History of Brightwater & the river skerne


Bright Water Heritage Audit

November 11, 2016

As part of the development of our HLF supported Bright Water Landscape Project, we have commissioned a detailed study of the available historical resources and archaeological finding from our area. This covers over 10,000 years of the area’s history and will be of great interest to anyone undertaking their own research. Click here to download

Credit: Amy Lewis

Memories of the Skerne by Ian Bond

October 6, 2016

A few years ago I watched an interview with Sting where he talked about growing up on Tyneside, with the River Tyne and the ship yards right at the end of his street. This was the inspiration for his debut musical, The Last Ship. We had a river at the end of our street to. …


Who were the Aycliffe Angels?

September 30, 2016

During the period from 1941 -1945 the Royal Ordnance Factory 59 (ROF59) in Newton Aycliffe employed 17,000 people to make munitions to support the war effort, these were mostly women and they became known as the Aycliffe Angels. The name was coined by Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) during one of his propaganda broadcasts on …


The Durham Ox

September 21, 2016

To many people the ‘Durham Ox’ is simply the name of pubs up and down the country. But where did the Ox come from and why was it so important? The Durham Ox was a Shorthorn bred here, in the Bright Water area, in 1796 by Charles Colling of Ketton Hall who was a one …

18188 Bright Water Historical Map 17-11

Story of a Changing Landscape

September 21, 2016

No part of the North East has seen more dramatic changes in its landscape than that of the Bright Water area. As you can see from our map, this is the land that surrounds the River Skerne and its tributary burns. Rising near Hurworth in the North, the Skerne flows east for a short distance …


Global Transport Revolution

September 21, 2016

THE WORLD-FAMOUS ‘STOCKTON-DARLINGTON’ RAILWAY Almost 200 years ago, on 27 September 1825, George Stephenson pulled 6 passenger wagons of invited guests, 14 wagons of workmen and 6 coal and flour wagons behind his famous steam engine Locomotion No 1. Its journey across the River Skerne in Darlington, on the iconic bridge built by Ignatius Bonomi …