Archive for the ‘Publications’ Category

Stained Glass Windows

October 10, 2020

St Cuthbert’s Church on Church Bank is well known architecturally as a John Dobson masterpiece. But few know about its wonderful stained glass windows, that were a gift of donors to remember those who have worshipped at the church or lived and/or worked in the parish.

Paul Heatherington has recently published an illustrated guide about the windows. The booklet offers helpful explanations of the scriptural background and religious meaning of the various windows. It also provides information about some of the people in whose memory the windows were produced. If you wish to purchase a copy email him at  paul@heatherington.me 

Copies are also on sale for £5 at Cafe Shrub, in the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre at Winlaton Mill.

Shotley Bridge sword makers novel

September 20, 2020

Helen Steadman’s third historical novel “The Running Wolf”, about the Shotley Bridge sword makers, is being  published on 10 November, this year.

Although her book is a work of fiction, it is based on many years of research.

Her research findings, including a review of the existing literature and a comprehensive list of books, articles and archive documents read, are on her website.

 

Thread of Iron book launch

September 11, 2020
Douglas Vernon, who was a founder member of the Village Trust and its first chairman, published ‘Thread of Iron’ in 2003.
For anybody interested in the industrial history of the Derwent Valley this book is a must. Written in two parts; the first focuses on the history of Shotley Bridge where the famous Sword makers were based. The second part details the history of the Consett Iron Company, from formation until closure in 1980.
The book, which has been out of print for many years, has now been reprinted by the Land of Oak & Iron Trust. To mark the occasion a virtual launch event is being held tomorrow afternoon, via YouTube. Log-in now for a seat at the Premiere.
Find out more about the launch event and where to purchase the book at the Land of Oak & Iron Trust.
This event has been arranged in association with the History of Consett Steelworks Project group who are staging a week long series of activities to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the closure of the works.

Shotley Bridge Sword Makers

September 9, 2020

Keith Fisher, a north east historian, has been researching sword making for many years and has now published his research.

He has kindly given the Village Trust a compressed .pdf version of his book to post as a free download.

If you prefer a hard copy it can also be acquired as a fine book, purely for the printing cost of £15.00, and will be available from Newcastle Cloth Market print-shop Photoline: call 0191 232 5454 to order; the book can be collected, or posted to you [in a stiff cardboard package] for an additional £5. [NB: The resolution of the images has been reduced to allow it to be downloaded, while images in the hard copy book are much more detailed.]

Keith explains:

“A request from my friend Yvonne Young (who is a local historian, lecturer and publisher of books on North Eastern heritage) to suggest a topic she could use at men’s clubs and associations, prompted me to give her David Richardson’s famous book on the German swordmakers of Shotley Bridge.

As I attempted to precis the book for her, and studied others like it, I realised this was a huge story that could finally be fully researched given modern information access.

As the story grew it became obvious there were all the ingredients for a TV documentary and I pursued my research with this end in view.  None-the-less, the story makes a splendid local history book; so while we wait for TV production to resume, I have converted my research into just such a narrative.

Ultimately, it will end up as a national companion publication to the TV documentary, but until then I am making it freely available to all interested parties, in particular the residents of the Derwent Valley.”

Download here: The SWORD in the HAT [edited for web]

History Walks

September 10, 2017

Despite the weather, two dozen people enjoyed the HOD walks in Shotley Bridge this weekend.

Thank you to the members of the Village Trust Heritage Group who led the guided walks.

Copies of the Trust’s History booklet can be purchased from Harrington Brown Estate Agents, in Shotley Bridge, or on-line from eBay.

HOD History Walks

August 26, 2017

For the third year the Trust is giving guided walks during the “Heritage Open Days” festival, on 9th & 10th September.

The walks are based on the Trust’s Shotley Bridge History booklet that was published last year.

There will be a choice of 4 walks, guided by the Trust members who researched and wrote the publication.

The 32 page booklet will be on sale for £3 at the end of each tour. Shotley Bridge pin badges will also be available for £2.


Self guided walks will also be available, based on the Trust’s publication ‘Shotley Bridge Heritage Trail’.

