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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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From Ushaw With Love, Life After Coal – YouTube

November 6, 2014 4 comments

Published on 9 Oct 2014

A short film made over the summer in the North East of England. A beautiful place full of beautiful people. This is a small collection of memories. At its heart the film really wants people to engage with society and become more involved in there own communities.  Above all it is a very human project. “Neil Woodward”

Durham local history Courses – Brandon and Ushaw Moor

A NEW programme of local history courses begins next week (Monday, May 12).

Dr Dorothy Hamilton will again lead a number of courses based at Shakespeare Hall, North Road, Durham.

One will focus on the history of Brandon and Ushaw Moor and will be held on Monday afternoons from May 12.

Later in the term, there will be courses on the Prince Bishops, Bede and Lanchester. The last of these will be held at Lanchester Community Centre.

Fees range from £10 to £60, with concessions available for those receiving means-tested benefits. For more information, call 0191-373-9252.

via Durham local history Courses – Brandon and Ushaw Moor.

Durham related Videos – British Pathé on YouTube

April 22, 2014 5 comments

Thought these VIDEOS may be of  interest after the POSTING of  TV Traffic Control in Durham.

A list of videos relating to Durham via British Pathé on YOUTUBE.

FOLLOW the LINK to view them on YouTube  >>>>> HERE <<<<

Ushaw Moor Working Mens Club – Committee Members

March 20, 2014 8 comments
Ushaw Moor WM Club Committee members

Ushaw Moor WM Club Committee members

Submitted on behalf of Margaret Thompson

Thought this photograph of Ushaw Moor WM Club Committee members may raise a few memories. Front Row Left – ? Atkinson, Jimmy Gillon, Eb Shuker, Walter Elliott, Back Row Right – ? , My dad Alan Brown, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? Gibb.


Comments from Ushaw Moor Facebook GROUP


Categories: history, Memories, photos

Anderson’s Grocery shop around 1935, Station Road

March 20, 2014 1 comment
Andersons Grocery shop 1935

Andersons Grocery shop 1935

Submitted on behalf of Margaret Thomspon :

Anderson’s Grocery shop around 1935 in Station Road. My mother Margaret and her sister Nancy standing at the entrance. The shop was situated next door to Arthur Lough’s shoe shop. It was later passed on to my Aunt Rosie Smith and then to Mabel Luke and her husband Norman Lee. Mabel’s mother and father owned Luke’s fish and chip shop below the grocery shop.


Comments from Facebook Memories GROUP

  • Paul Clough Another great shot. Not seen this one before
  • Margaret Thompson I do not think there is another photo of this shop around this time, it has only ever been mentioned as a memory by Peter Howarth before.
  • Audrey Tidbury Cooper Staniland Lovely photo!. I guess my mother (nee Gladys Jolly} would have shopped there. She lived in Station House with her parents and i was born in 1935.

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.

Your Favourite Christmas Memories

December 10, 2013 3 comments

pressies_bWhat were your favourite Christmas memory of your life growing up in Ushaw Moor and Deerness Valley ?

Share your Christmas Memories with us here.

How has your Christmas changed ?


Some Christmas Quotes :


  • Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge
  • Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
    Charles Dickens
  • Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Look back at some old entries on the BLOG with the Christmas theme


Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year Paul Clough

Local Colliery Band

March 28, 2013 2 comments

Hi does anyone know if Ushaw Moor had a Colliery Band ?,  of course Bearpark and Esh Colliery band is well known and still going today.

Had an email from Gavin Holman


Dear Sir/Madam,

Did your village, town or community once have its own brass or silver band?

I am carrying out research in the history of brass bands in local communities, and would like to ask if you know of any information about any such extinct bands in your area.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries were the “golden age” for these bands numbering, it is said, up to 40,000 distinct bands at their peak. Many of these bands were associated with local industries, often being a “works” band. Others provided a musical focus for many small towns and villages in the days before the gramophone and the wireless. Today, in contrast, only some 1,500 or so are left active in the UK.

Sadly many of the bands left little in the way of information about their existence, and what does exist is widely scattered with individuals, local archives and national collections.

Part of my research is to identify these lost bands, to collect together material to provide a central database of information – containing a mixture of primary information as well as references to material held elsewhere (e.g. in local archives).

Any information you can provide would be gratefully received. Whether actual information or pictures of any bands, or pointers to resources, or sources for further investigation. Even knowing that a particular band existed is significant!

Currently much of the information I have collected is available online, as a freely available resource, at  – in various locations, for example, in the Reference section under “Extinct Bands” or “Vintage Pictures”.

With best wishes for your continuing research in local history,


Gavin Holman
The Internet Bandsman’s Everything Within