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Our programme of talks which are free and open to non-members :-

Saturday 11th November 2017 2:30pm - David Butler: The Turnpike Roads of County Durham at the City Theatre, Fowler’s Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City DH1 3RA. David Butler is a former County Archivist and a well-known local historian in Durham City. He will talk about the Great North Road being one of the first County Durham roads to be turnpiked in the eighteenth century, and explain that the area’s mineral wealth [both coal and lead] and its transport requirements, resulted in a network of road improvements extending far up Durham’s Dales. The reasons for turnpiking, its benefits, and its eventual abolition are examined in this talk.

See our full programme.

Other Events

Events at Durham Cathedral.

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Durham County Local History Society

The Society is a registered charity (no. 235597) formed in 1964 to encourage and promote interest in the study of the history of County Durham.

It particularly focuses on recent centuries when County Durham was playing a major part in the economic and industrial growth of Britain and also making its individual contribution to the social, religious and political development of our country.

The Society attends events promoting local history, issues a range of publications, arranges occasional talks free to non-members and maintains this website.

The Journal, available free to members, includes original contributions on Durham's history, articles on sources and reviews of books.

Other publications, covering original research on a wide range of local topics, are made available to members at reduced prices.

If you have any questions about DCLHS you can contact the Secretary Dr John Banham on 01388 816209, e-mail by clicking here or write to him c/o 21 St. Marys Grove, Tudhoe Village, Spennymoor DL16 6LR

Current Subscription Rates

Due on 1st April 2016
Ordinary Members£15.00
Joint Members (at the same address)£18.00
See our Membership page for details of how to join the Society.

History & Publications

Research into the history and people of County Durham.

Our Journal Editor, Dr Mark Egan, 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 (details on the Publications page).

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