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Seven Words For Ushaw Moor’s People Of 1959 Vintage

That is to say broadly speaking! As follows:








I imagine that some of you will not agree with all of them.



Categories: Memories
  1. January 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Sensible and also responsible brings to mind that i was down in the woods and open grassed areas with other kids carrying air rifles and some with air pistols and also some of the older kids had more powerful guns. Never recall an incident where anyone fired at anyone else. We all adhered to strict gun handling rules and mostly we only shot at targets. One of our favourite targets was a bullet from the bigger guns wedged in the fork of a tree mainly because it was great to hear the bang when you hit it. Again, safety was in place as the tree we used was facing the beck and the slope on the other side was wide open space so it was easy to see there was no body behind. We would shoot a rat or mouse if we had the chance and some of the older guys would take a rabbit with the bigger guns but we never went out to shoot the wild birds. I did hear a story that someone once loaded a pellet into an air rifle and then snapped the barrel back up to load it but also had pressure on the trigger and hit another kid on the heel of his shoe. No names were mentioned so it might have been a story ongoing to remind us of that safety issue. I was only 8 or 9 and as far as i recall it was ok to be doing this as long as your parents had given their permission.
    Do you think we could trust the kids of today with the same sensibility and responsibility.

  2. Percy Clarke
    January 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Happy New Year Wilf but I do hope you are not confusing our village with another not so far over the water. The vast majority of the inhabitants of Ushaw Moor at this time were undoubtedly hardworking, intelligent, pragmatic individuals but not without a wisp of sophistication. I am sure that even you yourself will have benefited in some small way thanks to your adoptive period within our community.

  3. wilfb
    January 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Percy Clarke esq. has provided me with the biggest chuckle this year. Happy New Year Percy.

  4. January 6, 2013 at 3:51 am

    In social terms, sophistication can be seen as “a form of snobbery”.

    A study of style conveys an idea of the range of possible elements though which one can demonstrate sophistication in elegance and fashion, covering the art of ” the shoemaker, the hairdresser, the cosmetologist, the cookbook writers, the chef, the diamond merchant, the couturieres, and the fashion queens, the inventors of the folding umbrella … and of champagne.

    I am guessing wilfb was referring to the first line here.

  5. Percy Clarke
    January 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Wilf- glad you had a good chuckle, must admit I found it really funny to read myself Hope no one takes our tribal banter seriously. Kind regards Peter Clarke

  6. January 7, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I have to have a chuckle also because we are supposed to be referring to the 1959 era but reading between the lines here i get a feeling it is switching to modern day. But what was the 1959 era to you guys as far as age bracket.? I was 9 in 1959 so i suppose at that age i never had much of an interest or understanding of most those big words mentioned in this topic. But thinking back, and coming forward to the year 1961 and at the age of eleven i was attending Ushaw Moor Secondry Modern school as this was when i sat my 11 plus exams. I was living at Broompark and i gather that must have been the pits of the whole area to live in. But i recall i always walked through Ushaw from that school cutting through the shortest distance to get to the edge of the Broompark end to the bus stop. Often i was with Ushaw Moor kids and sometimes stopped for a while at their place to play a game or just look at toys etc. On more than one occasion when their parents found out i was from Broompark they were not allowed to play with me and i was not invited at their place. But other parents found me to be a good kid with manners.
    So i guess there was different levels of character wherever you lived. I will admitt, there was nothing at Broompark except a pile of old pit houses and everyone still had to use a little crap house in the corner of their yard. Only 2 houses in Albert street at the eastern end had an upstairs bathroom with running hot water and a flushing toilet and we had one of them but not before having to live in Grant st which was really bad as you had to cross the street to use the toilet. My Grandfather was a well to do man and not short of money and well known everywhere- Ushaw Moor – Esh Winning and all the surrounding areas. He got us into Broompark from Birtley. I was born in Gateshead. His name was Albert Turner and he originally lived in a caravan on Relly farm near relly Bridge.

