Bowburn Local History Society (LHS) aims to produce a comprehensive guide to the history of Bowburn on this website.
Originally called Cassop-cum-Quarrington Local History Society, it was founded on 15th June 2000 but later changed its name and area of interest, after other excellent local history groups were formed in nearby villages.
We are based in Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5AT, where we have a dedicated History & Heritage Room. This was formally opened by our Honorary President, Jim Milburn, on 11th January 2016.
The room can be used by members at any time but is now open to the public on Wednesdays, from 1pm till 3pm, or at other times by appointment. Visitors can browse through books, maps, photographs and other records. Space is limited, however, and many of the records are held digitally.
A member is available on Wednesday afternoons for guidance.
Visitors are also invited to lend old photographs, or documents of historical interest, which can be scanned for our archives and returned immediately. Strict guarantees are given about how these can be used – for instance that they can never be published, or never for profit, or only with the permission of their original owner.
Guest speakers are sometimes invited to our meetings. Non-members are always welcome, for a small charge. (Free to members.)
Occasional outings are organized, to museums, events and places of interest.
Members also share information and resources, and discuss their own research projects.
Guided walks are also organised, with the help of Durham County Council’s Countryside Service.
For latest news, see the “Forthcoming events” page.
Publications to date have included annual calendars, with photographs of local historical interest; “A Bunch of Bowburn Dates: A Cassop-cum-Quarrington Chronology” (in 2001); an updated version of this, called “Past Times in Bowburn, Cassop, Quarrington Hill and Tursdale: A Book of Dates of Local Interest and Importance” (2003), and an annotated book of photographs, “Memories of Bowburn” (2007). These can be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowburn LHS is grateful for help from the Big Lottery, local sponsors (including PSI Global) and, especially, Bowburn Community Association, for making it possible to establish and equip our Heritage Room.
We began to construct this website in 2012. Pages are added from time to time and we hope to include all aspects of Bowburn’s history and heritage in due course. We hope you find it interesting, informative and enjoyable.