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Seven Assorted Piggs

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Back in 1891 Robert Pigg [a coke drawer] and his wife Sarah lived at 31 North Terrace Waterhouses;  together with them were their children: John Charles b1886, Sarah Elizabeth b 1888 and Robert b1890. School master John Potts lived next door to them.

By 1901 they had moved to 1 Arthur Street, in the same village, and had two additional children: Walter and Joseph.

This just might be the Pigg family mentioned in the recent interesting  postings on this site.


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Mr and Mrs Kale

April 11, 2011 11 comments

Submitted on behalf of Peter Ham

G’day from Eldorado in Victoria Australia.

My sister and I were sent to stay in Esh Winning during the war. I was 7 or 8, and Betty 2 years older. I stayed with Mr and Mrs Kale, and Betty with relations of our stepfather, John Pigg, also in the village. The Kales had Arthur and Eileen. They were all very kind. Mr Kale was a miner. He took me to the pit one Sunday morning, but I remember I chickened out and ran away. But since then I became a very keen caver. He also kept pigeons. The parents would be long passed away but perhaps Arthur or Eileen might still live there-abouts. I went to the local primary school, where the kids gave me a very hard time, because I didn’t speak proper!

We came from Bath. I wonder if anyone would make a few enquiries to see if these good people are still there. I would be very grateful, but please don’t go to any great trouble. I know I am pulling a very long straw.

Kind regards
Peter Ham


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A Timely Dance Across The Universe

April 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Time  is important to me right now;  there is this  acute awareness that it is finite, creeping and precious. I have this to do, and that to do, and if I am not careful I will begin to express myself like a  professional footballer playing in a cup-tie and behaving like a headless chicken.

Time can be interesting as well as a concern. Why is it that 1968 seems much more recent than the Spring of 1973? As for  Ushaw Moor, version 1954 -1960, it seems like another planet all together; 1956 was all about that school building in Temperance Terrace, Jackie Milburn and Len Shackleton; then there were my lovely family members: Ethel Hope, Doreen Hope, Tommy Carse, Arthur Hodgson and  others too many to mention. There were no mobile phones in sight; fewer unruly youngsters; Marks and Spencer stores were the size of a shop rather than now, in my area, a village.There were less stressful kids in supermarkets; more cigarettes to harm or kill; for adults there was a moral imperative to be sin free and married. More dirt less sin; smoke and steam from locomotives; fewer 90 year olds……

A useful tool for tripping the universe is  – British Newspapers 1800 – 1900,

http: //

might get you there  [breaking news it does not] via red dwarfs and black holes, but if not just google and experiment – you will find it. It costs a penny short of seven pounds  for a 24 hour pass  and that gives access to one hundred articles – several of which involve New Brancepeth and Ushaw Moor via its search box.


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Soccer Gleghorn’s Plans Are Well Advanced

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

There is much to look forward to despite last year’s problems;  Soccer describes them as ‘a damp squib’ and is determined to get them sorted. He has been busy behind the scenes recruiting players that he thinks are good enough to wear the strip of Ushaw Moor FC.

He has help from the trusted Shaun Avery and Alan Dawson; their trips on wind swept days and snow driven week-ends to spot likely talent are much appreciated by the great man and optimism reigns. Soccer is holding his cards to his chest but did say that informal agreements have been made with four very talented amateurs and there are more signings in the pipeline.

The level of admission charges is problematic: to charge too much will put off the Ushaw Moor public, but too little will put them at a disadvantage with Esh Winning. Soccer remembers the old days with great affection, 1/6 for adults and 6d for kids and OAP’s. So what level will  he plump for?

He is determined not to make HMRC suffer by stuffing money in footballer’s boots – an alleged practice in the very dim past at one or two clubs!  To paraphrase Soccer – honesty and integrity will be the way for us at this club. I wish him well.


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