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Family History – School Street ?


we recently had an enquiry here in the Local Studies section from an Australian couple trying to trace their family history.  An ancestor was born in 1907 in Ushaw Moor, and they said the birth certificate, if I remember rightly, stated that he was born in School Street, or School Row.  We looked at old OS maps and some relevant books, but found no reference to any street of this name.

A colleague was wondering if possibly local people knew a street by this name – and this is how it got on the birth certificate? – but that officially it was called something else.  I live in Ushaw Moor myself, and did ask my fiancé‘s mam if she’d heard of a School Street, but she hadn’t.  I wondered if you perhaps had any ideas as to where this could have been referring to, please?  Our guess is that it may have been Cook’s Cottages, since the school was orginally adjacent?

I would be very grateful if you have any information; your website is very interesting.  I simply said to the Australian couple I would e-mail them if I turned up anything; they will have returned home by now.

Thank you,

Librarian – Information & Local Studies
Clayport Library
Millennium Place
Durham DH1 1WA

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  1. jaffa886
    September 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    not sure if i can add a map link
    but check here :-

    there is a long row of houses near the school ‘unnamed’

    if it’s any help


  2. jaffa886
    September 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    did they give the ‘ancestors name ?
    i’ll have a look in the 1911 census

  3. noodles29
    September 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Try an old OS map for New Brancepeth or Sleetburn as it was then known as. I think I have heard of a School Street in the old Lowside area of that village. That area was cleared shortly after the Second World War. Lowside was the first part of the village built after New Brancepeth Colliery opened in the 1850s.

    Brain Mc.

  4. noodles29
    September 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Cooks Cottages was the original name for that short terrace. Cooks Cottages and Temperence Terrace were built by a Norfolk man named Cook. He established and built the house and smallholding on the Esh Winning Road just past the crossroads which leads down to Broadgate. I think Mr Cook was a lay preacher and did not approve of people consuming alcohol hence the name Temperance for his terrace.

    Brian Mc.

  5. ushaw33
    September 13, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Hello Matt,

    thank you for your help. I’ve been in touch with the Australian enquirer and the man in question – in fact his father – was Joseph Robinson, born on 6th June 1907 in Ushaw Moor (hence the School Terrace mystery…), son of Charles (a miner) and Isobelle Robinson. Don’t go to too much trouble: if you succeed in finding a possible entry in the free 1911 census search, then I can let the Australian know and he can then buy credits and look at the original census return himself from home. Thank you again, Suzanne

  6. Matt
    September 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    First names JOSEPH
    First names Algorithm Exact
    Last names ROBINSON
    Last names Algorithm Exact
    Birth Year 1907
    Residence DURHAM

    gave a good hit on
    ROBINSON JOSEPH M 1907 age 4
    District ?Chester le Street Durham

    this one looks favourite to me in the 1911 census

  7. Matt
    September 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    altho i think Ushaw Moor would have been in ESH as the Parish; and therefore under Lanchester as a District ….which reveals a Charles Robinson age 56 ?

  8. Peter Clarke
    September 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I always knew Temperance Terrace as THE POST OFFICE STREET and the southern most part of Bracken Court as THE STORE BANK, therefor either Cook’s Cottages or Walton’s Buildings at the West side of the school could colloquially have been known as School Street. I shall ask my aunty Greta, she is very old. ( Thankfully she does’nt mess with computers. )

  9. Alf Rothwell
    September 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I knew Jossie Robinson who used to live in Arthur Street, he was also known as Jossie Stokoe. Raymond Prest and his mother also lived in the house. Jossie was a great Cyclist and Pigeon Fancier he also used to go shooting game with a local Doctor. The last I heard was that Jossie died in Kimblesworth a few years ago. I think he was born between 1900-1910.

  10. noodles29
    September 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Pass my regards on to your Aunty Greta for me. She isn’t that old. The two streets in question, Waltons Buildings and Cooks Cottages were in situ when Greta was a girl in Ushaw Moor. I am baffled by this one. With regards to the “Store Bank” there was a small single storey building used as a branch of the New Brancepeth Co-op situated at the bottom of the bank on the left hand side where the road turns right onto Oakridge Road. The man behind the counter was Billy Calvert who lived in Joyce Terrace or Deerness View.

    Brian Mc.

  11. Ange
    September 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I was wondering if it might be more in New Brancepeth, maybe up on top of Clay Bank, there use to be an old school up there..?
    Failing that if there realy is no School Row in Ushaw Moor, I know for definate there’s one in Oakenshaw because alot of my ancestors lived there around this time….Ushaw , Oakenshaw could be a typo…??

  12. wayne burnham
    December 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    its probably cooks cottages as the terrace was joined to the old infant and junior school wall. probs juat a error in lots of years communications.

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