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History talk tells story of County Durham family through turbulent times

A guest speaker will explore the past of a respected County Durham family in a history

presentation, inspired by recently uncovered documents.

The Hoppers of Iveston is the latest in a series of online talks hosted by Durham County

Record Office, which is run by Durham County Council, and has been inspired by the

discovery of early land documents in the records of the Consett Iron Company.

Viewers can join guest speaker Catherine Meades, a scientist with a passion for family

history, to learn about the past of the prominent Hopper family, including stories about their

Quaker connections and links to early America.

The talk, which will take place on Thursday 15 July, from 10.30am to 11.30am, is free to

attend but spaces must be booked in advance.

Dawn Layland, education and outreach archivist at Durham County Record Office, said:

“Our online talks have proven very popular and this latest in the series is set to provide

another fascinating insight into County Durham history.

“The Hoppers were in Iveston from at least the reign of Elizabeth I, through the

Commonwealth period and until at least 1754 and the reign of George II of the House of

Hanover - a very turbulent period of history.

“Many members of the Hopper family were Quakers, part of one of the earliest Quaker

communities in the country, and one of them, Benjamin Hopper, was one of the early

settlers in Pennsylvania, USA.”

Places on the talk can be booked through the Record Office‘s online shop at


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