WHERE IS HOWDEN - LE - WEAR ?????
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Railway at Howden-le-Wear
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ST MARY'S CHURCH PROJECT ENDS
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Where is Howden-le-Wear ????
Howden-le-Wear is in County Durham, England.It is a developing village in a valley position, sheltered by hills on two sides with the main A689 road, linking Bishop Auckland and Crook, passing through.There is easy access and good public transport to the urban conurbations of Durham City, Tyne and Wear, Darlington and Teesside, while the rural dales ( Weardale & Teesdale ) and open moors are equally available to the West.
In fact, Howden remains a rural place, surrounded by open fields and woodland where one can still enjoy country walks.
Location & General Information
|The outdated image of County Durham as a grim, dirty, industrial region has long since changed and although proud of our heritage, there is now little evidence of the important industries that contributed so much to Britain's wealth. Reclamation schemes have transformed former colliery sites into areas for new enterprises, recreation, wildlife and agriculture.
Old railways have not been forgotten, as many tracks in our region are now official rural footpaths, bridle ways, cycle tracks and in some places utilised for new roads and by-passes. One such innovative scheme, close to Howden, has adapted an impressive railway viaduct over the River Wear at Toronto, near Bishop Auckland.
S.W.Durham has been described as 'The Cradle of The Railways' because of the important links with early rail pioneers and, only a short distance away at Shildon is a new National Rail Museum 'Locomotion',
Much of County Durham's Heritage is preserved at Beamish Open Air Museum to which our village has contributed exhibits.
Here at Howden-le-Wear, we are not living in the past but, before it is lost forever, our History Society aims to preserve and record the heritage of the village for future generations.
Many neighbouring towns and villages have their own History Societies - Escomb, Tow Law, Witton-le-Wear, Witton Park, Crook, Hunwick and Bishop Auckland - so, we restrict our research to the village and immediate environment.