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Howden-le-Wear is a busy village situated on the A689 road between  Bishop Auckland and Crook Town in County Durham in the North-East of  England. Six road routes converge at this former coal-mining settlement,  now expanding with new residential developments while retaining 19th    century streets at its centre. Howden-le-Wear Local History Society was founded in 1995 by a small  group of, mainly elderly, residents eager to record the history of the village  and immediate environment before their wealth of information was lost to  future generations. The society holds regular monthly meetings on the third  Tuesday of each month, has welcomed many guest speakers to address  the assemblies on a wide variety of interesting topics, and continues to be  involved in many projects of local historical significance. Over the years, a  large archive of old photographs and images has been collected, and  artefacts, audio recordings of memoirs, documents, maps and books  provide a valuable and accessible information base. The society has  worked closely with Howden Primary School on a number of topics sharing  knowledge and enthusiasm with future generations. 
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