County Durham – A Rare Insight


by Araf Chohan

The rich history of County Durham and Durham City through the rare images and postcards of this North East author.

Discover the towns and villages made famous by the mining industry, the seaside towns, and the agricultural landscapes of the Durham Dales.

See long-lost streets, businesses and the people who inhabited this region a century ago.


County Durham has a rich history and much has changed over the past 150 years. This new book from North East author Araf Chohan brings to light some of the memories of region through unique and rare photographs.

The images come from the impressive collection of images and postcards held by the author and includes many of County Durham’s towns and villages.

They show scenes of life, streets, houses, people and businesses.

In one rare image, the interior of a pub in Howden Colliery is shown in the late 1800s with staff and punters posing.

Another shows an early motor car with its driver paying the toll to cross Abbey Bridge in Barnard Castle.

The book also covers the magnificent city of Durham, too. Long a centre of religion, learning and commerce, this wonderful place retains a lot of its historic core. Yet, as these images prove, has also changed so much.

With around 200 pictures, this quality book is sure to delight fans of County Durham.

Also an ideal souvenir for the thousands of tourists who visit Durham city each year.

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