  7. Olga Bradley nee Jones.
    January 7, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I was 8 in 1959 and one of my memories is: being in the yard at Ushaw moor Junior school. There must have been some sort of celebration on cos I can remember some kids were dressed up. The one that sticks in my mind was a boy called Walter Waugh and he was dressed in the most magnificent costume I had ever seen, The pearly king. Everyone was making a big fuss of him, I remember going closer to have a look at all those little pearly buttons that must have took hours to sew on. I wonder if Walter is still around.

    • john mawston
      January 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      I was in the same class as Walter Waugh, when he was ten he lived in number 50 temprance terres and thats were my grand pearants lived with there family,i have a photoe of them taken in the back yard it must have been about 1920/4 looking at the age of my mam at the time,getting back to Walter he lives in Ollerton Nottingham just a few miles away from were i live, don’t see much of him now but used to work at the same pit as i did, i can also remember John Wigham , john ( currly ) Patterson, Valre Dodds, Margret Vasie,Christine Penny, Keith Moor, Jimmy Richardson, Christine and Jimmy came from new Bransthpath,
      must visit Ushaw moor again as i still have family there ,unfortunately i have not been in good health but hope to get up there with my wife and grand children lots of years ago but still call it home. John M.

      • Olga Bradley nee Jones.
        January 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

        Hiya John, I remember some of those names you mentioned. John (curly ) Pattinson died quite a few years ago. I used to hang around with him sometimes at school ,with Rosalind Hurst and her sister Linda. I remember Margaret Vasie as well, I think she was a couple of years older than me. I’m sure Ive seen her around Durham lately..I remember Kieth Moore as well cos he lived along at the end of our street in Maple Park. We lived in Ash avenue and Rosalind Hurst and Curly lived in Fir park.

  8. January 8, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Interesting Olga because i first attended St Josephs and did my first holy communion there and was then selected to be an alter boy. trouble was that living in Broompark the bus to Ushaw was sometimes late and i was often late getting to church and when i was the priest spanked me for it so i worked on my dad who was an atheist (Mum was the catholic) to get me out of there and get me to the other school which from memory was somewhere to the western side from of the main st. I recall once we were asked to do a fancy dress day and we all had to dress up as whatever we wanted. i dressed up as a swordsman -?? Maybe Zorro or someone like that. I made a wooden sword but it was taken off me as i clunked another kid with it LOL. we called that school – the protestant school and i am thinking it was the same school as you refer to as junior school.
    I recall there was the big area of playground on one side and on the other side (near the toilet block) there was an under cover area to play in if it was raining. We played a popular game in the under cover area called – pussy in the corner. This was where 4 people took a corner and one person stood in the middle and the idea was that those in the corners indicated to each other that they were going to swap corners by saying – puss puss puss and trying to run into each others corner and the person in the middle had to try to beat someone into a corner then that person became the person in the middle.
    Marbles and conkers were the most popular games with the boys but some girls also played the boys games. One thing that really sticks in my mind is when we went out for the morning play we all got a small bottle of milk and one day the milk had little white worms in it and when one kid yelled out that there was worms in the milk some of us had already drank half or all of it and kids were throwing up. When we told a teacher they said it was ok and it wont harm us.

  9. January 8, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Just had a memory jolt Olga and i think the event was a pantomime which kids had been practicing for some time with teachers and we all had to dress up in costume for the event which was held in the assembly room and we all sat on the floor in rows to watch the show.

  10. Olga Bradley nee Jones.
    January 8, 2013 at 8:03 am

    That was the school Ron. I passed there yesterday and it has been knocked down and there are already about a dozen houses built on the land. You must have been at that school about the same time as me from 1956 till 1961. I remember those little bottles of milk , they used to freeze in the winter and the milk wouldn’t come out of the bottles. I remember playing in the sheltered area and also round in the back playground where there were some steps leading down to the boiler room, the smell of the coke too. I remember singing round the piano in the hall . I thought all these memories had been forgotten but they start coming back when other people start to recall theirs.

