Also known as Staindrop Historical Society

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The following booklets are available at the Wheatsheaf Inn, Staindrop

The Lost Inns of Staindrop
The Blacksmiths & Millers of Staindrop
The Surgeons & Saddlers of Staindrop
The Teachers & Preachers of Staindrop
The Georgian & Victorian Soldiers of Staindrop
The Quarry men & Masons of Staindrop
The Gentlemen Volunteers & Staindrop Cavalry
The Rebels of Staindrop


Staindrop is a largish village situated in County Durham.  It is (at the risk of sounding biased) a very pretty village with a long village green, a church dating back to Saxon times and the magnificent Raby Castle just a stones throw north of the village.  Staindrop has a population in the region of 1300, although the size of the population appears to have changed very little throughout the centuries.  Staindrop has both primary and secondary schools.  There are a small number of local businesses and shops including a post office as well as a public house. 


At STAINDROP HISTORY we enjoy researching and discussing our findings or any difficulties encountered.
We are willing to assist anyone wanting to do their own genealogical research or any other aspects of history that people want to study.
Present areas of members’ research include: the social history of Staindrop – people, places and trades – etymology of street names – military activity in the village – WW1 project – Thomas Scarth and Scarth Hall – Architecture and ageing of the village – The impact of the Industrial Revolution and Railway on Staindrop – Raby Castle and the Nevilles.
Just starting your search into the past?…………we’re at hand and willing to help!

Next meeting the second Wednesday of the month in the Scarth Hall



7:30pm – Friday 17th November 2017

CHRIS LLOYD, Chief Features Writer with The Northern Echo will give a talk: Pits, Pockmarks and Haggerleases: the Story of Cockfield Fell

The fell is England’s largest ancient monument and just about the whole history of our region can be found on its pockmarked surface, particularly early mining and railway history. Includes an evocative journey to the centre of the fell with a Victorian journalist known only as B


Who do YOU think they were?

Let’s get our heads together – bring all your old photos or simply come along and look at the ones we have on the big screen – see who you recognise and what memories they stir.

Doors open 7:00pm – Bar & refreshments available


STAINDROP HISTORY meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm in Scarth Hall, Staindrop.