Open Lectures & Talks
'Meeting are held on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm.'
Aycliffe Village Hall, North Terrace, Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 6LG, North East,
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26 October 2015
'Aycliffe Village Local History Society
had its inaugural meeting 30 November, 2004. It is for anyone interested in local history, especially that of the Great Aycliffe area ... Great Aycliffe was once part of a vast forest of oak trees bearing the name Auckland or Oakland . Throughout this area there were many clearings and small settlements, one of them being Aclea or Acle - Saxon meaning "clearing in the oak trees" (cliff - Saxon meaning "a rock or headland"). Over the centuries the early forest tribes, the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans cut the trees down for use as fuel, bridge/road building, repairs and later for ship-building ...'