  11. January 8, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Sounds like we were there at the same time except i only attended for about a year and a half after leaving St Josephs and then i had to go to the secondry school where i did my 11 +.
    Did you also go there ?

  12. Olga Bradley nee Jones.
    January 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Yes, It was called Ushaw moor secondary modern school then. I also had 3 brothers and three sisters. My brothers John and Bill Jones were a year or 2 older than me so you might know them. My sister Jaqueline will be 66. One of my younger sisters is married to a Broompark lad called Jim Campbell. Jims dad used to be manager in the shop on the front street there, Think it was called Walter wilsons. Our Joy and Jim lived in the flat above the shop when they first got married. They are still married and have 2 daughters.

  13. January 9, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I am enjoying the memory jolts with the family names being mentioned as i then somehow remember. Also remember having dancing at school and we did those old dances like the Barn Dance where we were always changing partners. If you recall that we would most likely have danced with each other LOL.
    As soon as you mentioned Walter Wilsons i immediately remember my mother on many occasions giving me a shopping list and saying – go up to walter Wilkins.I have a feeling that shop was on the East side of the Loves hotel and the fish and chip shop was on the west side with the post office.

  14. Olga Bradley nee Jones.
    January 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Yes, you are right about that location Ron. I have just seen your sisters picture on here and I seem to remember the name Shirley Nightingale, Would she have been at school the same time as me?
    So are you still in Australia?

  15. January 10, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Shirley is 4 years younger than me and might have gone to that school but cannot remember if she was at St Josephs. I am thinking she did go there so she was with me to travel with but i think i left for secondry the year she started. If your a year younger than me you would have been there another year with her. She had a friend called Annie Agar. Annie had a brother called Colin who i often played with. Their mam and dad were both completely blind from birth but married and had both kids with perfectly healthy eyesight.

  16. Olga Bradley nee Jones.
    January 10, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Yes I remember Anne Agar and Colin. Colin is still around locally I think.
    I spoke to John Grimes last night and he remembers you well and sends his regards.

    • Ron Nightingale
      January 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Great to connect with those that are fortunate to be still alive. Lost a lot in my time esp Vietnam.
      I am HALF way there but i never ever give up. Thanks to Ushaw memories i may be able to connect and share experiences from a past. Give John my regards also.
      Will visit the deernes in the future.

  17. wilfb
    January 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Ron Nightingale is ‘on fire’. What a breath of fresh air. He really is helping out our old beloved stalwards. Happy New Year to all of you.

  18. Chris
    January 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I love reading these ‘chronicles’ great reading.. keep it up… Anyone remember the Bowery’s from Ushaw Moor?

  19. Percy Clarke
    January 12, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I knew Bowery’s lived at 3 Whitehouse Court .ABR has John Jimmy Doris and Ronnie living there. Alf obviously knows them quite well.

  20. January 12, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Olga Bradley nee Jones. :

    I was 8 in 1959 and one of my memories is: being in the yard at Ushaw moor Junior school. There must have been some sort of celebration on cos I can remember some kids were dressed up. The one that sticks in my mind was a boy called Walter Waugh and he
    was dressed in the most magnificent costume I had ever seen, The pearly king. Everyone was making a big fuss of him, I remember going closer to have a look at all those little pearly buttons that must have took hours to sew on. I wonder if Walter is still around.

    After checking other posts here this occasion of fancy dress may have been a traditional event. Check this out. ~


  21. January 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Hi Percy,Mrs Bowery was my Dad’s sister.Doris lives at Old Esh,her daughter has the pub in Cornsay. Jimmy emigrated to Australia,John’s son,John is on Facebook he worked for the fire Brigade and Ronnie moved somewhere in the midlands (I think).There was a photo of old Jimmy Bowery standing with my grandfather John Rothwell standing outside their pigeon cree. I think it is now in Beamish Museum. ATB,Alf

