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THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890CAN YOU HELP?If you have any old photographs of <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong> thatyou would like to share, p<strong>le</strong>ase contact Paulvia www.houghton<strong>le</strong>spring.org.ukFACES AND PLACESPhotographs are treated with care and respect and arereturned promptly once they have been copied.Allowing your precious photographs to be copied and sharedensures that they will be around for generations to come.1953 Coronation, 1977 & 2002 Jubi<strong>le</strong>e photos also wantedfor a special commemorative book in 2012!


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890www.HOUGHTON<strong>le</strong>SPRING.org.uk<strong>The</strong> HH website is updated frequently.Just click on the UPDATED link on thehome page to see what’s new. Some ofthe updated pages during the past threemonths include:WELCOME TO THE HOUGHTONIAN,the quarterly magazine of the <strong>Houghton</strong>Heritage Group. In this fourth issue, which hasbeen expanded to 24 pages, we take a look atour town’s annual festival, <strong>Houghton</strong> Feast, asOctober will be here before we know it! <strong>The</strong> frontcover shows Mr Shenton and the choir singingfrom the Church tower top during <strong>Houghton</strong>Feast in the 1950s.WE ALSO PAY HOMAGE to <strong>Houghton</strong> Colliery,which closed thirty years ago, and announce thelaunch of the <strong>Houghton</strong> Miners’ Project, whichhas ambitious aims to document the memoriesof the last living miners who worked at the pit.<strong>The</strong>re has been another flurry of enquiries andfamily tree quests – if you can help answer anyof them, p<strong>le</strong>ase get in touch.TAKE A LOOK AT some of the visits thatmembers have been on around the district overthe summer months.WATCH OUT LATER IN the year for the<strong><strong>Houghton</strong>ian</strong> Almanac 2011, availab<strong>le</strong> from thewebsite in early December, this will be a lookback on <strong>Houghton</strong>’s heritage in the year 2011and is bound to become a much sought afteraddition to local history book col<strong>le</strong>ctions. <strong>The</strong>seare likely to be printed to order.HERE’S TO HOUGHTON FEAST 2011!PAUL LANAGAN BA HONS:: Penshaw Monument – a new section hasbeen added on the history of PensherMonument, including a time line andphotographs from the very top of themonument.:: <strong>Houghton</strong> Cenotaph – updated withpersonal details on many more of the namesfeatured.:: <strong>Houghton</strong> Cemetery – printab<strong>le</strong> plan forthe cemetery on Durham Road, includinglocations of <strong>Houghton</strong>’s War CasualtyGraves.:: Time Lines – the Colliery, Rectory Parkand <strong>Houghton</strong> Feast time lines have all beenupdated with juicy details of goings-on in theVictorian days.:: Football Teams – New photograph of<strong>Houghton</strong> Rovers AFC from 1911/12 added.:: Public Houses – photos and info onlandlords of more pubs have been added,includingthe Lambton Arms, the JollyFarmers, the Black Horse and theWheatsheaf Hotel.:: Wild Boar Heritage Trail – to help younavigate around the fabulous framedphotographs in the new Weatherspoons.:: <strong>Houghton</strong> Area Office Treasures –details of the 10 items recovered before thedemolition.* * * * * * * *If you’re reading a printedversion of <strong>The</strong> <strong><strong>Houghton</strong>ian</strong> and arehaving difficulty seeing the print,did you know you can read theonline PDF? This can be increasedin size up to a whopping 6400% inAdobe Reader!Free Internet access at <strong>Houghton</strong> Library –te<strong>le</strong>phone 0191 561 6383 for details.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTSTHE KING & IOCT 8 TH – 11 TH 2011 – PRODUCTION BYZAZZ at <strong>Houghton</strong> Dance & Performing ArtsAcademy. Find out more at:www.zazzuk.com or 0191 584 0764FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 TH 20117:00PM – OPENINGBroadway.CEREMONY in theSATURDAY OCTOBER 8 TH 201110:00AM – HERITAGE PHOTO EXHIBITIONin the Broadway until 3:00PM. Featuring anew and extended se<strong>le</strong>ction of oldphotographs of <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>commemorating the 30 th anniversary since<strong>Houghton</strong> Colliery closed.9:30AM – MINERS BANNERS DISPLAY in theWelfare Hall, Station Road, until 5:00PM.Members