Putting Hartlepool’s religion under the spotlight

The churches of Hartlepool go under the spotlight in a talk later this week.
The churches of Hartlepool go under the spotlight in a talk later this week.

Want to hear more about the conflicts and the influential figures behind Hartlepool’s churches?

A new talk will look at exactly that when it happens later this week in town.

Hartlepool History Then and Now books which are on sale.

Hartlepool History Then and Now books which are on sale.

A series of public talks has proved to be hugely popular in Hartlepool and another one is on the way on Thursday, September 7, at Community Hub Central which is in York Road.

Expert Steve Robbins, who is a Hartlepool historian, is the man behind the event and he will turn the clock back 1,500 years to the days when the town had its first established church.

Churches have been looking at the spiritual concerns of the town since then.

Jackie Johnson, who is a Library Officer at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “He will also look at the changes that have taken place in that time and some of the influences it has had on the town.

Steve will start the talk 1500 years ago when the first church was established in Hartlepool as churches have been looking at the spiritual concerns of the town since then.

Jackie Johnson

“It is not a history of a single church or an archaeological history of them. He will also look at some of the incidents that have occurred and some of the clergymen involved. High up on that list is the conflict between Reverend Burges and Ralf Ward Jackson over Christ Church.”

The history talks have been ongoing since June and the first of them looked at Hartlepool’s first Conservation Area on the Headland.

Next in line was the Church Street Conservation area.

Then came the Park, Grange and Seaton Carew areas of the town.

Steve’s latest talk will be given at the CHAT group meeting which will be held at Community Hub Central on Thursday this week. It starts at 2pm and is all about Hartlepool and surrounding village churches.

Jackie added: “Booking is preferred for this event.”

To reserve a spot, contact the Hub to book your place on (01429) 272905 or email central.library@hartlepool.gov.uk.

People can also find out more by visiting the Hartlepool History Then and Now website which can be found at http://www.hhtandn.org/.

The site has more than 11,000 images and has sections such as both the world wars, transport, trade and industry, sport and leisure, Hartlepool people, ships of the town and trade and industry.

A selection of HHTandN books are also available to buy at all Hubs and Libraries and they retail at £2 each or three for £5.

Interest in genealogy is definitely growing in Hartlepool.

Lots of people get along to the family history drop-in sessions at the Community Hub Central in York Road every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12pm.

To join in, drop in any Wednesday morning for help and advice on pursuing your family tree. To find out more, contact (01429) 272905.

A similar session is held each Friday from 2pm to 4pm at Seaton Carew Library, in Station Lane.

Staff are on hand with expert hints, tips and guidance. Contact (01429) 269808.