We are based in the former Derwentside district of County Durham, and have our offices in Leadgate. As you might expect, maps of the local towns and villages are a feature of our series, and our current titles are listed here. Most of the towns had collieries, but these have all long since closed, and the traditional industries really came to an end with the closure of the massive Consett steelworks in 1980. The maps are therefore especially interesting, showing the pits and industrial railways that have vanished from the scene - though some of the latter are now cycleways across what is surprisingly attractive (and little known) countryside.
All is not industry, however. Shotley Bridge was once noted as a spa, while Lanchester had a Roman fort - and the latter map also shows the entirety of The Peth, or Peth Bank, the 460 foot hill that causes cyclists such misery! Each map includes an introduction to the history of the area, and some include extracts from contemporary directories.
The following maps in our Durham series cover the Derwentside & Chester-le-Street area. The index right shows the area covered by these maps.
Also available is a One Inch to the Mile Map, Sheet 20 Tyneside 1878 which covers much of Derwentside at a smaller scale.
Most maps in the Godfrey Edition are taken from the 25 inch to the mile map and reduced to about 15 inches to the mile. They cost just £ 2.50 each. For a full list of North East maps, return to the North East page
You can now order maps direct from our On-line Mapshop. If you are in the Leadgate area you can also call in during office hours to purchase the maps.