of the Lambton and <strong>Houghton</strong>Banner Group will be on site to share theirlocal know<strong>le</strong>dge about the history of thebanners to ensure that this important part oftheir heritage is never forgotten.Commemorating 30 years since the closureof <strong>Houghton</strong> Colliery.2:00PM – 45 TH CARNIVAL PARADEorganised by the <strong>Houghton</strong>’s Round Tab<strong>le</strong>.Help to ce<strong>le</strong>brate this historic occasion byshowing your support with the on-streetcol<strong>le</strong>ction for local charities.SUNDAY OCTOBER 9 TH 201110:30AM – CIVIC CEREMONY in St Michael’sChurch. P<strong>le</strong>ase note that the service isstarting later than in recent years.6:00PM – COMMUNITY HYMN SINGING in StMichael’s Church, which was started in 1949by Rector Oswald Noel Gwilliam. P<strong>le</strong>ase notethe earlier start time.||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||MONDAY OCTOBER 10 TH 20114:00PM – ROASTING OF THE OX atRectory Field. Get there early as thesandwiches sell out quickly!7:30PM – FREE FIREWORKSSPECTACULAR launched from Durha mRoad playing fields.SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 TH 20119:30AM – CARNIVAL TIME PHOTOEXHIBITION ce<strong>le</strong>brating the 45 th CarnivalParade in <strong>Houghton</strong> Library until12:00PM. Free admission.2:00PM – HOMICIDE IN HOUGHTON 6 -Dare you join author Sheila Quig<strong>le</strong>y andlocal historian Paul Lanagan for aninvestigation of the fictional murderscenes from Sheila’s bestselling books,‘Run for Home’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’,‘Living on a Prayer’, ‘Every Breath YouTake’ and ‘<strong>The</strong> Road to Hell’? Book byTe<strong>le</strong>phone 0191 561 6383 NOT FOR THEFAINT HEARTED!SUNDAY OCTOBER 16 TH 201111:30AM – HOUGHTON HERITAGEWALK visiting buildings and sites ofinterest. Book via the HH website orte<strong>le</strong>phone 0191 268 4688.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?Can you help solve these Genealogical Quests?More quests are on the usual back cover!PUBLICANSHi, I have just been readingyour excel<strong>le</strong>nt website remy family history, inparticular the pub lists. Iam currently researchingthe name 'Brown<strong>le</strong>ss' aspart of my ancestry in theCo. Durham area & foundone of the daughters of my3x Great Grandparents(George & MaryBrown<strong>le</strong>ss), a MargaretBrown<strong>le</strong>ss married a JohnF<strong>le</strong>tcher. <strong>The</strong>y had adaughter named Mary whomarried Thomas Rigby. Inthe 1891 census MargaretF<strong>le</strong>tcher (nee Brown<strong>le</strong>ss) iswidowed & living with hermarried daughter at theLambton Arms, Newbott<strong>le</strong>Street, <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>.Her son-in-law, ThomasRigby, is listed as head ofhousehold & LicensedVictual<strong>le</strong>r of the LambtonArms. I noticed thatThomas Rigby's name isnot listed in the innkeepersnames & wondered if youwould be interested toknow this for your records.Also, by the 1901 censusMary Rigby is widowed &she is listed as Head ofhousehold & Innkeeper ofthe Red Lion Inn, ChurchStreet, <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>.<strong>The</strong> next house on thecensus is Rectory Lodge &then <strong>Houghton</strong> Rectory,then Dairy Lane & 'C<strong>le</strong>rgyHouse' [in 1948 made theRectory until 2005, now isDairy Lane DentalPractice]. As Mary's namewas also not on your lists, Ithought this litt<strong>le</strong> snippetmight be of interest to you.I shall continue readingyour excel<strong>le</strong>nt site & manythanks for all the hard workthat must have gone into it.It must be of much interestboth to locals & thosefurther afield (such asmyself) researching familyhistory etc. Regards,Linda Row<strong>le</strong>yRedcarGEORGESTEPHENSON THESMITHYAny information concerningElizabeth and He<strong>le</strong>nMatthews, thought to beburied at Hillside Cemetery,plus: George Stephenson,the blacksmith, with asmithy next to the busdepot in the centre of<strong>Houghton</strong>, would beappreciated, as he was mygreat unc<strong>le</strong>.Douglas MatthewsAberdeenMEMORIES OFSUNDERLANDSTREETRe: <strong>The</strong> memories ofSunderland Street in thelast issue (<strong>Issue</strong> 03). <strong>The</strong>butchers shop was ownedby Harry Harland. <strong>The</strong>cobb<strong>le</strong>rs shop was RonWaites and Jack Stewart.