Archive for October, 2011

Ladysmith Terrace 1970

October 31, 2011 9 comments

My neighbours in Ladysmith Terrace early 70’s

Ladysmith Terrace				1970's

No		Adults				Children

Vicarage	Terry & Brenda Towers		Amanda and Anthony
32		Tommy Bewick
31		Anne & Jack Hopper
30		Jill & George Rose		Mellisa, Wendy
29		Ken & Margaret Clough		Paul & Lisa
28		Barry & Val Thomas		Julie
27		Miss Morley
26		Mrs Stoddart
25		Tommy & Ruby Stoddart
24		Ann & Billy Close
23		Lorna & Ralph Pattinson
22		Johhny & Brenda Mcquillan	Tommy,Katherine, Pat & Shaun
21		Billy Lowery

1-20 Was Demolished, I think sometime after the war.

Does anyone remember exactly when the lower part of the street was demolished and why ? I always thought it was due to subsidence.


James Ward – White House Lane

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Posted on behalf of Kaye Rogers

I am looking for any information about my Uncle James Ward maybe Shanks born 1928 at 25 White House Lane Ushaw Moor. Does any one know who lived at that address in 1928.?

I have enjoyed reading the memories of the hard but happy life.

I live in Canada and am trying to trace my family from afar. Any help would be appreciated.

Ushaw Moor Jazzband – YouTube

October 30, 2011 1 comment

A video clip of Ushaw Moor Jazzband….

Details Unknown

Ushaw Moor Jazzband – YouTube.

Categories: media, Memories, music

Right up your street

October 27, 2011 18 comments

A couple of articles have been posted on the memories blog giving details of of a particular street and who occupied the houses in that street. It occurred to me that this may be of use to people doing their family research etc.

So please have a think back to your past and jot down who you remember in your street in Ushaw Moor.

You can add it to the facebook page, but even better would be to add it here on the BLOG. If you are not registered simply email me at requesting to join.

Thanks and I look forward to reading your submissions.

Paul 🙂

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Writing About Your Life Can Debilitate

October 24, 2011 2 comments

Do not get me wrong: this post is not aimed at the casual contributor that occasionally wishes to write a few words about their beloved Deerness Valley; it refers to the likes of me, the one-time persistent contributor that spent far more time that is healthy on pontificating, or illuminating, for the doubtful benefit of Ushaw Moor readers. All this dwelling on the past does threaten personal enterprise and ambition. Yes really!  I have written words on this site that amount to the size of an average book; just think what I could have done with the time I spent doing that.

Although I have enjoyed contributing to the site and hope that some people have found my efforts interesting, it has come with problems. Recounting those tears that spilled outside a dance hall on a wet Workington night can bring sadness. Recounting my mother’s life was, on reflection,  a little upsetting. Such incidents can result in too much dwelling on what has gone and it might even lead to a harsh self assessment of one’s past.

Turning to the present, I recently read a very interesting article by the Independent newspaper journalist Christina Patterson entitled ”Lessons in living from a man on the bring of death’. She writes about  Philip Gould who is suffering from terminal cancer and informs us that he told Andrew Marr that he considers himself to be ”in a death zone”. As I understand it he views the zone as being an intense, powerful and positive experience.

I  have mentioned the ‘thrill of mortality’ before; it results from the acute awareness that our time is rationed and life is to be lived to the utmost. I can understand that such a feeling, when in time of mortal danger, would intensify if the mind and body allows it.

The conclusion I come to is that snippets, photographs and the occasional long article are fine. Please try and ensure that Paul’s site is enriched by them; however I feel that you should not dwell too much on the past if the cost is too high in terms of lost joys and opportunities in the present.


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Words don’t come easy !

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Gone very quiet on the Memories BLOG recently. I know it can be hard to put your memories to words, but no matter how small let us know about them, it is surprising to what they can develop into.

So come and tell us about your life in Ushaw and Deerness Valley,, what was your childhood like, what was your job, do you have any strange or weird stories of your life growing up in Ushaw Moor.

You can post them on Facebook wall

or you email them to

To add them to the BLOG you need to register simply follow this link asking to join

Thanks and I look forward to seeing your memories.


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