Archive for January, 2010

Old Store Ushaw Moor

January 31, 2010 21 comments

Broughs store at the bottom

of Station Road operated a delivery service which covered a large

area of the Deerness Valley. They created employment for at least

22 people in 1914.

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Deerness Valley Comp 84-89

January 30, 2010 3 comments

I lived at Brandon but went to Deerness Valley Comp 84-89. I used to love nicking off outta school gates and going down to dents for a chip stottie..which l always halved with my mate Angela Graham coz she bought the ciggies lol! Or going to the van for kets n chewy. Just had to be careful going back into school after lunch break in case STRETCH (Mr Armstrong) was watching for ya’s oh happy days !!!

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Ashley Bewick

I lived at brandon but went to Deerness Valley Comp 84-89. I used to love nicking off outta school gates and going down to dents for a chip stottie..which l always halved with my mate Angela Graham coz she bought the ciggies lol! Or going to the van for kets n chewy. Just had to be careful going back into school after lunch break incase STRETCH (Mr Armstrong) was watching for ya's oh happy days !!!

Was Your Mother An Aycliffe Angel?

January 28, 2010 2 comments

Thousands of women living in the North East were !  During WW2 they worked at the munitions plant doing very brave and very dangerous work. A lady called Gladys Stoddart was one such angel but whether or not she was part of Phil Stoddart’s family I have no idea. Certainly a lady called Doris Findlay worked there and the last information I had was that she lived in New Acres Ushaw Moor. My mother was also one of those angels!

There is a lot of detail about the Aycliffe Angels on the web including photographs and stories. One such story tells us that Winston Churchill – later Sir Winston of course – paid a  WW2 visit during the month of May. There had been a lot of snow but by the time he was due to visit much of it was dirty. Some of the angels went to adjoining  fields to get some fresh nice white snow to put over the top of the dirty stuff –  just to please him. One of the angels gave him a big kiss.

To read the fascinationg story of the Aycliffe Angels just go into the  Google search box by using: Aycliffe Angel – just those two words will bring it all back! The choice of sites will then be in front of you on page one. I like the Communigate feature very much.    


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Facebook | Ushaw Moor Memories

January 28, 2010 8 comments

Does anyone have any photos or info about the explosion down the pit as my Great Grandad William Timmons died in that. There was a massive funeral and photos but the photos we had as a family were given to the newspaper and they lost them.

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Ushaw Moor Kitchen

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Ushaw Moor Kitchen

Originally uploaded by Ushaw Dude

Photo of typical kitchen in Ushaw Moor Colliery House 1938.

Anyone got any memories of this photo, does anyone know where it was taken ? Who is the lady in the picture ?

Hope this photo brings back some memories for some of you.


Categories: Memories, mining

Get the Lemonade Out – WB ‘s 200th Posting On This Site

January 15, 2010 1 comment

 And that does not count the first website! There you are – I love starting a sentence with and – what an almighty rebel.

If you are a local football lover, as well as an amateur historian, I thoroughly recommend  you to go onto the Durham County Schools Football Association website at . Over the years there have been several very local schoolboys donning the shirt of the full county schoolboy team and you can see their names on site if you look carefully.

One of them was Jimmy Dodds from New Brancepeth School. He played outside left for Durham against Northumberland in 1911. If I had only known, when I played for Durham and District Boys [selected from about 26 schools] that my great uncle Jimmy had donned the shirt of the full schoolboy county  team [in the same position!] I would have surely had a sense of history. Ofcourse playing for Durham and District was not quite the same feather in the cap as playing for the full county side.

Blow me at outside right was a lad called Vasey – this is weird. It could not be John because I am sure that he is not presently 113 years old.

There was a player in the 1911 match – playing alongside our Jimmy from New Brancepeth – that went on to be very famous – Warney Cresswell – on that day in 1911  he played right half for Durham. Later he earned the sobriquet ‘the Prince of Full backs’ . He won 7 caps for England as well as helping Everton to win the Football League Championship twice and the FA Cup.


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January 14, 2010 5 comments

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Teachers’ Time In Temperance Terrace

January 9, 2010 1 comment

That 1906/7 photo of Ushaw Moor Temperance AFC has prompted a few words about the Temperance Movement and the ‘academics’ living in Temperance Terrace around about the time of WW1.

Beer was not the target for many of the movement in its early days – the target was spirits. However by the 1840s many were beginning to seek teetotalism. I have to say that drunkenness became a serious problem in  Victorian times and remarkably many young children not only suffered because of their parents drinking  -they drank themselves silly as well – when given the opportunity.

In Ireland a Catholic priest, Theobald Matthew, persuaded a considerable number of people to sign the pledge but there were several other influential people and organisations striving to do the same – the Band of Hope springs to mind as do the Quakers and the Salvation Army. That’s a point – the Salvation Army got shillings from me many a time in the 1970s by approaching me in pubs. I did read its War Cry and at for a while I found myself  ‘going out’ with a daughter of a salvationist!

Just before WW1 there was a salvationist living in Temperance Terrace – how apt. It might be of some interest to know that there were several teachers living in that terrace at that time and they included: Phyliss O’Doherty, Mr Spears, Jessie Davies, and Catherine Heaton. Catherine boarded at 2/3 Temperance Terrace with Elizabeth Hope and  her son John Thomas Hope [he is mentioned in detail elsewhere on site].  I am descended from that Hope family.


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Alcohol Free Football Team 1906-07

January 6, 2010 2 comments

My my – you wait ages for a bus and two turn up at once er… I meant football teams. It is interesting to note that two of the players are wearing ties and one is sporting a cap – all of that would be curious to see in modern teams. One of the supporters is smoking so … a ban on drink but not on fags! Does anyone recognise a long lost relative? Do you reckon the picture was taken at Broadgate?

I wish to thank that splendid chap Keith Belton, of the Durham Amateur Football Trust, for this photograph – it formed page three of the Christmas card he sent me. And what an interesting page 3!
If there are any other appropriate acknowledgements to make in respect of the photograph I will gladly arrange it: please contact me if that applies.

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Durham Boys v Crook – Ferrens Park circa 1959

January 6, 2010 12 comments

Here we have a photograph of the Durham Boys football team with their captain Norman Ferguson of Ushaw Moor, his best friend the late Les Gleghorn to his right ( both Johnstonians ) and then Vic Meredith of Pittington School.

On the top row we have identified Brian Crampton, Ian Pattison ( South Hetton ) and Robert Hancock. Can W.B. identify himself please and anyone else he is able to.

Posted on Behalf of Peter Clarke