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Old Store Ushaw Moor

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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  1. Gillian Wills
    February 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Does anyone remember a clothes millinery shop on Station Road that was owned by Edith, Maud and Lydia Ross. They lived in this house with a shop front overlooking Station Street from the 30’s through to the 1970s. They sold wool, embroidery threads, toys, hats, clothes, toiletries and more. Their brother Norman was a chauffeur who died in a car crash.

    • Sheila Hall
      February 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Yes, I remember the shop, we always called the lady owner ‘Miss Ross’. I loved to go into the shop as often as I could and would always ‘volunteer’ to run errands for any member of my family who wanted to buy something from there.

      Inside, the shop was very small, it was crammed from floor to ceiling with all sorts of things and I was always very anxious to see what was for sale. Cardigans, blouses, skirts, tights, ladies underwear, hairgrips, hairnets (I remember my Grandmother wearing a hairnet occasionally when she went to bed – very Ena Sharples!)

      I remember the shelves in the shop were very high and Miss Ross had a type of ladder that she used in order to reach the items at the top. If you wanted something that she did not have in the shop, she would order it for you, she was always most helpful as I recall.

      Other shops that I recall were Lawsons the butcher, I didn’t like walking past there as a child in case dead rabbits etc., were hung outside, I remember Mr Parkinson the butcher, animal heads adorned the walls of his shop as I recall, what looked like huge buffalo heads with bulging eyes – maybe they weren’t really that big!

      Mr Metcalf the baker, I am sure I have yet to taste a better meat pie. There was a fish and chip shop next to the post office, Mrs Hopper’s in High View, and I think there were two in Station Road.

      I remember Gallagher’s shop at the top of Arthur Street, I went there very often to run errands for my Grandmother, and I loved to stand in the queue and listen to the women of the village talking – it’s amazing what you would hear of the latest goings on in the village from the local shop.

      At Christmas, my favourite shop in the village was Stan Watson’s, oh how we loved to look in the shop window just before Christmas – we could go to Durham or Newcastle to the bigger stores, but for me as a small child, nothing beat Stan’s window with the coloured lights and all the wonderful toys and games on display.

      My Mother would do some of her shopping at Broughs and I remember Mrs Proctor’s shop which was nearby. I have some very vague memories of a ‘coffee shop’ in Station Road, I think it may have been opposite the shop owned by Miss Ross, I’m sure I can remember a coffee making machine and lots of ice cream, does anyone remember this?

      Anyway, must go now, I’ll try to remember a bit more for next time.

    • Ali Blake
      September 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I have a few memories of visiting the shop as the great niece of Edith, Maud an Lydia Ross. My Grandma lived in Durham – for some time at Houghall. As young children we used to visit our Aunties at the shop and were always warned to sit still and be quiet, but I remember them as being very kind. I think Maud lived there up until the 1980’s until she died – I remember once visiting her with a Sunday lunch made by my Aunty Joan who still lived in Durham. I think I was around 19 then. I also remember she had a lot of what seemed to me like very old stock like cotton ‘grandad shirts’ with removable collars, stacked in back rooms. Great Aunt Maud liked to tell the story of the time a robber came in wanting the contents of the cash register. She used to tell us she saw him off by calling to the back “Norman, let the dog off the chain!”. At the time there was no longer any Norman and no dog. I remember being very impressed at her quick thinking. I also remember being told about my great uncle Norman who, as the story went, was a chauffeur for a senior police officer. One evening, after a function and under the influence the police officer had insisted on driving, ending up with the fatal car crash. I don’t know if this is the truth but it’s the story I grew up with.

      • Gillian
        March 25, 2014 at 6:45 am

        I was thrilled to read this. I am also the great niece of Maud, Edith and Lydia. My Mother was Aileen Mcphee and she was the daughter of Lily McPhee who lived in Holmlands Crescent. Was your grandmother Aida Ross? I am living in Queensland Australia now. In 2010 I visited Durham and went with Aileen’s brother Malcolm and wife Pat to look at Maud’s shop. I wish I hadn’t seen what it had become because all the presence and mystery of the dwelling had gone. And the shop was a hairdressing salon and painted white with bright neon lights.

        Gillian

    • Miriam Ross
      February 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      These were my great aunts and Norman was my grear paternal uncle. He was a chauffeur for the Police. There was a Police Chief in the car when it crashed who claimed to have lost his memory. There was a massive cover up according to my family. They were devastated by Norman’s death.
      I visited the aunts as a child. I’m not sure if they were all still living there when I visited. The last remaining aunt left me a little money in her will a few years ago.

  2. noodles29
    February 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I found this article by Sheila Hall fascinating. I think the “coffee shop” was Joe Lowerys which the next shop down Station Road from the Rosses drapery shop. Joe and his brother had a milk round. They delivered by horse and cart and I well remember their horse who was named Peter. He was kept in a field by the side of the road on the Broompark side of St. Josephs school. There was a family named Proctor lived at the bottom of Station Road but I cannot remember them owning a shop. Robin and Frank Proctor both played cricket for Ushaw Moor.

  3. noodles29
    February 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Norman Ross was a Police Officer or he worked for Durham County Police and as Sheila states he was killed whilst at work in a road traffic accident. There was often a big black Police car parked on the road at the gable end of the shop and and Norman in uniform the jacket of which buttoned up to the neck. More entries please Sheila.

