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Village Atlas

The Limestone Landscapes Team is working with six communities to help them understand how their place developed and what is important within it. We use oral history, maps, archaeology, historic buildings and landscapes and link these with the geology, streams and wildlife to provide a fuller understanding of how each settlement came to be like it is.

The Village Atlas Project has completed work at Wheatley Hill & Thornley, and an extensive Historic Environment report plus chapters on Geology, Hydrology and Wildlife were created. This is now available from the Wheatley Hill History Club website, along with a Geological audio trail and interactive map of points of interest around the two villages.

During the project a series of guided walks, oral histories, talks and school activities were organised. We also dug test pits in two gardens and at Thornley Hall, site of a deserted medieval village, where the Wheatley Hill RC Primary School found pottery shards, glass bottle stoppers and clay pipes.  A Historic Building event looked at some of the older buildings including the discovery of 3 medieval buildings that were previously unrecorded.

We have started work with local communities on five other Atlases in and around the settlements of Cleadon, Easington, Elwick, Ferryhilll and Hetton-le-Hole.

Whitburn Village

Still to come

The Village Atlas Project is now working on the remaining five Village Atlases. Each has a range of activities involving local adults and children, helping them to discover more about the heritage of where they live, its rocks, watercourses and wildlife.

Limestone Landscapes WildWatch

If you are taking part in this project as one of the settelements we'd really appreciate your help. We want to work with you to build a picture of the wildlife in your area. Please see our WildWatch pages for more information.

Contact Information

For more information contact Ken Bradshaw, Limestone Landscapes on:

Tel: 03000 267 152

Email: limestonelandscapes@durham.gov.uk.