The Heritage Centre
Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre
Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre originally served the village of Wheatley Hill as the Chapel of Rest. In 2002 the Parish Council converted it into the present Heirtage Centre Building.
The Heritage Centre houses a permanent exhibition of an East Durham Colliery Home as well as many artefacts and photographs which have been donated by local people, and friends and families now living away from the village.
For further information please visit the Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre website.
The War Memorial
The War Memorial is situated just outside The Heritage Centre. The Memorial bears the names of the brave men of Wheatley Hill who fought, and lost their lives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars, and Korean War.
Peter Lee (1864- 1935)
Peter Lee has strong connections with the village of Wheatley Hill.
In 1903, age 33, he stood for Wheatley Hill Parish Council. His council duties involved responsibility for sanitation and water purity within the village, as well as the creation of new roads and a cemetery.Peter Lee went on to become Chair of the Parish Council.
Peter Lee died on 16 June 1935. Some years before this the town of Peterlee was created and his name lives on in the town.
At his personal request he was buried in Wheatley Hill Cemetery where his grave is a listed monument. The cemetery is also home to the Heritage Centre that celebrates the life of this great man who did so much for the village of Wheatley Hill during his time as Chair of the Parish Council.
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