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Publications

Below you will find information about the books and maps we sell, including useful indexes for family and local history, and books about popular archive collections such as Winterton Hospital, and the Strathmore Estate records.

Our publications are categorised as follows:

Books about archaeology
Books about popular archive collections
Books on aspects of local history
Family and local history indexes
Printed maps

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Books about archaeology

Archaeology County Durham: Issue 12, 2017


Archaeology County Durham: Issue 12, 2017

Paperback: 82 pages
Publisher: Durham County Council (2017)
ISBN: 9781907445835
Dimensions: 21 x 29.7 x 0.5cm
Price: £7.00 (plus postage where applicable)

The latest edition of this magazine covers the work of the Archaeology Section at Durham County Council in 2016-17. Read about exciting archaeological work that sheds new light on County Durham's past including the fantastic discoveries at Binchester Roman Fort.

Issue 12 contains eight articles about recent excavations at Binchester, Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street, Darlington, West Chilton and Wolsingham.


Binchester Roman Fort: Guide Book


Binchester Roman Fort: Guide Book

Author: David Mason, incorporating elements from earlier editions written by Niall Hammond and others
Paperback: 50 pages
Publisher: Durham County Council (2017)
ISBN: 9781907445897
Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 0.4cm
Price: £3.50 (plus postage where applicable)

Binchester Roman Fort in County Durham has a rich and exciting history involving Roman soldiers, pagan Angles, and early Christian faith. Only a small proportion of the site has been excavated, and while much is known there is still a great deal to learn. The comparatively new technology of geophysical survey has shown in recent years just how much has yet to be investigated at this extremely important site.

The story of Binchester fort begins around 75 AD, over 1900 years ago. This booklet provides an introduction to the site and a visitor guide to an amazingly well-preserved site in parts where you can 'walk in the footsteps' of Roman legionary and auxiliary soldiers.


Behind the wall: The life and times of Winterton Hospital


Behind the wall: The life and times of Winterton Hospital

Author: Adam Lamb and Jack Turton
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Durham County Council/County Durham Books (2nd edition, 2009)
ISBN: 1897585985
Dimensions: 20.7 x 14.8 x 1cm
Unfortunately this item is currently not in stock. There is a copy available, for reference only, in the County Record Office.

Winterton Hospital near Sedgefield in County Durham, formerly Durham County Mental Hospital and then Durham County Asylum, played an important role in the delivery of health care in County Durham for almost 140 years.

This book provides a rare insight into the unique community which formed within the hospital walls. Fully illustrated, it provides useful background for anyone researching ancestors who were patients or carers at the hospital.

Durham County Record Office holds the Winterton Hospital archives.


Streatlam and Gibside: The Bowes and Strathmore Families in County Durham


Streatlam and Gibside: The Bowes and Strathmore Families in County Durham

Paperback: 52 pages
Publisher: Durham County Council (1980)
Dimensions: 20.7 x 29.6 x 0.4cm
Price: £0.50 (plus postage where applicable)

Published to accompany an exhibition to commemorate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900-2002), this book describes the background of the Bowes and Strathmore families and their contribution to the life of County Durham in their national and local historical context.

The book is illustrated and includes pedigrees of the Bowes of Streatlam family and the Earls of Strathmore.


The Bowes of Streatlam, County Durham: The Politics and Religion of a Tudor Gentry Family


The Bowes of Streatlam, County Durham: The Politics and Religion of a Tudor Gentry Family

Author: Christine M. Newman
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (1999)
ISBN: 0 902958 18 6
Dimensions: 20.5 x 29.5 x 0.3cm
Price: £4.00 (plus postage where applicable)

This book traces the fortunes of the Bowes of Streatlam across the years of the Tudor regime. It examines a Durham gentry family attracted into the sphere of royal service, particularly in the fields of border administration and defence. The family's remarkable attachment to Protestantism, in an age when much of northern society remained notoriously conservative in religion, meant that its religious idealism came into conflict with its political ambitions on more than one occasion.


Books on aspects of local history

Durham Biographies Volume 1


Durham Biographies Volume 1

Editors: G.R. Batho
Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (2000)
ISBN: 0 902958 20 8
Dimensions: 15 x 21 x 1cm
Price: £4.00 (plus postage where applicable)

Biographies of men and women who have made a significant contribution to the life of the region, as defined by the boundaries of pre-1974 County Durham and industrial Tyneside and Teesside in the 19th and 20th centuries, or who were residents and achieved fame outside the region. Includes a cumulative index to all previous volumes in the series.

Index to this volume
Complete index to the Durham Biographies series


Durham Biographies Volume 3


Durham Biographies Volume 3

Editors: G.R. Batho
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (2003)
ISBN: 0 902958 23 2
Dimensions: 15 x 21 x 1cm
Price: £4.00 (plus postage where applicable)

Biographies of men and women who have made a significant contribution to the life of the region, as defined by the boundaries of pre-1974 County Durham and industrial Tyneside and Teesside in the 19th and 20th centuries, or who were residents and achieved fame outside the region. Includes a cumulative index to all previous volumes in the series.

