Archive for December, 2015

2015 in review

December 30, 2015 1 comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Categories: Memories

Too Many Ayres For Wheatley Hill

December 23, 2015 2 comments

Back in May 1939 the New Brancepeth Junior Cricket Team were too good for Wheatley Hill Juniors. In particular a clutch of Ayre players upstaged the opposition.

W Ayre took four wickets for only eighteen runs to help dismiss  Wheatley Hill for 51 runs. His bowling partner, Mawston, chipped in with four wickets at a cost of thirty one runs.

Then it was the turn of one  Ayre after another to pop up and assist the home team to victory:

R Hume 7

T Buxton 9

W Ayre 3

E Eddon 0

G Ayre 13

A Marchant 7

J Ayre 1

R Ayre not out 10

extras 5

Total 55

The local paper gave it as 57 for 7 wickets which does not quite add up!




Categories: Memories

St Joseph’s Church 1931

December 17, 2015 Leave a comment

In 1931 a local paper reported that the Right Reverend Dr. Joseph

Thomas opened and blessed the  new RC church which had been built at

Ushaw Moor.

There was a large gathering of clergy from all parts of the North East,

numbering about 150. The Right Reverend Dr. E Towers of Ushaw College

made a vigorous attack on certain newspapers, the Kinema and


He said that Catholics are wrong to deliberately listen on the wireless to

some of the outpourings of well known unbelievers on matters of religion.

He remarked that believers are bound to safeguard the Catholic faith and

its morality.





Categories: Memories

Does Isaac Wallage Ring A Bell?

December 17, 2015 2 comments

He was born around 1855 in Wattle, Norfolk. A local paper, published in 1939, informs us that he never attended school and  started his first job as a farm labourer.

At the age of nineteen he moved to New Brancepeth and spent the next fifty years working at New Brancepeth Coke Works. He lived in Station Road Ushaw Moor for quite some time.

The 1911 census confirms that his wife was called Margaret and she was born in Crook. His daughter, Rachael Annie Wallage, was an apprentice hairdresser and fourteen years old at that time.

His son Edward joined the Gordon Highlanders on 28/02/1917 at the age of eighteen.

Further  children mentioned in the 1911 census were: namesake Isaac [aged 10], Oliver [7] Lily [7] and Grace [4].


Categories: Memories

Ushaw Moor v Brandon 1927

December 16, 2015 2 comments

Back in early August 1927 there was an incident between these two sides during their Bank Holiday cricket match.

The game was stopped with Ushaw Moor on 39 for 9 when chasing Brandon’s total of 41 runs.

A dispute took place regarding an alleged Ushaw Moor boundary score. Spectators rushed onto the field. Brandon, it was stated, refused to continue the game.

My, I cannot help noticing that both sets of bowlers were on top!

The points were awarded to Ushaw Moor.

I have sort of experienced that type of dispute. Back in 1969, having put 66 runs on with my colleague and clinched victory for top of the table South Moor second eleven [194 for 5], against Greenside, our opponents then spent something like five minutes on the field disputing the scoreboard before  conceding. It was not at all as dramatic as the Ushaw Moor incident but I still remember the tension involved!


Categories: Memories

The Lively Jacksons

December 16, 2015 3 comments

On 15/08/1932 The Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail reported that Mr and Mrs John Jackson of the Aged Miners’ Homes at Ushaw Moor have 83 descendants living. The total is made up of 5 daughters, 5 sons, 40 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.


Categories: Memories

Deptford’s Message To Ushaw Moor On 22/12/1928

December 15, 2015 Leave a comment

As reported in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail.

The Mayor of Deptford, London, has addressed the following letter to Ushaw Moor, the distressed colliery village which has been ”adopted” by the London Borough.

Dear Folk of Ushaw Moor,

Heartiest Christmas greetings from the people of Deptford. We hope you may all spend a very enjoyable Christmastide, and trust that the New Year may bring you greater prosperity than has been experienced in the past.

We hope that a brighter day may soon dawn – for you all.

With kindest regards and all good wishes to you.

F W D Ross

Mayor of Deptford




Categories: Memories

West Terrace – Esh Winning Cine-Videos

December 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Came across these Cine-Vids the other day, not quite Ushaw Moor but still Deerness Valley – Anyone fill in the gaps ?