Chester-Le-Street (Saxon, Coneceastre), a parish and village of England, county of Durham, on a Roman military road, and near an ancient Roman station, 6 m.N of the city of Durham; pop. of the parish in 1871, 33,287. Its parish church, dedicated to St. Cuthbert, whose remains are said to have rested here for 113 years before their removal to Durham, and to St. Mary, is an imposing Gothic building, with a handsome tower, and a spire 150 ft. high. It contains the stone effigies of the lords of Lumley, 14 in number, from Lyulph, the Saxon founder of the family, to the time of Elizabeth. The see of a bishop was removed hither from Lindisfarne about 880, and remained till 995, when the prelate and clergy were expelled by the Danes. The bishopric was then fixed at Durham. The village is lighted with gas, and contains manufactories of rope, nails, and tiles. There arc coal mines, brass and iron works, corn mills, paper mills, fire-brick yards, a steam engine manufactory, and a productive salt spring in the vicinity. Near here also are Lumley castle, a seat of the earl of Scarborough, Lamhton hall, belonging to the earl of Durham, and Ravensworth castle.

The first mentioned is an interesting building, supposed to have been founded in the 14th century.