Memories from the WEB

External links to memories pertaining to Ushaw Moor and surrounding area.

Moor memories recalled as Ushaw’s men are reunited

From the Northern Echo, first published Tuesday 19th Jul 2005.

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As I Look At These Pictures    From Francis Frith Collection

“”i was born in ushaw moor, at 5 maple park,,i am the third of six children,,i remember walking around with my family,as my mums family lives in new brancepeth we used to walk up to see gran and grandma gibson,we used to go plodging in the beck on the way back from chappel…….””


  1. Clare Burn
    March 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    My Grandad, Jack Burn used to grow veg and Flowers for the Leek and Flower shows at The Flass. We have tons of trophies in the house. I always used to take the biggest Leeks to the Harvest Festival at School – and the biggest crysanths!!!!!

  2. Denise
    May 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    My youngest sister, Deborah, was born at 3, Maple Park in 1960.

  3. June 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    can anyone help? I am looking for information on who built Cooks Cottages and Temperance Terrace and when. I am with a local small history group and am writing a short article about temperance and the name Edward Cook came up.The man established a market garden at Flass Cottage (original name Temperance Cottage) and I have been told that he was the man who built both Cooks and Temperance but not sure I hope that somebody can help me.

    • June 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Hi Oakrgirl and thanks for your comment, hopefully someone will have the answer for you, you would have been better adding a NEW post, as it would get better VIEWING, I noticed you had not signed up VIA the Invite from WordPress, so I have re-sent.

      It tends to be a little fiddly, but with the BLOG being hosted at WordPress it’s out of my hands, if u need further help signing up just let me know,

      I have RE_SENT Invite, maybe check your SPAM folder.


    • ron nightingale
      June 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

      That also has me interested to know if that has anything to do with the reason the old village of Broompark that was demolished in 1970 was re-built but re-named Cooks Wood.??

      • June 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

        will be very interested myself in this. Have a 90 years young aunt who came from Broompark and when I visit her will see if she knows anything

    • July 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Came across this which is already on the BLOG

      “Cooks Cottages and Temperence Terrace were built by a Norfolk man named Cook. He established and built the house and smallholding on the Esh Winning Road just past the crossroads which leads down to Broadgate. I think Mr Cook was a lay preacher and did not approve of people consuming alcohol hence the name Temperance for his terrace.

      Brian Mc.”

  4. ron nightingale
    July 3, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I lived in Broompark from 1956 to 1962. Would like to know who your aunty is. Save this photo to your computer and show it to her. Does she have any photos of the place as this seems to be the only one in existence. ~

  5. Dave Clarkson
    June 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Does anyone remember Colin TWEDDLE, a teacher from Ushaw Moor Comp school circa 1965-72 who lived in Sunderland. (He taught Music and R.E) – A proper gent and far too nice a person to be teaching in the school at that time.
    I recall a story he told us of his love for cycling, and a trip to Weardale he had made one weekend.
    He told us of the outstanding views of the countryside he had observed and that he had parked his bike, gone for a walk and on returning to the rough spot he had started from, he could not locate the bike and ended up walking and hitch hiking back to Sunderland ( it probably got nicked).

    Or former teacher Bob TURNBULL who was obsessed with the “Pit-House Appachies” attending this school” (Referring to “New Brancepeth” pupils. (bit harsh I think)

    • June 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Hi Dave and thanks for your comment, this one of been better as a NEW post rather than a COMMENT. That way it get better views, and more replies. I have sent an invite for u thru WordPress to join and SIGN UP so you can add your own posts.



  6. July 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I wonder if anyone can help. My mum was born to Ralph and Jenny bell in 1929 in ushaw moor and lived there until she was aged 12 with her 7 brothers and sisters. Her father worked in the pits and died from lung problems when my mum was 11. I can’t find anything on the family and I am quite new to this so not sure where to look!

    • July 24, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Hi Debbie and thanks for your comment, this one of been better as a NEW post rather than a COMMENT. That way it get better views, and more replies. I have sent an invite for u thru WordPress to join and SIGN UP so you can add your own posts.

      Have you visited the GOUP on Facebook, good feedback for family related questions.

      Also try the Facebook PAGE which is connected to this BLOG



  7. July 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Hi paul
    Thanks for getting back to me. I couldn’t work how to add a comment!
    I will now do so on word press.

    Thanks again


  8. Paula Morgan
    July 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Hi I’m looking for my father if anyone can please help me his name is Alan Davis his nickname was wet ,he was 18 or 19 in 1976 I think he went to deerness valley school his parents lived at bearpark if anyone knows where he is or has any information that could help me please could you let me know thank you

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