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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 ?

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More Memories & family background – Jean Quigg

June 7, 2015 1 comment

Hi, more memories & some family background.

My parents Bill & Ada Webster née Booy (her father was a Dutchman) was married in 1918 at St Luke’s Church by vicar Gerald Wreford Brown my father would have either still been in the army or just demobbed.

At that time my mother was living at 341 Railway St Broompark and my farther at 7 South View Ushaw Moor. My farther became a miner and always worked down the pit with his younger brother my uncle David, both played in the Salvation Army band life was good, but tragedy happened when my father saw his brother killed while working the same seam down the pit, he was only 21yrs my father was so effected by this he never worked again for a number of years.

My mother would say my uncle David had one of the biggest funerals in Ushaw Moor at that time, around 1920 1921 This also effected my eldest brother when he had to find a job, the pit was not for him so he left home to go into service as a Hall Boy to the gentry, he eventually became a typical English butler and was also a survivor of Dunkirk but sadly died too young of cancer at 50yrs. His wife came to our home in Temperance Tce to give birth to their daughter, and nurse Pastfield (is there anyone who remembers her) was the local midwife at the time delivered the baby. She also lived near us in Temp,Tce

Next time the war years xxxxxx

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 Executions: Revenge on A Blackleg 1883 – Thomas Pyle – Plate-Layer from Ushaw Moor

April 11, 2014 3 comments

On the evening of Saturday 1 April 1882 Thomas Pyle, a plate-layer from Ushaw Moor, had gone drinking in Durham. He was in such a state of intoxication that he was helped by two young men to walk up Prior’s Path. Pyle then lay down at the hedge side and fell asleep. He was seen by quite a few people, as they made their way home, still lying in the same spot at midnight. The following morning Pyle’s dead body was discovered at a distance of some thirty yards from where he had been seen sleeping. A post-mortem of the body being carried out at the Durham Infirmary by Dr Jepson and Dr Oliver established that Pyle had been murdered. His left arm was fractured, there was a hole in his wind-pipe and his throat had been crushed almost to a pulp – by a beating.

Although the police conducted many interviews and pieced together the dead man’s last movements it was to be more than twelve months before there was an arrest, even though a reward of £200 was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Pyle’s murderer. Peter McDonnell was born in Halifax in 1851 and he and his sister, Mary, when both young, were brought to Durham with their parents. After their father’s death their mother married John Bray and the two McDonnell children adopted his surname. Young Peter Bray was always in trouble and was a general nuisance to his neighbours. He was sent to work in a carpet factory but decided he wanted employment in the pits. In 1866, at the age of fifteen, Bray began his criminal career, an assault for which he was imprisoned for seven days.

Then in March 1873 he began a sentence of six months for cutting and wounding.
In 1874 Crossgate Peth (Path) leading from the city of Durham to Brandon and other pit villages, became a black spot for robberies on dark nights, often carried out with brutal violence. Eventually the police managed to arrest five of the perpetrators who were given long sentences of penal servitude and suffered the lash for their crimes. Two others, James Glancey and Bray, managed to escape. Glancey was arrested soon after for another crime and received a life sentence. With the assistance of the police at Newcastle, Bray was eventually arrested at the Castle Garth in 1875. He was sentenced to be incarcerated for seven years — and to be flogged.

Bray was released in the early part of 1881 and went to live at Bearpark and enlisted in the Durham Militia. While undergoing his army training at Hartlepool he received a sentence of seven days, to be spent in Durham gaol, for drunkenness. As Bray left the prison on completion of his sentence, on 6 July 1883, the police were already waiting and arrested him on suspicion of the murder of Thomas Pyle. Bray stood before Justice Day on Friday 2 November 1883 at Durham Assizes, defended by Mr Grainger in what was to be a trial lasting more than ten hours. Although it appeared that there were many people who had known that Bray had done the deed they had all kept silent, some, it was said, through fear of repercussions. There was also the fact that during a miners’ strike the people who were detested almost as much as those that had the authority over the mine workers were the scabs or blacklegs who did not give total backing to their work colleagues, so perhaps many thought that Pyle had got what he deserved. Once the police had made extensive enquiries and unravelled the events of that night they summoned many of the witnesses to testify in court.

