The Weardale Museum


Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD

01388 517433

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War Records and Memorials.

Information about the resources for which we hold data

A unique and powerful family history resource  


containing over 60,000 individuals, from some 300 Weardale families,


whose relationships can be displayed as ancestor charts or descendant trees.

Genealogy Database Census Records Memorial Inscriptions Parish Registers Stanhope Burials Tithe Records Old Maps School Admissions War Records & Memorials Wills and Deeds Letters from Emigrants Photographs & Postcards Genealogies Newspaper Cuttings Research from a Distance Back to Family History

Contacts for our genealogy support:

Ken Heatherington



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Ken takes the lead on developing the Weardale Museum resources.



Eric Draper



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Eric provides research for the Weardale resources and additionally will help people with family history enquiries not related to Weardale.



David Heatherington (01388)517433)



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David curates the Museum but is available to support family history enquiries.

Donate with a Gift Aid Form St John's Chapel War memorial

The ten village war-memorials in Weardale – Cowshill, Wearhead, Ireshopeburn, St John’s Chapel (above), Westgate, Eastgate, Rookhope, Stanhope, Frosterley and Wolsingham – record the names of those dalesmen who made the supreme sacrifice in the two world wars.


We have compiled brief biographical files of these war heroes which incorporate information (rank, regiment, next-of-kin, place of burial) from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


We also have photographs of many servicemen in uniform, both casualties and survivors; and also images of a number of  service records, though most such records were lost in WW2.


Our family history database can provide ancestry and family relationships for all (almost all) of our "fallen heroes".


A good source for war memorials information in the North East is the North East War Memorials Project.  website


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