The Fitzhugh Library - Overview

More and more people are interested in local history and find collections of past papers, maps and records fascinating. Too many realize too late that they have let their own family's contributions to past history be thrown away. We are working to prevent this. Please will you help us?

The Fitzhugh Library was set up as a charitable trust in 1990 (Reg. No. 700930) to maintain and expand an existing collection of local material, which has been made available to the public.

The area covered is the old Palatinate of Durham before the 1974 boundary revisions, plus the Ecclesiastical Parish of Romaldkirk. This includes Bedlington, Crayke, Holy Island and Norham.

At present, the Library contains over ten thousand items: books, maps, periodicals, photographs and ephemera; also there are some 20,000 sheets of newspaper cuttings. Using a simple system, everything is card and computer-indexed for easy reference.

The trustees intend to continue the policy of collecting County Durham material and to make the library available for reference and research purposes.

We are anxious, therefore, to contact interested persons, groups and societies who would be able to support our initiative, offering us material for safekeeping and helping us to become better known.

There are no admission charges but we would be grateful for any donations towards the maintenance and upkeep of the collection..

The library is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30 to 14:30.

Please be aware that the library will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period as follows:-

Monday 23rd December

Tuesday 24th December

Monday 30th December

Tuesday 31st December