<strong>The</strong> Carmichael jewel<strong>le</strong>rswas owned by a Mr & MrsWilliams.Richard Rose<strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>MEMORIES OF HOME& MORE PUBLICANSI just love this site. I grewup in <strong>Houghton</strong> and cantrace my family in the areaback to the 1700's. Welived in 3 ShakespeareStreet from 1947 to 1957.My father worked atHerrington Pit. In 1957 hebecame landlord of <strong>The</strong>Londonderry Arms inChilton Moor and we livedabove the pub. Mygrandparents Luke andSarah Robson (nee.Fenton) were managers ofthe Dubmire Club from1918 to 1922. Luke died inthe Pensions War Hospitalafter WWI, from injuries hehad received, and his nameis on the Cenotaph in<strong>Houghton</strong>. My sister and Iwent to St Michael's RCSchool in the 1950's - Ritaand Maureen Robson. Weboth live in the south now,but <strong>Houghton</strong> will alwaysbe 'home'.Maureen BrownLondonTHE LINDENS, DAIRYLANEDear Paul, I am doingsome research for a friend'sfamily tree. Can you tellme whether Lyndhurst, in<strong>Houghton</strong> Le <strong>Spring</strong> was aresidential or family home?I think the street name isDairy or Daisy Street. <strong>The</strong>period I am talking about is1951. Any help you cangive me would be mostwelcome, thanks.Joan ElliottMR JAMES JAMES &FAMILYHello Paul, I am trying totrace living descendants ofJames James (my greatgreat unc<strong>le</strong>) who was bornin Somerset 1851 & hissons who lived in <strong>Houghton</strong>Le <strong>Spring</strong> & died in thatarea, Oliver James born1877 & died 1961, JosephC James born 1887 & died1948 plus possibly WilliamJames born 1880 & died1971. I was wondering ifyou could point me in theright direction – I live nearCarlis<strong>le</strong>. Many thanks.Doug JamesNear Carlis<strong>le</strong>THOMAS WILLIAMUSHERWOOD ROBINSONAnyone out there in HLSrelated to Thomas WilliamUsherwood Robinson of thebrewery? I am his GG granddaughter. Have a dead endon info about his father andmother George & Elizabeth.I am the Great Granddaughterfrom his daughterElfrida who was from hissecond marriage to IsabellaWidowfield.Dina SalterAustralia* * * * * * * * * * *If you canhelp, p<strong>le</strong>ase get intouch via the HHwebsite.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890A BLAST FROM the past made itspresence felt on July 20 th when thisho<strong>le</strong> appeared in the yard of a housein Station Avenue, Fencehouses. It isthought that the subsidence had beencaused by workings from Lambton DPit.Lambton Colliery dated from the 18 thcentury. It was reconstructed in 1950but closed shortly afterwards onFebruary 27 th 1965. <strong>The</strong> colliery waslocated a short distance from theproperty, just down the road in thedirection of the railway lines, thenright down New Lambton Road (nowknown as Lambton Lane).Relics from the colliery still exist inthe area, including the dilapidatedSwimming Baths, which has beenshell of the former Lambton Swimming Baths,which has been used as storage for ascrapyard in recent years. <strong>The</strong> adjacent land,used as Lambton Coke Works (which closed in1986), was unvei<strong>le</strong>d in 2010 as Elba Park, acountry park and housing development,following a £25 million reclamation project.Meanwhi<strong>le</strong>, Coal Authority officials will beinvestigating the ho<strong>le</strong>.MORE COLLIERY INFO at: www.dmm.org.uk


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890NCB ROTA. FORESHIFT21/09/2011HM01 Jack HardyHM02 Jim WattsHM03 Norman Ward<strong>le</strong>HM04 Eric KnightHM05 Joe KnightHM06 Denis WatsonHM07 Bobby WatsonHM08 Bobby WilkinsonHM09 Harry CambellHM10 Jimmy ‘Doc’ SillHM12 Pat Ri<strong>le</strong>yHM13 Brian FishHM14 Alan KingHM15 Tom Wilkinson JnrHM16 George DavisonHM17 Gary WoodHM18 Gilbert ‘Bertie’ F<strong>le</strong>tcherHM19 Gordon KingHM20 Gavin Litt<strong>le</strong>HM21 Maurice Al<strong>le</strong>nHM22 Rueben ‘Rempi’ PurvisHM23 Sid BowdenHM24 Tommy Har<strong>le</strong>HM25 Bill BestfordHM26 John CookHM27 Herbert ‘Herbie’ Shack<strong>le</strong>rHM28 Colin BrewisHM29 Billy FrostwickHM31 Jim JarvisHM33 Billy LaydonHM34 Alan ‘Ally’ CromptonHM35 Brian RumneyHM36 Stan MorsenHM37 Joe Winwood JnrHM38 Jim Bilton JnrHM39 Billy ReddelHM40 Malcolm ‘Malci’ FenwickHM41 Ernie WilkinsonHM42 Alan LynnHM43 Ralph ListerHM44 Arthur KingHM45 Robert Henry F<strong>le</strong>tcherHM46 John FreemanHM47 Tommy WatsonHM48 David PattersonHM49 Jimmy BellHM50 Ronnie PounderHM51 Terry KellyHM52 Billy ShawHM53 George HabershonHM54 Ted BowdenHM55 Harold MaddisonHM56 John Thomas ‘Tom’ SmithHM57 Ernie DobsonHM58 Barry CummingsHM59 Tommy RamsbottomHM60 Arthur LeeSeptember 21 st 2011 sees the30 th anniversary since <strong>Houghton</strong>Colliery closed. As eachanniversary passes there arefewer <strong><strong>Houghton</strong>ian</strong>s alive withmemories of having worked atthe pit. