Keys to the Past

Waldridge Fell (Waldridge)

Waldridge: Back of Lime St. 2011
Waldridge: Back of Lime St. 2011

Waldridge Colliery Village June 1974 6/1974
Waldridge Colliery Village June 1974 6/1974

Back Lime St, Waldridge Colliery, June 1974 6/1974
Back Lime St, Waldridge Colliery, June 1974 6/1974

Waldridge Colliery Village, June 1974 6/1974
Waldridge Colliery Village, June 1974 6/1974

Waldridge Colliery Village, June 1974 6/1974
Waldridge Colliery Village, June 1974 6/1974

Waldridge Colliery Village, November 1971 11/1971
Waldridge Colliery Village, November 1971 11/1971

The Square, Waldridge Colliery, November 1971 11/1971
The Square, Waldridge Colliery, November 1971 11/1971

The Square, Waldridge Colliery, June 1974 6/1974
The Square, Waldridge Colliery, June 1974 6/1974

Waldridge Colliery Village June 1974 6/1974
Waldridge Colliery Village June 1974 6/1974

The name of the village of Wladridge comes from the Old English for 'ridge with or near a wall'. It is first reorded in 1297. The wall was probably the wall surrounding the Bishop of Durham's deerpark. The Bishop's stables were built in the village and he used the now fell land as a race course. The early cottages were built in the 1830's and followed the course of the Cong Burn, giving the impression that it was probably used as the water supply. Most of these cottages have been demolished and replaced by terraced housing built in the late 19th century. The Workmen's Club, which every village had, was built against the wishes of the Colliery Manager, so was sited down in the valley. The fell land surrounding the village on three sides now covers an area of 300 acres and is the last surviving lowland heath in County Durham.

Reference number:D1813
Historical period: Victorian (1837 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Waldridge


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