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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