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Houghton</strong> Miners’Project has ambitious aims torecord the recol<strong>le</strong>ctions andexperiences of all the remainingminers - and others – whoworked at the colliery,underground and at bank.An initial list has been drawn up(<strong>le</strong>ft) with the help of a coup<strong>le</strong> ofretired miners, but could well beincomp<strong>le</strong>te. Can you add anyextra names to it?<strong>The</strong> second stage of the projectseeks to find contact details forthe miners so thatquestionnaires can be sent outfor them to comp<strong>le</strong>te.<strong>The</strong> memories will then berecorded, along with otherinformation, such as job ro<strong>le</strong>,the ups, downs, and everyday lifeon a working colliery.<strong>Houghton</strong> has changed a greatdeal since the colliery closed in1981. In that time there hasbeen an influx of new residents,many from outside the area, andit is no surprise that somechildren don’t know <strong>Houghton</strong>once had a colliery – <strong>le</strong>t alonewhere it was!<strong>The</strong> <strong>Houghton</strong> Miners’ Projectwill ensure that the town’s coalminingheritage is not forgotten.If you can help, p<strong>le</strong>asecontact Paul Lanagan on:(0191) 268 4688Below are remnants of <strong>Houghton</strong> Colliery, still standing tall as memorials to what once was.<strong>The</strong> e<strong>le</strong>ctrical substation (right) can be seen at the entrance to <strong>Houghton</strong> Quarry, opposite theColliery site, whi<strong>le</strong> the pit’s old powder house (<strong>le</strong>ft) was rebuilt at Beamish Museum, brick bybrick. <strong>The</strong> powder house originally stood opposite the Lamb Inn pub and was built by WilsonRamsbottom. Tommy Ennis, who lived at Quarry Row, was in charge of it for a whi<strong>le</strong>.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890ARMISTICE DAY IS justaround the corner andin recent years hastaken on a greatersignificance followingthe conflicts in Iraq andAfghanistan.<strong>Houghton</strong>’s fal<strong>le</strong>n areremembered each yearon RemembranceSunday at the cenotaphin the churchyard. Thismemorial was erectedin 1925 at a cost of£7,000. Funds werepublicly raised and thelocalScoutscontributed a significantportion. It was unvei<strong>le</strong>dby the Earl of Durhamand dedicated by<strong>Houghton</strong>’s Rector, RevRalph Watson.Peop<strong>le</strong> are oftensurprised to discoverthat <strong>Houghton</strong> has nosculptured memorial forthose kil<strong>le</strong>d during theSecond World War.Indeed, in August 2009the Sunderland Echoran an artic<strong>le</strong> entit<strong>le</strong>d:COUPLE FIGHT FORWAR MEMORIAL<strong>The</strong> artic<strong>le</strong> highlightedthe feelings of residentsRichard and Ethel Rosewho were upset thatthere was no memorialfor those kil<strong>le</strong>d between1939 and 1945.Following thedemolition of theCouncil Offices therehas been a suggestionthat the site be used fora new memorial,however building costs,<strong>le</strong>t alone maintenance,would be huge. Abetter suggestion wasmade at the HODsexhibition; a local mansaid that there wasroom at the base of theexisting memorial forextra panels to beattached.Asubsequent visitrevea<strong>le</strong>d that this wasindeed correct, aswell as showing theneed for some ofthe existingnamesto berenewed.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890WHITE’SMAMMOTHGAVIOLI ORGAN:: 50 GOLDEN YEARS ::SIDNEY WHITE'S MAMMOTH GAVIOLI organ,which was restored in 1956 by GeorgeParm<strong>le</strong>y and a band of enthusiasts, made itsfirst appearance at <strong>Houghton</strong> Feast in 1961.For many years it stood in the grounds of theCouncil Offices, but moved out to theBroadway in 2001.It can now be found at the Church Streetcorner of Broadway on Feast Friday andSaturday. Check the <strong>Houghton</strong> Feast websitefor performance times at:www.houghtonfeast.co.uk1950s


