Durham City, In County Durham

Durham City England UK
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The term Durham can refer to both the city and the county. But this small University city dominated by a Norman Cathedral and castle has its own distinct history and character from the wider county.

Durham In The Past

Old Durham Town

Montage of black and white photos set to music.

Published on 18 Jul 2015 by YouTube channel Steve Toon.

Days of Steam in County Durham Stations & Railways United Kingdom

Uploaded to YouTube on 24 Feb 2013 by Durham Telly.

A journey back through time, to revisit the glory days of steam in County Durham. Stations and locations featured : 

1. Consett 2. Darlington 3. Chester le Street 4. Evenwood 5. LNER Poster 6. Stanhope 7. Durham 8. Stainemore 9. Hartlepool 10. Hartley Main Colliery 11. Durham 12. Durham 13. Wolsingham 14. Darlington 15. St. John’s Chapel 16. Sunderland 17. Bowes 18. Bishop Auckland 19. Sunderland 20. LNER Poster 21. Gainford 22. Durham Elvet 23. Darlington 24. Durham Elvet 25. Durham Elvet 26. Durham 27. West Hartlepool 28. West Hartlepool 29. Gateshead 30. South Shields 31. Darlington 32. Darlington 33. North Road 34. Gateshead West 35. Ebchester 36. Pontop 37. Wearhead 38. Croft Spa 39. Low Fell 40. Durham 41. Durham 42. Durham 43. Hartlepool 44. Barnard Castle 45. Aycliffe 46. LNER Poster 47. Etherley 48. Darlington 49. South Durham 50. Waterhouse’s 51.Darlington 52. Cockfield 53. Darlington 54. Darlington 55. Wingate 56. Evenwood. 57. Spennymoor 58. Elvet 59. Eastgate 60. Gainford 61. Hunwick 62. Hunwick 63. Hylton.64. Lamesley 65. Lintz Green.


Durham In The 1930s

300 East Main, Durham, 1930s

Pan from St. Philip’s to Main Library.

YouTube channel Svenryelsdorn: Published on 9 Sep 2007.

The Palms, Durham, 1930s

Amusing footage of people looking uncomfortable as they are closely filmed whilst eating.

YouTube channel Svenryelsdorn: Published on 10 Sep 2007.

Durham In The 1940s

1940s Train Ride Through Durham, UK, Flying Scotsman

1940s Train Ride Through Durham, UK, Flying Scotsman.

YouTue channel Thekinolibrary: Published on 13 Jul 2016.

Durham In The 1960s

Tv Traffic Control Aka Durham (1960)

An upbeat man with a posh accent describes traffic problems with great condescension. All accompanied by a jolly musical background.

British Pathé YouTube channel; Uploaded on 13 Apr 2014.

Early 1960s Durham UK, Driving, Road Trip, Colour Home Movie Archive Footage

From the Kinolibrary archive film collections. Late 1950s/ early 1960s home movies, the couple set off in a car, drive through Durham streets, picnic by roadside.

Thekinolibrary: Published to YouTube on 31 Mar 2014.

Durham 1960 – With Byrdsongs

Colour footage of Durham in 1960. This was shot by Pathe and bits were included in a short report they did about the video traffic conducting system they had in the marketplace back then. Included are outtakes from the shoot.

Uploaded to YouTube by Paul Lewis on 18 Jun 2013.

Drive Through 1963 Durham Streets, North of England 16mm Home Movies

From the Kinolibrary archive film collections. UK street scene, Point of view from a car driving along the streets of Durham. Great quick shot 1960s street.

YouTube channel Thekinolibrary; Published on 3 Dec 2013.

Durham Shopping street, 1960’s.”

Shopping street filmed from a car in the 1960s.

Archive film HuntleyFilmArchives: Published to YouTube on 10 Jun 2015.

Durham In The 1970s

Durham, 1970’s – Film 16549

County Durham. Dealing with environmental and pollution problems. Illustrates problems of slag heaps from coal pits and method of disposal.


Opening shot of the train passing through City of Durham –  Durham Cathedral. Map of North England, showing sites of collieries and coal mines. Coastal mines have tipped spoil on to beaches below.

Men from the Coal Board and Department of the Environment are seen at the site of an experiment – waste is to be piped to the edge of the beach and washed out to sea. Shots of boys as they glissade down steep banks of waste to the beach. Children swim not far from where the waste is being dumped in or near the sea.