  22. John Bowery
    January 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Aye, ah have fond memories of 3 Whitehouse Court, my Granda James and Grandma Doris lived there. Their family were James, my dad John, Doris and Ronnie. Sadly James and my Dad are no longer with us, but Doris, who lives up Esh, and Ronnie, living down Hanley / Biddulph way are still firing away. My Dad often mentioned another brother Robbie, who was die at an early age. Doris will be 80 this year, so this sounds like another Bowery gathering…hic! ;).
    Granda was a big bloke..not the tallest but by god he was broad….big shoulders..always filled his chair be the fire. He, like many others those days used to grow leeks in the back garden, he was a canny hand at it as well. On Sundays he would eat his lunch the old way, a plate sized Yorkshire pudding, with rich gravy in the middle, that scranned he’d then have the veg. Doris would be straight in the pantry when we went up and soon be dishin’ the sweets out, she was always a cheerie soul.
    Now even though me Granda was an Ushaw Moor bloke, he never had an affinity with the top club, he was more of Boyne club man, and I seem to recollect this might have been to do with him having something to do with the snooker tournaments that were held there. At home, in his later years he would be seen standing out his front leaning on the brick wall watching’ the world go by, often though he would be sitting on the seat on Whitehouse Lane with a few of his pals…chewin the fat and discussing the topic of the day.
    Ah recall when he died…it was very sudden. We lived up Skippers Meadows then, I think it was a Saturday morning, and I was aware that me Dad got some news that his dad was taken ill, and he hurriedly left the house. Unfortunately, despite me Dad’s best efforts, Granda had passed away afore he got there. The family arrived and I went up as well to see my granddad for the last time. The Doctor had told me Dad that if he had been asked to guess anyone in the village who would be gone within a day, me granddad would have not entered his mind, he seemed to be so fit for his years.
    The day of the funeral had an extra poignant edge to it. Elder Son James, who was living in Sydney, Australia at the time, made a huge effort to be there, but was to miss the funeral only by a few hours. I recall the four siblings together again, united in grief going into a family huddle in the kitchen. There was a struggle to lift James, bringing him out of the house to the hearse, the effort etched on the faces of the pallbearers. One was a Fire Service colleague of mine at that time…like I said earlier..He was a big bloke.
    Next door along were the Knox’s. Robert was around may age, a huge lad himself and last I knew of him he was driving taxis. Arthur was older but he died some years ago. Next door up, on the corner were Robinsons, I recall Linda and I think there was an older brother and younger sister.
    Regards and best wishes to Ushaw Moor folk who may read this.

    John Bowery

  23. Olga Bradley nee Jones.
    January 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Hello John, I remember a Bowery who emigrated to Australia in the 60s . My brother John used to hang around with their son called Jimmy. He would be about 63- 64 now . I also hung around with Doreen Bowery at school, I know you’re related but not sure if you’re cousins or her Brother. My memory is not 100% on some things lol. I know Doreen is still at Ushaw moor cos she’s on my facebook friend list.

  24. John Bowery
    January 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    HI Olga, Doreen is my sister and has now moved to Belmont, up near me, I live in Gilesgate.Our Jeff (about 55 now) is still in Hunter Ave, and our Joan, the oldest lives in Sacriston.When Jimmy and Ruby went to Aus,( ah think they were called 10 bob poms in those days) their family was, Peter (about my age..60) Jimmy and an older sister called Pat. As far as ah nah Jimmy never married..always lived on hos own,That was around 1960 when they emigrated, Jimmy came back for a visit many times, my dad went ower there only the once.I have a few tales to tell about my youth.so watch this space

  25. ron nightingale
    January 19, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Hi John good to read your posts. we emigrated in 1962. We were referred to as 10 Pound poms – you just devalued me by 9 1/2 quid LOL.
    up until 1960 all ships were keeping records of their passengers and crew but then it was not compulsory and most didnt. This has made it harder for anyone to track family history as far as when they sailed and arrived. i have just left a comment on this site- (scroll to the bottom).~~


  26. January 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Hi John,I like your posts, looking forward to more of them. Cheers, Alf R

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