  4. Wilfb
    February 12, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Several very good postings have been generated by the photograph. In particular Sheila has excelled. Just to pull things together about the store from elsewhere on site:
    [1] It was from the store – after a day’s work – that Arthur Hodgson emerged during a dark – no lighting – WW2 evening – got on his push bike – then about thirty yards up Station Road the local bobby, on his motor bike, collides with Arthur and blamed Arthur!
    [2] My aunt Ethel worked at Broughs and eventually married Arthur. Some of her many bridesmaids were probably work colleagues of hers. My Mum and I used to trundle from Unthank Terrace, in Sleetburn, to the store and then when loaded up with provisions trundle all the way back. Sometimes when waiting for mum to complete her shopping I would play outside with a toy gun – prending to be Tex Ritter or Roy Rogers – this must have been c1951/2
    [3] There is a brief article about Mr Brough on site for those interested.
    [4] I seem to recall that Brian wrote a brilliant article about the either the Co-op or Broughs – perhaps he has referred to both.

    I am conscious of the fact that some people stumble upon this site – having been ‘zoned’ into one article – and are not aware of the riches about Ushaw Moor there to be read. On a rainy or snowy day it might be fun to read them all – including the archive.

  5. Zoe mckay
    June 28, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Hi all my name is zoe and I am now the owner of what used to be rosses drapery. If possible has anyone got any old photos of the sisters that used to own it or pictures of the shop I would love to bring abit of there memory back to the shop. Alot of people come in the salon and tell us of there memories of the sisters shop would love to create a memorial for them. If you have could you please send them to Z.starlight@Hotmail.Co.uk. Many thanks

    • June 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Zoe, and thanks for your comment, I haven’t seen much mention of the Drapery, either on the BLOG or elsewhere. The BLOG has little traffic now, a better option maybe for you to add your query to the Memories GROUP on Facebook. You can join here https://www.facebook.com/groups/ushawmemories/

      Paul 🙂 (y)

      • June 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm

        Maud, Lydia and Edith Ross were my great aunts. I visited them often as child and in my twenties although only Maud was still alive then. They were eccentric, opinionated and had a tough life. Their shop was just as much a social centre as it was somewhere to buy virtually anything. I will dig out some photos and scan and then send on to you.

        Gillian Wills

    • June 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Taken from the video harry’s half Crown – is this the Shop in question

    • Miriam Ross
      February 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Zoe,
      Just came upon this site today. I’m (yet another great niece of the Ross sisters. I have lots of cousins who’ll be interested too. Maude did leave me a little money in her will bless her. I’d not seen her since I was a child. My grandfather was her brother Fred. My dad was his second eldest son.
      One of the sisters (Edith perhaps, possibly Lydia) had married but never told anyone. I have 2 remaining uncles so one of them may remember the name of the husband. I’m not sure but I think he used to visit after they married but they never lived together (ever!😀). I’m flagging this up with cousins.

      • February 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

        Hi Miriam. You are quite right about one of your aunts being married but never living together. These facts came to light as far as I can remember after the death of one of the couple. My memory is still good after all these years. The gentleman lived at Bearpark and I can still see him going in the side gate to the back door of the house. People in the village thought it was a long courtship. I know the identity of the gentleman but I think it better you got his name from a relative rather than me. Good luck
        Brian Mc.

      • February 10, 2017 at 9:05 pm

        I am also related, a great niece. Daughter of the child of Lily Ross. I spent all my childhood holiday visiting the sisters. It was Maud who was married but no-one knew about it until her husband Norman died. He used to visit Maud every night on the way home from work and they never lived together. All good wishes.

      • Miriam Ross
        February 11, 2017 at 9:29 am

        Hi Gillian, thanks for that. My cousin Elaine seems to remember seeing you there during one of her visits. Their brother Norman died in car crash in 1955. I think Maud was married to a William Mooney. He came every night for his tea but no one knew they were married. Amazing how many great nieces and nephwes- distant cousins there are. Best wishes.
        Miriam

  6. June 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Yes. Gillian Wills

  7. Eileen Hopper
    September 26, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I am a neice of the Ross sisters! Maud’s secret husband was called. Arthur Mooney.She had met him when she was 15 and he was a bus driver! Her family didn’t approve so he was never allowed into the house but used to be standing in the shop together after it had closed in the evening! Their marriage was only discovered when he died and his family asked if she knew who had his pension book and she shocked them by declaring she was his widow! Edith had been in love with a doctor but he left her and she always thought he would come back! She kept all his gifts to her! My grand mothers bedroom was kept exactly how it was when she died – even the knitting she was doing as was uncle Normans! He had an allotment and grew enormous leeks etc which he entered into shows!
    We were never allowed to visit them on a Thursday evening because that was when they filled in the pools coupon , They had compiled a ledger of all teams the opponents they had played and how they had fared! They were very lucky but we werent ttold how much they had won
    They owned quite a big car and in the summer my father used to take them,grandma and my mother Ada and the two youngest of our family to SeatonCarew! In those days you should take a car onto the beach! On arrival we young ones had to make a sand table and grandma would produce a white table cloth to cover it! We could then eat our picnic!

    They certainly were characters but we loved them and they gave us many laughs when theygave us their quaint eccentric advice about having boy friends etc!

  8. David Payne
    October 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Hi, does anyone have any pictures of 42 station toad in Ushaw Moor when it was a fish and chip shop, 1940s.

    Many thanks

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