Archive for November 22, 2011

I Like To Please But I’m Not A Hotel

November 22, 2011 2 comments

So we have a new rating system for our postings on Ushaw Moor Facebook. [Stop press: see comment 1] The challenge is a little daunting: will spelling errors be crucified or the absence of semi-colons be treated with unbelievable scorn? Will ‘Grumpy Man’ be persecuted for the crime of irrelevance? I can feel myself working up a lather; my tonsils are twitching and my heart is banging like it was 1981.

Of course the answer to all of the above questions is no. Well, hopefully. We live in a perpetual state of hope. So chill and deliver. Never mind the punctuation, just sing like a sweetly tuned nightingale; let the heart rule the head and bring back those balmy days of bluebell woods, potato picking for cash and dancing at the hop in bright orange or yellow socks.

Is the bacon to your liking sir?


Categories: Memories

Ushaw Moor Historical Website – Religious History (Methodist)

November 22, 2011 3 comments


The Wesleyan Methodists at Ushaw Colliery are first recorded as holding their meetings in 1894. Two leaders of the movement from New Brancepeth, Robert Bottoms and Isaac Wood are remembered as helping with the first services which were held in the colliery house of Mrs Metcalfe. Later the mine owners, Pease & Partners, allowed them to use ‘the huts’ , a row of 12 wooden houses which had been used to accommodate the first workmen.

The last two of these miserable dwellings (they had earth floors and were dark and cold) had been united to form a single large room which later became the first miners institute. Two years later the Wesleyans were allowed the use of the colliery office which was situated in the centre of South Street. A request was made to the colliery owners for a site on which to build a permanent church. Pease & Partners presented them with land and bricks , a gift valued at £125.

The new church was erected, and opened on the 1st September 1900 by Mrs Philipson, the total cost being £360, a debt which was cleared by 1912. As further consolidation it was included in the Crook Wesleyan Methodist Circuit. A harmonium was loaned by one of the members until 1903 when a larger American organ was purchased. In 1920 a small pipe organ was installed and dedicated to the memory of the men who died in the first world war. Ralph Wilson held the position of organist for 37 years The Chapel On The Hill as it became known locally or Esh Road Methodist Church which was its official name, held its last service on the 28th July 1954, after which the membership transferred to the Durham Road chapel in Ushaw moor.

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via Ushaw Moor Historical Website – Religious History.

Ushaw Moor Historical Website – Jack Joyce

November 22, 2011 4 comments

Jack Joyce

Probably the most outstanding person working at Ushaw moor colliery was Jack Joyce. He was born at Spennymoor in 1892 and began work at the age of 13 in 1905 spending his whole working life at the same mine. In 1946 he was elected financial secretary of the Durham Miners Association. Being a forceful union official he represented the miners as checkweighman and compensation secretary.

From 1924 until 1945 he was a member of Lanchester and Durham Rural District Councils. Before his death in 1967 he had the pleasure of seeing his portrait painted on the last Ushaw Moor colliery banner in honour of his work for the Ushaw Moor community.

via Ushaw Moor Historical Website – Jack Joyce.

Ushaw Moor Historical Website – Ushaw Moor Carnival

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

This photograph was taken between the years 1928- 1933, when carnivals were held at Ushaw Moor. At these carnivals local people were in fancy dress and later in the day a King, Queen and Mayor were picked.

Ushaw Moor Carnvial

The people on the photo are as follows:

Top from left Town Cryer T. Conner; The King Jimmy Winn; The Queen Nick Tennick; The Mayor Jack Joyce. Bottom from left The Joker T. Foster; Little Girl Daughter of Jack Joyce.

For MORE Info on Ushaw Moor Carnival go to Ushaw Moor Juniors School History Page

via Ushaw Moor Historical Website – Ushaw Moor Carnival.