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The River Derwent flows north for 35 miles, from Blanchland in County Durham to Derwenthaugh, where it enters the Tyne.

The river valley and its surroundings are now an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The knowledge of this valley's significance in industrial and social history had been lost to all but a few academics and local historians.

The Land of Oak & Iron project has transformed that.


Dr Bill Lancaster's masterful essay explains the area's international importance.    Click below to read, download or print it.


The Lower Derwent Valley and the Making of the Modern World


This Local History Portal is your doorway to a wealth of information, not only about the history of this special area, but also the myths, legends and notable characters.

Interest in our history has grown exponentially since the project began, and our many local history societies are thriving.

This site is run by volunteers from the Winlaton & District Local History Society.

 If you would like to be involved, or have suggestions for pages, links or books to be added, please CONTACT US.












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