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NB: The Washington History Society has no responsibility for the content on other websites  Excellent and growing collection of photographs and stories A project to scan and upload 120,000 historic photographs of the North East from the Ward Philipson collection!  The most comprehensive recording of names listed on North East World War One memorial sites.  This site covers mining in the Northern part of England i.e. County Durham (DUR), Northumberland (NBL), Cumberland (CUL), Westmorland (WES) and the Ironstone mines of North Yorkshire (NRY).  The recording of World War 1 casualties from Washington by the Wessington U3A War Memorials Group  A First World War centenary project slinking archives, objects and sites that survive today and uncover new stories about local communities 100 years ago.

 Our Village | WVIB ( Washington In Bloom- a voluntary group who maintain the flower beds and scrubs in Washington Village The North East Labour History Society is Britain’s oldest regional labour history society. It is dedicated to the study of working people’s history in the region, particularly during the modern period.

It includes some fascinating oral histories including those of Usworth miner Jim Tatters (1921 to 2013) http:// Jim is extensively quote in  Don Watson: Squatting in Britain, 1945-1955. Housing, Politics and Direct Action  2016, a paperback available from the North East Labour History Society   A comprehensive history of the Fatfield and Riverside areas of Washington  A content rich site for the North East from Northumberland to Yorkshire, covering Arts and Culture, Heritage and History, places to visit and stay, and the people of the region

Collections | Wellcome Collection Search with 'Chester le Street Rural District Council' for Medical Officer reports from 1987 to 1971 (including the Washington area up to 1922), and 'Washington Urban District Council for reports from 1925 to 1972

Waggonways (  A superb history of wagonways in the North East of England, from the days of wooden rails to height of of network connecting the region's cities, towns and villages

HISTORY (  The parish website of Holy Trinity Washington that includes details of services and a history of the church

St Georges Church Washington parish of Fatfield Home Page (  The parish website of St Georges Fatfield, showing their services and  activities the community. It includes links to an excellent database of burials in the graveyard of the church Interactive Churchyard Map - ST GEORGE'S CHURCH (

northeastlore – Celebrating the Rich Heritage of North East England A series of articles and blogs about North East history

LOOK-BACK-IN-WONDER-by-William-Cowan.pdf  A fascinating history of 'disaster' glassware of the North East, including those marking the Washington pit disaster of 1851, the Usworth disaster of 1885 and the Glebe disaster of 1908


Many of the above have Facebook pages but there are stand alone pages that have great heritage content

History Of Washington, Tyne And Wear

Original Washington Folk.

Memories of Brady Square

Washington tyne & wear

Hetton Colliery Railway 200