Have a look at the other places to visit during the 4 day Heritage Open Days festival

Shotley Bridge Directory

August 24, 2017

The Trust has published an update to the directory of  community facilities, clubs and groups. It has now been delivered to most residents in Shotley Bridge. The original directory, published in 2010 was well out of date and few copies were still available. It is hoped that the new directory can be kept up to date annually with revisions posted on-line.

Thank you to our local Durham County Councillors who provided a grant to help fund the publication.

If you do not have a printed copy it is available from most of the local businesses that have advertised in the brochure or alternatively download the on-line version. [1.6MB]

Shotley Bridge History booklet

February 5, 2017

The Trust’s latest publication on the history of Shotley Bridge is still on sale at Harrington Brown Estate Agents, in the village centre.

There are 10 chapters in the 36 page booklet with a map and photographs of sites and buildings referred to.

It is also possible to buy the booklet on-line from eBay with PayPal …

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291978953083

History Book front page

Shotley Bridge History Walks

September 5, 2016

For the second year the Trust is giving guided walks during the “Heritage Open Days” festival, in September.

This time the walks are based on the Trust’s Shotley Bridge History booklet that was published in June.

There will be a choice of 4 walks, guided by the Trust members who researched and wrote the publication.

The 32 page booklet will be on sale for £3 at the end of each tour. Shotley Bridge pin badges will also be available for £2.

Let’s hope the weather conditions are more favourable than last year!

HOD poster for SB

Follow this link for information about other places to visit during the Heritage Open Days festival

Shotley Bridge History on sale

August 20, 2016

The Trust’s latest publication on the history of Shotley Bridge is now on sale at Harrington Brown Estate Agents, in the village centre.

They are normally open 9-5 every day except Friday [9-4.30], Saturday [9.30-1.30] and closed Sunday.

There are 10 chapters in the 32 page booklet with a map and photographs of sites and buildings referred to.

Later this year we hope to be able to sell the booklet on-line.

History Book front page

 

AGM & Shotley Bridge History

June 30, 2016

Thirty two members and local residents attended the AGM & Open Meeting held on 21 June. As the Trust’s Chairman was away on holiday a summary of his report was given by Garth Johnson, acting Chairman. Have a read of the Chairman’s Annual Report to find to what the Trust was involved in during the last year.

As Garth had decided not to stand for re-election as Treasurer, but remain on the Executive Committee, Andrew Thompson was elected to fill the post. The other committee members were also re-elected.

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Unfortunately, the guest speaker Grace McCombie was unable to attend. Instead, Jeff Singleton [Secretary] gave an illustrated talk based on “The History of Shotley Bridge”, a 32 page booklet that had been researched and recently published by the Trust’s Heritage Working Group. Copies were available for Trust members to purchase.

Agenda for SBVT Meeting

June 7, 2016

The next meeting of the Shotley Bridge Village Trust is on 21 June. All welcome.

Agenda - 21 June 2016

Swordmakers talk

March 17, 2016

There was a good turnout at the open meeting on Tuesday evening. Although there were technical issues with the projector communicating with the laptop, Andrew Thompson’s talk about the Shotley Bridge Swordmakers was very interesting and informative.

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He is one of the five Trust members on the Heritage Group who are writing about the History of Shotley Bridge. His chapter on the Swordmakers is one of ten in the 36 page booklet which is to be published in time for the Trust’s AGM on 21 June.

After the AGM, Grace McCombie, buildings historian will be giving an illustrated talk about the historic buildings of Shotley Bridge.

Shotley Bridge Heritage Trail

April 20, 2014

The Trust has published a booklet of 3 heritage walks, starting from the village centre.

SB Heritage Trail

They are available at:

Mrs B’s Bakery

Moon Jewellery

Vintage Rose Florist

Imago Beauty & Holistics

Sale Pepe

Kings Social Club

Rumi’s

The booklets are free but a donation to the Shotley Bridge Village Trust would be appreciated. 

Alternatively download a .pdf version of the SB Heritage Trail.