Tudhoe Village

Tudhoe & Spennymoor Local History Society

Spennymoor High Street


27th Feb 2017 at 7.30pm - Mike Thornton - People & Places, The Norman Cornish sketch books. Mike is Norman Cornish's son-in-law and has recently been involved in creating the Cornish exhibition at the Bob Abley Gallery at Spennymoor Town Hall.

27th Mar 2017 at 7.30pm - Arthur Dodds - A History of Espionage.

Talks are normally held at 7:30pm on the fourth Monday of each month at St. David's Church Hall, Tudhoe, DL16 6LL. Meetings are open to non-members at a charge of £2.00. See our Full Programme for 2017.

Other Events

Five Mondays 27th Feb - 27th Mar 1.30pm-3.30pm
Spennymoor: a New Town in the 19th and 20th Centuries?

This is a local history course with Dr. Dorothy Hamilton, four sessions at Newton Hall Community Centre, and one session in Spennymoor, including a visit to the Town Hall.
Spennymoor was a new town of the 19th century which was transformed in the 20th century. What was the area like before the 19th century? Why was Spennymoor built, what was the early settlement like, and how was it redeveloped in the 20th century? What is distinctive about the County Durham town, and where can you find evidence of its past?
Course fee £54, concession fee for people receiving a means-tested benefit £27 (limited places). To book a place contact Dr. Dorothy Hamilton at drdorothyhamilton@btinternet.com or phone 0191 373 9252 to leave a message on her answer phone.

Events at Durham Cathedral.

15th July 2017 - Yesterday Belongs to You at Beamish Museum - A return of this popular event organised by County Durham Forum for History and Heritage.


Full Members - £12.00

Concessions - £10.00
(retired, students and unwaged)

See our Membership page for details of how to join or contact the Society.

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HELP We have recently received a request for information about Herbert Parr, born 1885, died 1958. He lived in Duke Street Low Spennymoor in 1911 with his wife Lillie, and in 1939 ran a fish and chip shop in Coulson Street. Pat would like to know about any band or theatre orchestra in which he played or conducted. If you can help with our requests for information please email us at TSLHS.

Photograph of the month

Norman Cornish

This month we have a picture of Norman Cornish, the subject of February's talk. The Cornish exhibition has recently opened at the Bob Abley Gallery at Spennymoor Town Hall. Beamish Museum are currently building a copy of his house and studio in the new 1950s section of the museum.

To see more details of his exhibitions and examples of his work go to the Official Norman Cornish website.

Click to see a larger image. This image is protected by copyright licensing regulations and is for personal use only, it cannot be copied, published or distributed.

The Society

The Society was formed in 1988 and its aims are to organise an annual programme of talks and outings and attend events promoting local history.

Situated on the south side of the Wear Valley, midway between the ancient settlements of Bishop Auckland and Durham, Spennymoor only came into existence during the mid 19C. Previously, eight villages, all now satellites of this small market town, surrounded the open common known as the Spenny Moor. Most of these, including Tudhoe, already existed when the Boldon Book, the North East’s equivalent to the earlier Domesday Book, was compiled in 1183.

650 years later, exploitation of County Durham's mineral wealth, principally its huge reserves of coal, began to help satisfy the needs of Britain's industrial revolution. This resulted in the creation or expansion of many towns and villages in the eastern half of the County. Spennymoor is one such example of this change.

By 1840, coal pits were being sunk around the Moor, soon accompanied by houses to accommodate the ever growing number of miners. An iron and steel works quickly followed, established here to exploit the large quantities of coal now being produced around the expanding settlement. While never completely absorbing any of the villages, it is now physically linked to Tudhoe.

By the turn of the 20th Century coal and steel had long given way to service and manufacturing industries while the expanded town now also functioned more widely as a dormitory to the large coastal conurbations set around the mouths of the Tyne, Wear and Tees.


Research into the history and people of Tudhoe and Spennymoor.

Photographic Archive

Photo Archive - over 1,000 photographs of Tudhoe, Spennymoor and surrounding areas.

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