On the day that the murder had taken place Bray had been drinking with his companions at various public houses. Bray and David Liddell had left Durham at about 11 pm to return to Bearpark which was about three miles away. As they walked up Prior’s Peth they saw Pyle lying on the grass in a drunken sleep. It was well known that Pyle worked as a blackleg at Ushaw Moor Colliery where there was a strike taking place at that time. As Bray and Liddell walked on they bumped into a group of their acquaintances and one asked if they had seen Pyle as they passed. Bray said they had and they should go back and ‘kill the bastard’. When the group of men realised that his threat was serious they urged him to leave Pyle alone but he would not be swayed. Bray broke a rail from the fence before jumping over it and headed towards the defenceless man. It was a dark night and, although the men standing on the path could not see what was taking place, they heard a cry. Realising that Bray had done something to Pyle, the group hurriedly dispersed.

Bray had then gone to his lodgings telling his landlord ‘I have put a blackleg through that night.’ A few weeks later he had a conversation with an acquaintance in Durham market place, saying, ‘when I first struck Pyle he had shouted but I soon put a stop to that’. The two men who had originally helped Pyle on Prior’s Peth testified that he had a parcel with him. The parcel was not there when the body was found. Other witnesses stated that Bray was later in possession of a jacket and shirt that did not belong to him and he was also bragging about having money in his pocket. Bray insisted that he was innocent and that the whole affair was a conspiracy with the witnesses committing perjury. He pointed out that there were many of the mining com-munity who would have been hostile towards Pyle because of his actions.

The jury brought in a verdict of guilty and the death sentence was pronounced with Justice Day adding to his summing up that Bray should not look for a reprieve as one would not be granted. It was reported that, after a life of crime, twenty-seven-year-old Peter Bray confessed his sins, admitted his guilt and went to his death penitent. Precautions had been taken to avoid a repeat of the occurrences that had taken place at the previous execution. Once the white hood was in place Bartholomew Binns placed the knot of the noose at the back of the head instead of to the right and the slack of the rope was tied with a thin thread.

Bray went to his death on Monday 19 November 1883 with hardly a quiver from the rope.

Durham Executions: The Twentieth Century – Maureen Anderson – Google Books.

Miners – 1950’s – Anderson, Brown

March 20, 2014 21 comments
Miners - 1950's - Anderson, Brown

Miners – 1950’s – Anderson, Brown

Submitted on behalf of Margaret Thompson :

Many people may have seen this photograph in a certain publication, this is an original image, I can put names to three of the miners. Third from the left my uncle Oliver Anderson next to him his brother Fred Anderson, sixth miner is my dad Alan Brown, not sure who the others are (possibly 1950’s)

 

Brandon Colliery Station – 10 May 1965

March 22, 2013 3 comments

Brandon Colliery Station 1890265 8edbedea

Brandon Colliery Station (remains).10 May 1965
View NE, towards Durham; ex-NER Bishop Auckland – Durham line. The station looks rather decrepit in 1965; it was closed to passengers on 4/5/64, to goods on 10/8/64; the line closed finally on 5/8/68.

Not quite Deerness Valley but interesting none the less.

 

Disused Stations: Bearpark Station (formerly Aldin Grange)

March 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Date opened: 1.6.1883

Location: On the north side of Auton Style

Company on opening: North Eastern Railway

Date closed to passengers: 1.5.1939

Date closed completely: 1.5.1939

Company on closing: British Railways (North Eastern Region)

Present state: Demolished – no trace of the station remains

County: Durham

OS Grid Ref: NZ245432

Notes: Ironworks were established at Consett in 1841 but in the 1860s Consett needed better access to the iron town of Middlesbrough and the neighbouring Ironstone of the Cleveland Hills. There were some circuitous rail links between the two towns but a direct route was required. The Browney valley provided the ideal setting for such a line.

In February 1861 construction of the North Eastern Railway’s Lanchester Branch commenced and it officially opened the following year. It was initially a single-track line with stations at Consett, Knitsley, Lanchester and Witton Gilbert.

The Lanchester Branch opened up mining possibilities along the Browney Valley. In 1870, Lord Lambton who owned land in the valley accepted an application to search for coal and the following year coal was found. The NER doubled its track in anticipation of colliery demand and collieries soon opened along the line at Bearpark, Malton, Lanchester and Langley Park. An additional station was added at Aldin Grange in 1883 and renamed Bearpark on 1.5.1927.

via Disused Stations: Bearpark Station.