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1935 – View of Ushaw College

Ushaw College and Ushaw Moor Village.

  1. noodles
    January 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This photo was taken from near Biggin Farm (Hankeys) The buildings on the skyline on the left of the picture are the College Farm, designed incidentally by a very famous Victorian architect named PUGIN. The next buildings on the skyline to the right are part of the Junior Seminary of Ushaw College. The next buildings on the right again are the Main College buildings. Unfortunately the College is to close as a Roman Catholic Seminary for the training of Priests in June 2011 bringing to an end of 205 years of Catholic tradition. The houses in the middle of the picture are Deerness Terrace to the left and Joyce Terrace to the right. Just above Joyce Terrace there is a building standing alone in front of the trees, this was an electric sub station and now long since demolished. The actual village of Ushaw Colliery is situated above the slag (pit) heap on the right of the picture. In the forefront of the photo is a white coloured building. I can only place this as a house we called Lanes. It is long since demolished but the stone lintel above the front door was dated 1697. It was supposedly built by a man named de Redpath who built it in reparation for his involement in the death of Saint Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury who was supposedly murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on the orders of the King of the day. Another interesting feature of the photo is art of the wooden framework of the railway bridge which carried the line over the River Deerness, ot the beck as we called the river. The design of the wooden bridges carrying the railway line is very unusual and I have heard say they were unique to this line only. Except for the demolition of the pit and the village this scene remains very much today as it was then nearly eighty years ago. Brian Mc.

    • frank clarke
      February 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Brian Here’s One of those pieces of information that stick in your head Ushaw college farm was designed by Joseph Hansom (of Hansom cab fame) Hope this just adds to your remarkable local knowledge regards Frank Clarke

  2. noodles
    January 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Sorry about the couple of mistakes in the above text. Ushaw College was in the main designed by a father and son named PUGIN. They were very famous architects in their day and designed many famous buildings in England. This photograph brings back many happy childhood memories.

  3. February 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm


    Hiya, are you sure about the architect as I was always under the impression that the buildings were designed by an architect named PUGIN. There were twi Pugins, father and son and I think they both designed diffent buildings at the College and one of them also the College Farm.

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