The Darlington Heritage Trail
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Don't forget to come in to the Centre for Local Studies in Darlington Library to see our displays, database of photographs of the town and much more!
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Local Studies books and pamphlets have now been added to the online library catalogue, click onto the Catalogue link above.
Following 3 years of hard work by staff and volunteers the main card catalogue for Local Studies is available online.However if you are looking for photographs, maps, newspaper indexing or family history resources please ask staff to help you use the card catalogues when you visit.
If you would like to request Local Studies items either in advance of your visit or when you come in, please use this form for guidance. The information staff require to locate the item you are interested in is marked with an asterix symbol *
Please click here for our form.
The Centre for Local Studies welcomes group visits during opening hours. Special interest groups or school and college visits are always welcome. Group visits can be tailored to suit the requirements of the group whether you wish to do some research into a particular topic or have a general look at the resources we hold in the department, we have something to suit everyone.
Teachers and pupils can be shown around all departments of the Library and can do research using old newspapers, maps, photographs, census returns and other resources.
Please contact us at email@example.com or telephone 01325-349630
The Centre for Local Studies has a large and wide ranging collection of material relating to the Borough of Darlington and surrounding areas.
The department aims to collect and preserve historical and contemporary material and make it available to anyone with an interest in local or family history. The resources (click the link on the left) include books, photographs, maps, posters and ephemera, which tell the story of the Borough of Darlington.
To celebrate Local History month this May we are displaying photographs and ephemera relating to some of the most elegant residences in Darlington’s history. Some of the buildings featured are long gone, others remain, but not necessarily as family homes.
Around the walls are framed portraits of some of the people who resided in our mansions and villas and on one of the tables you’ll find a file containing census returns. These provide fascinating insights into the families that lived in such splendour and the staff they employed to look after them and their property.
This is just a snapshot of Darlington’s mansions and villas; there is much more to explore, so if you would like to delve deeper into the history of any of the buildings featured, or the ones we didn’t have space for this time, do ask a member of staff. Good places to start include the Memories books by Chris Lloyd and Rural Darlington by Vera Chapman.
Alternatively, why not ask staff for tips on how to research your own home? It may not be on the same scale as Southend or Pierremont but every Darlington building has a history and who knows what you’ll discover!
Call in to find out more about the town’s mansions and villas, the architects who designed them and the people who lived in them. Find out who had an ice house in his garden, who changed the name of his house after teasing from his friends and whose father disapproved of his ‘showy mansion’.
Like many towns Darlington suffered a devastating loss during the First World War. Of the many Darlington men who enlisted more than 1,100 did not return. A project to commemorate the Darlington men who died in the war has taken place at Darlington Library’s Centre for Local Studies. Following an appeal, local crafters donated hundreds of knitted and crocheted poppies, and staff invited local people to visit the Centre to find out more about an individual soldier and label a poppy in his memory. These poppies were on display in 2015, 2016 and 2018 for the final time.
For the last twelve years historian Stephen Nicholson has been compiling a database of information about the Darlington men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. Using resources in Darlington Library’s Local Studies Centre and the National Archives, Stephen has recorded the names, addresses and occupations of the men who died. Wherever possible Stephen has included a photograph of the man and an extract from the relevant battalion’s war diary written on the day of his death. Stephen’s research has been published by the Northern Echo and is available to search for free at www.thenortheastatwar.co.uk .