HuntleyFilmArchives: Uploaded to YouTube 28 Jan 2015.

A scene of pitmen leaving work. Shot of beaches blighted by the dumping of waste. “Gleaner” is seen picking pieces of coal from waste. We see an unspoiled beach further along the coast – small caravan site next 1975: trucks, traders removing waste. “Spoil” or waste is used to reclaim land. Some old buildings embedded in waste have to be exploded.

Durham County Hall. Officials discuss what to do with waste. Alternatives are considered – dumping in the sea or on land. Local feelings are voiced. Shots of travellers off the coast – waste may adversely affect fish.

Next, Haswell Colliery. Derelict pit – dismal landscape – contrast with nature reserves in County Durham. View of the pastoral landscape – field of battle. These are spoil-heaps which have been “reclaimed” – grassed over. Close-up of land-drains. Bulldozer working. Important to provide drainage for these “hills”.

Next. Imperial College London, experiments on spoil. Some spoil is taken to Cornwall (English China Clay) where experiments are made the determine optimum velocity for suspended particles. Shots of pipes, pumping gauges.

Durham. The experimental pipeline. Spoil is mixed with water 2000 gallons and then pumped to the beach, 1.5 km away. Shots of the pipes lying in a trench.

Shots of Blackhall Beach which has been treated for a year. There are already signs of improvement.

Stanley’s Travels: County Durham (1970s)

Stanley’s Travels: Stanley Richardson filmed these scenes on his cine camera around County Durham during the 1970s.

Posted by the Great Nephew of Stanley Richardson (1912-1988).

YouTube video by Adnylak (22 Jun 2018)

RIVER WEAR, DURHAM, mid-1970s (8mm Amateur Footage)

Converted from reels of film bought on eBay.

Uploaded to YouTube by GuildfordGhost on 25 Dec 2010.

Durham Coal Miners BBC Documentary

Originally broadcast 12 January 1972. This film depicts various scenes, interviews, and references to the Durham coal mines and lives of the miners and their families/ communities including Wearmouth Colliery, Sunderland.

Uploaded to YouTube by Paint Your Wagon on 3 Apr 2016.

Norman Dennis – Presenter; Contributors George Bestford, Edward Cowen, Gertrude Robson, and Lady Helen Walsh. Two people in the film are related to the Youtube poster.

Mining News, 1970’s – Film 7515

Helicopter views of Durham, Newcastle, and working North East mines.

John Mills, the man in charge of British coal production, gets into a small helicopter with the pilot. Good aerials of Durham and Durham Cathedral. 

Uploaded to YouTube on 17 Nov 2014 by HuntleyFilmArchives.

Other shots include:

  • Lampton coke ovens from the air
  • Passing the Tyne Bridge with barges passing underneath
  • St. James’s Park football stadium
  • Village of Ashington
  • Ashington Colliery
  • Shots of surface work at pits in North East England
  • Aerial shots of open-cast coal mining
  • The land returned to agriculture and a golf course
  • Aerials of a large smelter
  • Mines and miners
  • Station box of Lynemouth Sidings
  • Bates Colliery, Westoe Colliery, Dorton(?) Colliery
  • Beamish Museum with people looking at industrial heritage
  • A man shovels coal into the locomotive boiler
  • A poster advertises the Stockton and Darlington 150th Anniversary at Shildon 
  • Aerials of Jordan Colliery

Durham In The 1980s

Electrification of the ECML through Durham Station 1980s

Uploaded to YouTube by ageofthe train on 17 Apr 2018.

Durham 1986

Montage of student photos set to music.

Click arrow to play the YouTube video uploaded by Chelejf on 17 Sep 2011.

Durham city car drive. Mid 1980’s

Mid 1980’s dashcam video.

Uploaded to YouTube by Alan Freeman on 15 Feb 2016.

Durham In The 1990s

▶ “Durham Station 1990 Rare Footage

Kris Nelson uploaded this video to YouTube on 2 Sep 2011. The upload settings of this video means you’ll have to watch it directly on YouTube.

Kris was aged just 15 in the Spring of 1990, when he visited his grandparents in Durham and borrowed his Grandad’s video camera to make this film.

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