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Memories of Ushaw Moor: Roy Lambeth Nov 30th 2003

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Memories of Ushaw Moor: Roy Lambeth Nov 30th 2003.

Having failed my 11+ exam, in September 1959 I went to Whinney Hill Secondary Modern School (i was living in Musgrave Gardens in Gilesgate, Durham). Some of the more senior boys tried to make us feel welcome by fiding out our interests and introducing us to senior with similar interests. Being a trainspotter I was introduced to the late Stephen Dent who lived at 22 Whitehouse Lane in Ushaw Moor (he was related to the Tallentyre Dent family – the bakers shop at the cross roads). His Father worked as a clerk with British Railways in Newcastle. One saturday I was invited to go with him to meet some of his railway friends. I went from Durham to Ushaw Moor by bus (United No.44), found Whitehouse Lane and headed up the back street as instructed. Since very few gates had numbers on them I soon lost count so I asked directions from an elderly lady, but before I got my information I was ushered into her kitchen and fed homemade cakes with a cup of tea. Being from a housing estate in Durham, this surprised me but I was to find out that it was typical of mining communities. Then I learned why I was in the back street. She told me that the front door was only used for “Hatches,Matches & Dispatches” but the back door was ALWAYS open.

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Barbara Porter Australia Feb. 24th 2004

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From Original Ushaw Moor Memories BLOG

Barbara Porter Australia Feb. 24th 2004

My grandfather Frederick Vickers worked at the Ushaw Moor coal mine and lived at 29 Ladysmith Tce. All his children were born there including my mother Jane, born 1916. During WW11 I went to live with my grandparents for a short while and went to Ushaw Moor Infant School. I often saw Vicar Welby as the manse was at the end of Ladysmith Tce and I once went to tea there. My grandfather owned a big allotment in front of Ladysmith Tce where he grew vegetables and kept hens and pigs. Neighbors would come to buy fresh vegetables from him and Chrysanthemums when available. I spent many hours in summer collecting blackberries for my grandmother’s yummy blackberry and apple pies. No one seemed to worry about us wandering off on our little adventures in those days although I was very young.

via Memories of Ushaw Moor: Barbara Porter Australia Feb. 24th 2004.

B. Drysdale , Billingham 28th June 2004

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From First Ushaw Moor Memories BLOG

B. Drysdale , Billingham 28th June 2004

I enjoyed reading about Martin and Ruby Gallagher. My Gran and Grandad lived at 28 Arthur St. and as a child I was often sent to the little shop. It was a happy place, Ruby was always singing. My Gran never called her Ruby Gallaher it was Ruby Deaton. Also in Arthur St. were Mrs. Quinn, Mrs. Jolly , Mrs. Nanncarrow and the Wallige family. They were friendly with the Young family who lived in Whitehouse Lane.

The place I liked most was the Co-Op Store. I think the Manager was called Kilpatrick. Sometimes we had to go upstairs to the shoe dept. It was like an Aladdin’s Cave. All kinds of boxes and drawers, I would have loved looking inside them, but all my Gran ever bought were Portland shoes. Another of my favourite places was the Empire Cinema. Upstairs, at the front, my head on the wide rail watching anything and everything, and a bag of Cherry Lips, magic.

My Gran kept the Doctors surgery when it was in Arthur St. Does anyone remember Dr. Dickinson? He was there when Dr. Millyard came to Ushaw Moor. Anyone wanting the Dr. would phone my Gran on ‘New Brancepath 202′ and leave a message for the Dr. to call.Other names from my early years in Ushaw Moor are Billy Defty, Tommy Hall, John Aberdeen and Susan Lough. Susans’ family had the shoe shop on Station Rd.

Did anyone go to the Christmas parties at the Baptist Chapel? They were great fun, games and food, all home made by the ladies of the Chapel. We all had to wind different coloured cotton around our knives forks and spoons so that we didn’t get them mixed up. They were held in the school room of the chapel, it seemed huge. The tables were set up on tressles, and everyone contributed plates and bowls, I wonder if they were returned to their owners?

Well I hope I have set some memories stirring. My Gran and Grandad were Janet and Jo Henderson, my Aunt Cissie and Uncle Jack lived next door at No.29 Arthur St. My Mams name is Peggy Elliott and she lives near me in Billingham. Looking forward to reading some more memories.

via Memories of Ushaw Moor: November 2004.