Index to this volume
Complete index to the Durham Biographies series


Durham Biographies Volume 4


Durham Biographies Volume 4

Editors: G.R. Batho and V. Smithers
Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (2005)
ISBN: 0 902958 25 9
Dimensions: 15 x 21 x 1cm
Price: £4.00 (plus postage where applicable)

Biographies of men and women who have made a significant contribution to the life of the region, as defined by the boundaries of pre-1974 County Durham and industrial Tyneside and Teesside in the 19th and 20th centuries, or who were residents and achieved fame outside the region. Includes a cumulative index to all previous volumes in the series.

Index to this volume
Complete index to the Durham Biographies series


Durham Biographies Volume 6


Durham Biographies Volume 6

Editors: G.R. Batho and A. Roberts
Paperback: 195 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (2009)
ISBN: 9780902958296
Dimensions: 15 x 21 x 1 cm
Price: £4.00 (plus postage where applicable)

Biographies of men and women who have made a significant contribution to the life of the region, as defined by the boundaries of pre-1974 County Durham and industrial Tyneside and Teesside in the 19th and 20th centuries, or who were residents and achieved fame outside the region. Includes a cumulative index to all previous volumes in the series.

Index to this volume
Complete index to the Durham Biographies series


Durham City and its M.P.s


Durham City and its M.P.s

Author: Alan Heesom
Paperback: 76 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (1992)
ISBN: 0 902958 11 9
Dimensions: 21 x 29.5 x 0.4cm
Price: £3.00 (plus postage where applicable)

A summary of the election results from the first election for the borough in 1678 to the general election of 1992, with brief biographical notes of those who represented the constituency in Parliament and those whom they defeated at the elections. There follows an outline sketch of the political history and geography of the Durham City constituency, and a list of all elections is followed by an alphabetical list of parliamentary candidates.


Durham and The Pilgrimage of Grace


Durham and The Pilgrimage of Grace

Author: Michael Bush
Paperback: 68 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (2000)
ISBN: 0 902958 19 4
Dimensions: 14.5 x 21 x 0.5cm
Price: £3.00 (plus postage where applicable)

An assessment of the role played by the men of Durham in the rebellion of 1536 and the subsequent revolts in 1537.


Memories of My Life in Tantobie in the Thirties


Memories of My Life in Tantobie in the Thirties

Author: Joe Lown
Paperback: 94 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (1984)
ISBN: 0 902958 24 0
Dimensions: 14.5 x 20.5 x 0.5cm
Price: £3.00 (plus postage where applicable)

Memoir of the author's time growing up in a small pit village in County Durham.


Radical Politics in the North-East of England in the Later Eighteenth Century


Radical Politics in the North-East of England in the Later Eighteenth Century

Author: H.T. Dickinson
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (1979)
Dimensions: 14.5 x 21 x 0.2cm
Price: £0.50 (plus postage where applicable)

An analysis of the radical challenge to the existing political and social order that emerged in the decades from the 1760s to the 1790s.

By focusing on the North East of England, with its mixture of rural hinterland and urban centres, this pamphlet attempts to give an indication of the strengths and weaknesses of radicalism in the late eighteenth century. The author considers the impact of the Middlesex election case of John Wilkes, the American War of Independence and the French Revolution, and the activities of the supporters of the Reverend James Murray and the members of the Constitution Club of Newcastle.


Seaham Harbour: The First Generation


Seaham Harbour: The First Generation

Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Seaham Census Group (1996)
ISBN: 0 9528329 0 9
Dimensions:
Price: £2.00 (plus postage where applicable)

Transcription of the enumerators' books for Dawdon Township - Easington Registrar's District 16A (HO 107/2392, folios 527-566) - in 1851, with additional details from Hagar and Co., "Directory of the County of Durham" (1851) and Isaac Slater, "Slater's Royal national directory..." (1855).


The Courts of the County Palatine of Durham from earliest times to 1971


The Courts of the County Palatine of Durham from earliest times to 1971

Author: Kenneth Emsley and C.M. Fraser
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (1984)
ISBN: 0 902958 07 0
Dimensions: 14.8 x 21 x 0.7cm
Price: £3.00 (plus postage where applicable)

A study of the temporal law courts of Durham based on surviving rolls, and covering the local courts, courts of common law, justices of the peace and the court of Quarter Sessions, prerogative courts and the Durham Chancery.


The Durham Crown Lordships in the 16th and 17th Centuries and the Aftermath


The Durham Crown Lordships in the 16th and 17th Centuries and the Aftermath

Author: David S. Reid
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Durham County Local History Society (1990)
ISBN: 0 902958 13 5
Dimensions: 14.7 x 20.6 x 1.2 cm
Price: £3.00 (plus postage where applicable)

A study of the three Durham lordships - Barnard Castle, Raby and Brancepeth - their management and the condition of their tenantry, with a more detailed account of the manor of Long Newton and its place in the lordship of Barnard Castle. That lordship had been confiscated from the Earls of Warwick in the late 15th century and the other two from the Earl of Westmorland after the rebellion of 1569. All three came under direct Crown administration until their disposal to the City of London in 1629.

