County Durham Flag

County Durham Flag

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It is not often you get to witness an event like the launch of a new flag, but on 21 November 2013 just that happened. The flag shown opposite is the flag for County Durham in the Northeast of England. It was unveiled at a ceremony held at Durham Cathedral in the presence of the [...]

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Compton Mackenzie – A County Durham Lad

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Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie was born on 17th January 1883 in West Hartlepool, County Durham, England. Often described as a prolific writer of fiction, Mackenzie was probably best known for two of his works; Whisky Galore & one of his highland novels, The Monarch of the Glen. Whisky Galore, written in 1947, was set amongst [...]

Regulations and Instructions Durham County Constabulary

Regulations, Orders and Instructions, framed for the Governance and Guidance of the Durham County Constabulary

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“Regulations, Orders and Instructions, framed for the Governance and Guidance of the Durham County Constabulary” was written by Lieutenant Colonel George F White and published in 1892. It was a truly local product having been printed & bound by George H Procter, Stationer, Market Place, Durham. The book itself is divided into 9 parts: Part [...]

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Blue Plaques of Barnard Castle

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Barnard Castle, in southwest County Durham, appears to the casual observer like many other market towns of its size. However, hidden in plain sight is a real treasure trail for both amateur and professional historian alike. Barnard Castle Urban District Council started erecting Blue Plaques throughout the town to celebrate its famous connections, a tradition [...]

Jeremiah Dixon – From County Durham to Philadelphia

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Jeremiah Dixon. It’s a name you may be familiar with, but not 100% sure why. Personally, I first came across the name in the lyrics of a song by Mark Knopfler, featuring vocals by him and James Taylor, Sailing To Philadelphia. I’m Jeremiah Dixon, I am a Geordie boy. A glass of wine with you [...]

Joseph Pease Feature

Joseph Pease – A Darlington Man

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Joseph Pease was a leading 18th century industrialist who lived in Darlington, in the county of Durham. Born on 22nd June 1799, he was the second son to parents Edward and Rachel Pease. Joseph was educated at Tatham Academy in Leeds and on completing his education went to work for his father, as a manufacturer of worsted [...]