A BOOK written by a Staindrop headmaster who delved into the history of the Lords of Raby Castle estate, is now on sale.

John Broumley, who was headmaster of Staindrop School from 1925 to 1941, first started writing The Lords of Raby and Staindrop, after retiring.

Priced at £19.50, it contains more than 300 pages of history of the castle, the church and the village from the time of King Canute to 1957.

Nearly 300 copies have been sold and another two hundred have been printed.

It can be purchased at the Teesdale Mercury shop, in Barnard Castle, Cronins News, in Staindrop and the Raby Castle Shop as well as from Jennifer Priestley by calling 01833-660428 and Hylene Bowman on 01833-660323.

All profits from the sale will be given to St. Mary's Church Restoration Fund, in Staindrop.