Durham Aged Miners' Homes - a unique provision for retired workers by Helen Caffrey.

JOURNAL 79 - Published in November 2014 and includes articles on :

  • Robert Cloughton {a Trafalgar veteran who was transported to Tasmania} by Nigel M Clayton and Tony Barrow.
  • Colliery Health Care in the Nineteenth Century North Durham Coalfield by Marian Morrison.
  • Children of the Pit Villages by Philip Dyer.

Journal Reviews : A History of Whitwell Colliery & The Letters of John Buddle to Lord Londonderry 1820-1843. These reviews were intended for publication in Journal 79 but were omitted from the printed version in error and are published here (28k).

DS9 Bowes Book

Documentary Series

VOLUME 9 - George Bowes' Canvassing Books for the Parliamentary By-Election in the City of Durham January 1729/30 by Elizabeth Fewster was published in September 2015. The Society’s first publication in its documentary series for twenty years, by Elizabeth Fewster, has been well received. It was featured in 2016 in the British Association for Local History Review Editor’s round-up ‘highlighting recent work across a broad geographical and chronological spread’ in The Local Historian, April 2016, vol. 46, no. 2. See below for the review by Dr Sarah Rose.

The North East of England also has a long history of significant privilege when it came to power and authority, with the County Palatine of Durham being controlled by the bishop. The longevity of these institutions raises important questions about the rights of citizenship – questions also provoked by Magna Carta in terms of political participation, rights, and liberties. In Durham, such was the power ofthe bishop, that it had no right to elected representation until 1673. Given how relatively recent parliamentary representation came there, the Durham City by-election of 1729/30 thus forms an important episode. Records relating to event have been published by the Durham County Local History Society to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014 (congratulations!). George Bowes’ Canvassing Books provide numerous insights into the processes of election in an era when the franchise was limited within the City to Freeman (a member of the City’s trade companies). As is explained in the thorough introduction to this volume, George Bowes dominated local politics, having represented Durham County for over thirty years. He had used his considerable wealth to literally buy the support of voters to secure his own position, before turning his attentions to helping the Tory candidate for the City. Bowes’s canvassing books name the potential voters – 1,405 people in all – giving their address and occupation, as well as annotations about whether they could be swayed. A variety of social class is represented among the electorate, together with some fifty occupations and some 65 Roman Catholics (who were barred from voting unless they swore oaths of Supremacy and Abjuration). To aid future analysis, this edited version has done away with the alphabetical arrangement of the original text and grouped people according to company. An additional column has also been added, giving dates of admission to each company, drawn from the Durham City Guild Records. This information can thus lend much to our understanding of the City and its workings in this era, as well as assisting research into individuals or families.

Biographies 6- Cover


The following volumes in the Durham Biographies series, which was published in six volumes between 2000 and 2009, are available :

Volumes 1-4 and 6 at 4.00 GBP plus 2.50 GBP postage and packing.

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