The book examines the Crown's management policies relative to those of private and ecclesiastical landlords in respect of such matters as security of tenure, claims to "tenant right", level of rents and fines, conditions and length of leases and the problem of enclosure.


The Lost Mills: A History of Papermaking in County Durham


The Lost Mills: A History of Papermaking in County Durham

Author: Jean V. Stirk
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: University of Sunderland Press in association with Durham County Local History Society (2006)
ISBN: 1 873757 85 9
Dimensions: 15 x 21 x 1cm
Price: £10.00 (plus postage where applicable)

For at least a century and a half papermaking formed a significant part of the economy of County Durham, yet its existence has been largely ignored by industrial historians. The Lost Mills A History of Papermaking in County Durham is the definitive study of all the known mills in the county from the first recorded example in the 1670s to the closure of the largest mill in the north of England in 1980.

With painstaking research using frequently fragmentary records, Jean Stirk has pieced together the individual histories of 45 paper mills and set them in the context of both the changes in the regional economy and the wider history of the development of the papermaking industry in England. This is a pioneering study destined to put a long neglected industry back on the historical map of the county.


Family and local history indexes

Cemeteries in County Durham


Cemeteries in County Durham

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Durham County Record Office (Revised 2016)
ISBN: 950049247
Dimensions: 21 x 29.6 x 0.1cm
Price: £2.00 (plus postage where applicable)

A list of the local authority cemeteries and crematoria in the area of the historic county of Durham (i.e. the present county, the city of Sunderland, the boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees, and the metropolitan boroughs of Gateshead and South Tyneside).

The cemeteries were opened from the middle of the nineteenth century to cope with the problem of increased population and resulting pressure on the existing parish graveyards, many of which were closed during this period.

This guide gives cemetery names and locations, opening dates and the location of the cemetery records, either in Durham County Record Office or elsewhere.


Durham Family History Gazetteer


Durham Family History Gazetteer

Paperback: 41 pages
Publisher: Durham County Record Office (1996)
ISBN: 950049239
Dimensions: 29.6 x 21 x 0.2cm
Price: £3.00 (plus postage where applicable)

A guide to the civil registration districts in County Durham, 1837-1938, and a list of the townships, villages, hamlets and other settlements in County Durham, indicating the Church of England ecclesiastical parish in which they were previously and are now included.


Durham Places in the Mid-Nineteenth Century


Durham Places in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Paperback: 35 pages
Publisher: Durham County Record Office (1996)
ISBN: 950049220
Dimensions: 29.6 x 21 x 0.8cm
Price: £6.50 (plus postage where applicable)

This index lists place names which appear on the Ordnance Survey, first edition, 6 inches to 1 mile maps of County Durham and part of Yorkshire (North Riding), 1854-1858.

County Durham was surveyed between 1855 and 1858 and is covered by 58 map sheets. That part of Yorkshire which became part of Durham, as a result of local government re-organisation in 1974, was surveyed in 1854 and is covered by 18 map sheets or parts.

Use the index to locate places on the appropriate maps. The information given for each place name includes the map sheet number, map quarter and the township (equating to the later civil parish).


Printed maps

Fact and Folklore in County Durham


Fact and Folklore in County Durham

Publisher: Durham County Council (1993)
Dimensions: 72 x 55.5cm
Price: £1.00 (plus postage where applicable)

A modern map showing historic sites and describing the rich heritage and folklore of County Durham.


Map of Durham parish and chapelry boundaries, circa 1800


Map of Durham parish and chapelry boundaries, circa 1800

Publisher: Durham County Record Office (2001)
Dimensions: 42 x 29.5cm
Price: £2.00 (plus postage where applicable)

A map of ecclesiastical parish boundaries at the beginning of the nineteenth century in the county of Durham and in that part of the North Riding of Yorkshire which was added to Durham in 1974. Inset map of Durham City parishes.


Map of the Bishoprick and Citie of Durham [1611]


Map of the Bishoprick and Citie of Durham [1611]

Author: John Speed
Publisher: Durham County Council (1992)
Dimensions: 74.5 x 59cm
Price: £1.00 (plus postage where applicable)

Reproduction of Speed's map of County Durham, showing towns, villages, castles, parks, roads, rivers and hills. With engravings of the arms of the cathedral and the royal arms. Inset, a plan of the city of Durham, in top right corner, and a vignette of the battle of Neville's Cross, with descriptive text, in bottom right corner.


Map of the Bishoprick of Durham [1646/1652]


Map of the Bishoprick of Durham [1646/1652]

Author: Jan Jansson
Publisher: Durham County Council (no date)
Dimensions: 55.5 x 46cm
Price: £1.00 (plus postage where applicable)

Reproduction of Jansson's map of County Durham, showing the towns, villages, castles, parks, rivers, bridges, and hills. With engravings of the royal arms and the arms of the palatinate of Durham. Title in a cartouche.



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