Images of a rich heritage

11:38am Wednesday 19th May 2010

By Will Roberts

RARE pictures of the region in years gone by are now available on an online archive of more than one million prints.

For the first time, the public will be able to search an internet database of English Heritage’s National Monuments Record (NMR).

The photos, plans and drawings were previously only available for viewing by travelling to Swindon, Wiltshire, where NMR is based.

Included in the archive is a picture of Priestgate in Darlington, with The Northern Echo building in the shadow of the now demolished chimney of Pease’s Mill. The octagonal chimney was built for Pease’s Mill in 1872, and is dated by a panel about nine metres above the ground – just visible above the scaffolding in the picture.

There is also a picture of one of the oldest buildings in Barnard Castle, County Durham – Blagraves House.

The building, which is still standing and now a restaurant, is pictured in its previous incarnation as a cafe.

Carol Pyrah, regional director for English Heritage, said: “The North-East and North Yorkshire have many fascinating places that are steeped in history and contain beautiful architecture which inspire pride in those who live, work and visit there.

“At English Heritage, we are increasingly aware of how much people want to have information about specific buildings and landmarks in their local towns and villages.

“We have therefore made it easier for the public to search the contents of our archive so that valuable information can be accessed and shared by more people.”

To search the archive, visit


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