The Archive has been collectiong photographs and ephemera relating to the area since 1989. We now have a collection of over 4000 images and many pices of archive material relating to the districts past.


We are always on the look out for new images. If you have any old photographs of Tow Law, we are always happy to recive copies.

Mr & Mrs Chambers

Attwood Place, Tow Law

Please note: The group no longer has regular meetings. however, the Archive is still maintained and added too regularly. It is hoped that the Archives contents will be made more accessible to researchers and the wider public, in the not to distant future


Updated: April 2022

Welcome to Tow Law & District History Archives web site.


Tow Law History Group was formed in 1989 by members of an evening class organised by W.E.A. (Workers Education Association).


The Society meat regularly in the Church Hall of St. Phillip & James, Church Lane, Tow Law, until the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic. 


We are a small working group who research and actively support other community projects: giving talks to schools, church groups, or slide shows from our extensive collection of photographs.


Over the past 30 years we have produced a number of publications – The Stargazer of Tow Law, Whence and Whither, Memoirs of Tow Law, Tow Law 150th Year Celebration Book (photographs), plus a video "Memories of Tow Law" and now our latest book Letters to America.


The area our collection covers now extends from Tow Law in the west through the Deerness Valley to Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth in the east.


Our group is completely independent with its own constitution and we rely solely on our member’s efforts to finance our projects.


With a falling membership and the impact of Covid-19 the Society has changed its format to become that of an Archive. The Archive will be continue to be maintained and added to. It is also hoped that, in the near future, the Archive will be come publicly accessible.


April 2022