History of the Club

Raby Arms Hotel
The Barnard Castle Angling Club was set up on February 17th 1938.

A meeting was held in the Raby Arms Hotel restaurant where a councillor Fred Nevison presided with them and it was then decided that the club would be started. An agent, H.B.Hall Esq, for Lord Barnard was also at the meeting.

It was this meeting where Lord Barnard’s agent put forward that there should be a lease on the Lordship’s water for 5 years from the Tees Bridge down to the Broken Warren (opposite Egglestone Abbey) and that it would cost £5 every year to lease. However his Lordship had already decided that he would allow the lease for £2.10 for the first three years and would provide the lease himself to help the club get on its feet. This was agreed without any objections and this was the first stretch of water that the club was allowed to fish.

The Market Cross Barnard Castle
It was decided that Lord Barnard would become Patron.
Major T.B.Heslop D.S.O agreed to be president.
Mr J.Allinson was made Chairman.
Mr W.G.Richardson was appointed Secretary and Treasurer.
The Messrs would be: Mr W. McKitten, Mr R.G.Jackson, Mr T.Dobson, Mr A.Jefferson,
Mr S.Bailey and Mr. W.Young.

Over the next few meetings rules that had been put into place by Lord Barnard as part of the lease would be extended and that all members would be given their own membership cards and help to maintain and patrol the water which Lord Barnard was very happy to agree to.

You had to pay 2/6 pence for the season if you lived in Barnard Castle and 5 pence for the season if you lived outside of Barney. Day and week passes were also available. A day pass for 1/6 pence and a week pass for 4 pence.

Barnard Castle The Bank

Like the rest of Barnard Castle the club have changed a lot over the years. The club is much bigger and covers a wider area and the rules have expanded. The prices may have increased but the club is still counted as one of the most popular areas to fish on the river Tees.

Images from Post cards here and now for Barnard Castle