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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 ?

Durham at War – Mapping the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War

November 8, 2014 3 comments


Mapping the Story of County Durham and its people in the First World War.

This is a First World War centenary project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the archive, museum and archaeology services at Durham County Council.

Durham at War is an interactive mapping website that will tell the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War. Launched on 10 September 2014, exactly one hundred years after the first Durham Light Infantry soldiers arrived in France with the British Expeditionary Force, the website will be live until the end of 2018. It will help to commemorate the role of Durham people at a momentous period in the county’s history. We hope that the website will act like a giant virtual jigsaw, making the links between the archives, objects and sites that survive today, and helping to uncover new stories about local communities 100 years ago.

From November members of the public will be able to log in to the website worldwide to add their own contributions and pin them to the interactive map. Until then please send information for the website by email.

This website is not designed to duplicate, rather to complement, existing web-based resources. It will use the interactive map to make the links between the rich diversity of information that is already available or is being developed online, and add new details from institutional and private collections that have never been accessible in a digital format before.

Throughout the centenary period project staff will run a series of research modules, training sessions and events to help volunteers explore relevant heritage collections in depth and publish their discoveries on the website.


Durham at War – Mapping the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War.

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Deernes Cottages 1948 – 1954

May 7, 2014 14 comments

Hi my parents lived in Deerness Cottages between 1948 to 1954. My dad was a railway man . We lived in number 6 . Life must have been really hard as there was no electric or gas , no bathroom , toilet was a walk across the yard which was an earth toilet . They took turns in the wash house once a week to do Their laundry .

To get to these cottages was a 5-10 minute walk from the main road down a lane .

I hope this brings memories back .

My mother can still remember some of the neighbours . There was the Kitchings , the Parkinson’s , the Lawsons , Masons , the Pratts ,and the Grimes .

If I can think of anything else I’ll be in touch .

Best regards , Val Taylor.

Categories: family, Memories, railways

Gran, Granda, Dad (David Meek), Aunty Elisabeth – Trafalgar Square 1947 – Submitted by David Meek

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Gran Granda Dad (David Meek), Aunty ElisabethTrafalgar Square 1947 - Submitted by David Meek

Gran, Granda, Dad (David Meek), Aunty ElisabethTrafalgar Square 1947 – Submitted by David Meek

Gran, Granda, Dad (David Meek), Aunty ElisabethTrafalgar Square 1947 –  by David Meek

Passing of the Reverend Terence Towers

January 27, 2014 5 comments

Passing of the Reverend Terence Towers

Published in the The Northern Echo on 23 January 14

TOWERS On January 20, peacefully in hospital, of Langley Park, Reverend Terence, aged 80 years, (former vicar of St. Lukes, Ushaw Moor, 1967 – 1993). Dearly beloved husband of Brenda, father of Amanda and Anthony. Friends please meet for service in All Saints Parish Church, Lanch-ester, on Thursday, January 30, at 11.15am., interment to follow in Langley Park Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to The British Heart Foun-dation.

Trying to find a school friend, Patricia Stiles nee Baker – By Jill Rose

November 5, 2013 1 comment

Came across this post on the Community BLOG, hopefully someone may be able to help.

I am trying to find a school friend, Patricia Stiles nee Baker. I have located Sharon McCreesh, who is possibly her daughter, in your town but have no other way to find out if she is. Can you help in any way to verify that Sharon is her daughter? If she is would Sharon be willing to contact me. I’m using my maiden name so Patricia would know who she is talking about.

Thank you for any help you can give me and her schoolmates at Godolphin and Latymer in Hammersmith, London who would love to hear from her.

Jill Rose

John and Ann (nee Murray) Metcalfe

Posted on behalf of John Metcalfe.

Hello There

I wonder if any of your subscribers have any information about my parents John and Ann (nee Murray) Metcalfe. It’s their golden wedding later this month and I was hoping someone might have some memories that I could use.

Dad was born in 1942 and was the son o John and May Metcalfe who owned the bakers at the top of the hill. I know he played cricket and football for the local team and often helped my grandparents in the bakery. He has a sister Patricia.

Mam (also born in 1942) is from Bearpark (Victoria Street) her dad Jack worked in the colliery her sister is Margaret. Their mam died in 1966 and granddad remarried

Any help that you or readers can give would be much appreciated

I think your site is wonderful, wish there was many more like it