Peterlee

By Chris Guy posted on Jan. 31, 2015 in Urban

Peterlee is a New Town in County Durham in the North East of England. The town is named after Peter Lee the miner’s leader and county councillor.

Built in the 1950s under the New Towns Act of 1946 the town originally housed coal miners and their families. George Grenfell-Baines was the primary architect on the project, having replaced Berthold Lubetkin who resigned from the Peterlee Development Corporation in 1950, his ambitious plans for tower blocks having been rejected as unsuitable for the geology of the area which had been weakened by mining works.

I wanted to visit the town for two reasons, firstly as part of my project to photograph all of the designated New Towns in the UK and secondly to visit Victor Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion – a brutalist public artwork that dates from 1969, to celebrate the Apollo missions and moon landing of that year.

I drove up to Peterlee on a bright February weekend in 2014 and had a day to wander around with my camera. I spilt the walks into three;

  • A three mile loop around the housing estate around Passfield Way, starting and ending at Our Lady Of The Rosary church
  • Sunny Bunts and the Apollo Pavilion
  • The Town Centre and Castle Dean Shopping Centre

Passfield Way

Our Lady Of The Rosary Church

Our Lady Of The Rosary Church

Peterlee housing designed by George Grenfell-Baines

Peterlee housing designed by George Grenfell-Baines

Oakerside Drive Silhouette

Oakerside Drive Silhouette

Peterlee housing designed by George Grenfell-Baines

Peterlee housing designed by George Grenfell-Baines

Peterlee housing designed by George Grenfell-Baines

Peterlee housing designed by George Grenfell-Baines

Peterlee housing designed by George Grenfell-Baines

Peterlee housing designed by George Grenfell-Baines

The Moorcock Public HousePeterlee_0054

The Moorcock Public HousePeterlee_0054

Our Lady Of The Rosary Church

Our Lady Of The Rosary Church

Sunny Blunts and the Apollo Pavilion

The Apollo Pavilion by Victor Passmore

The Apollo Pavilion by Victor Passmore

The Apollo Pavilion by Victor Passmore

The Apollo Pavilion by Victor Passmore

The Apollo Pavilion by Victor Passmore

The Apollo Pavilion by Victor Passmore

Sunny Blunts

Sunny Blunts

The Apollo Pavilion by Victor Passmore

The Apollo Pavilion by Victor Passmore

Sunny Blunts

Sunny Blunts

Oakerside Drive, Peterlee

Oakerside Drive, Peterlee

The Town Centre and Castle Dean Shopping Centre

Castle Dene Shopping Centre

Castle Dene Shopping Centre

Lee House, Castle Dene Shopping Centre

Lee House, Castle Dene Shopping Centre

Lee House, Peterlee

Lee House, Peterlee

Lee House, Castle Dene Shopping Centre

Lee House, Castle Dene Shopping Centre

St Cuthbert’s Church, Peterlee

St Cuthbert’s Church, Peterlee

St Cuthbert’s Church, Peterlee

St Cuthbert’s Church, Peterlee

It was a beautiful day to be out shooting and I would have loved to have spent more time exploring the area but as it was I needed to head back down south. However there are more New Towns in the North East (Washington, Cramlington, Killingworth and Newton Aycliffe) so I do indeed plan to return.


Tagged with:
new town

< Blogs