About Us

Chester-le-Street Ramblers 

We are one of fourteen groups within the Northumbria Ramblers Area.

Our Chester-le-street group was formed in December 1979 with a Mr A Steward being the earliest recorded member. Unless you know differently? 

                  Chair - Mike Webber.                             Footpaths Officer - Brian Scott.

Sunday Walks Co-Ordinator - Ken Thompson. Thursday Walks Co-Ordinator - Dave Marshal

   Treasurer - Maggie Brown.                                   Secretary  - Bernard Pereira

Membership Secretary - Jessica Beard               Publicity Officer  - Kathleen Foster 

Web Editor  - Stanley Haworth                               Social Secretary  - Mu Goode 

Chester-le-Street

Chester-le-Street is a town in County Durham, England. Its history goes back to the building of a Roman fort. This Roman fort is the "Chester" of the town's name; the "Street" refers to the paved Roman road that ran North-South through the town, and which is now called Front Street, formally a Roman settlement "CONCANGIUM" with some Roman fort remains still visible behind the Parish Centre. Chester-le-Street is located, 8 miles North of Durham City, 7 miles South of Newcastle upon Tyne and 8 miles West of Sunderland on the River Wear. 

Lindisfarne Gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels are a manuscript produced in the Northumbrian island monastery of Lindisfarne at the end of the seventh century, in honour of Saint Cuthbert, is one of the world's masterpieces of book painting.  It is a precious relic of early Christianity in England, and one of the nation's greatest treasures. The original came to Chester le Street along with the monks when they fled Holy Island (Lindisfarne)  While at Chester-le -Street in about 950 the priest Aldred added his Anglo-Saxon translation (gloss) to the Book.  One of the stained glass windows in the Church commemorates this and other aspects of the Gospels' travels.  This original copy is to be found in the British Library in London. A copy is available to view within a glass case within the Church. 

St Mary's & St Cuthberts Church

The church was established to house the body of Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, from 684 to 687. After his death, he became one of the most venerated saints of the time with a significant cult following. The Venerable Bede wrote both verse and prose biography of him. When driven out of Lindisfarne by Viking raids in 875 the monks took St Cuthbert's coffin along with other valuable items. They wandered for seven years before eventually settling at Chester-le-Street (then called Cunecaster or Conceastre), at the site of the old Roman fort of Concangium in 883, on land granted to them by Guthred. 

They built a wooden church and shrine for St Cuthbert's relics, dedicating it to St Mary and St Cuthbert. Though there was no shortage of stone in the ruins of Concangis they did not build a stone church; it has been suggested they did not intend to stay for as long as they eventually did. It was built within the Roman fort, which although abandoned over five hundred years before may have still offered some protection, as well as access north and south along Cade's Road and to the sea by the River Wear.