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890Customers queue inside the ox roasting tent as ox roaster and Rotarian Ron Young watches overthe cooked meat, Monday October 9 th 2000. Ordinarily the queue would have been outside, upthe side of Rectory Park, however the weather was most inc<strong>le</strong>ment. <strong>The</strong> Rectory Field was in abad state and for the only year on record, the Rotarians did not manage to sell all the oxsandwiches. Pictured at the front of the queue, from right, are: Joan Nicholson, MargaretDouglas, Paul Lanagan and Lyndsay Frain.Councillor John Mawston, Mayor Denis Wha<strong>le</strong>n and Bill Lee at a stall at <strong>Houghton</strong> MethodistChurch craft exhibition for <strong>Houghton</strong> Feast, October 8 th 1994. Bill Lee made the turned woodenitems on display.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING REMEMBERED IS YOUR CHANCETO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND MEMORIES OFHOUGHTON IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS. THE FOLLOWINGMEMORIES, FROM HOUGHTONIAN GEORGE DAVISON,RELATE TO HIS TIME AT HOUGHTON COLLIERYBETWEEN 1950 AND ITS CLOSURE IN 1981.Geordie was interviewed in 2003 and extracts from his interview have been reproducedhere in his pitmatic dia<strong>le</strong>ct. More of his memories can be found on the HH website:Thurty-one years ah worked there. Ah just took it in me stride, ah wasn scared ner nowt. Ah wasn evena bit scared when ah fust got in the cage to go down, the fust day. Ah was on foreshift for about threeyear besides playing football on a neet time. Didn’t start playing football til ah was seventeen and ahalf, like. Gannin to work on a Saturday mornin, finish, come yarm, get me dinner, then gan out, playfootball for the Mechanics on the afternoon. Footballs nowadays gettin 20 odd thousand pund a weekfor playin one game a week!<strong>The</strong> conveyor belts did away with the ponies. <strong>The</strong>y got rid of them altogether, they started gettin litt<strong>le</strong>creeper things taken them further in. <strong>The</strong>re was one or two vicious buggers [laughs]. Ah had onecal<strong>le</strong>d Beauty, ee, could dee ivvery thing but taalk! Could! Aye, he was very mild natured. <strong>The</strong>y wereall 'hims' yer silly sod. Else they'd gan bloody beserk! <strong>The</strong>y were all geldings! <strong>The</strong>y were a breed of aShetland. Not exactly Shetland, small. <strong>The</strong>re were some bigger ones, like. But that Beauty, he was ahell of a hoss to work. Soon as ya sat down for yer bait, and heard the paper, used to come up. Yerbait paper, soon as they hear yer oppen yer bait paper. Jam sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, any kindof sandwiches what yer liked. <strong>The</strong>y used to be there like a shot if yer didnt tie it up.One of the worst experiences ah ivva had was working on this coal face, number 14A, it was caa<strong>le</strong>d.And there was about thurty inches high, twenty six or thurty inches high, and aal of a sudden it went onthe work and the midd<strong>le</strong> of the face just lowered down, slowly. <strong>The</strong> props were just snappin likecand<strong>le</strong>s! And John Dixon, one of the ex-white mice men, he was a Deputy then in charge of thatdistrict/face, he was going in props under - and they were just snappin - and ah says "T'hell with this amoff". It just lowered down like that, for about twenty yards. Ah was nearly shiting mesell. Ah God! Ahwas workin with a bloke cal<strong>le</strong>d George 'Lukey' Heal. He says: "Howah, yer soft bugger!" Ah says:"<strong>The</strong>re's any amount of soft buggers lying in the cemetery… am not gonna be one of them!" [laughs].George Davison, 2003HlS


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890HOMICIDE INHOUGHTON 6SATURDAYOCTOBER15 TH 20112:00PMIn <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong> it’s Feast week, a time when all hell is <strong>le</strong>tloose as the fair comes to town, and a frenzy of ce<strong>le</strong>bration anddecadence provides a temporary distraction from the grim realitiesof everyday life.DARE you join author Sheila Quig<strong>le</strong>y and local historian PaulLanagan for an investigation of the fictional murder scenes fromSheila’s bestselling books, ‘Run for Home’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’, ‘Livingon a Prayer’, ‘Every Breath You Take’ and ‘<strong>The</strong> Road to Hell’?Book by Te<strong>le</strong>phone 0191 561 6383Numbers Strictly LimitedBooking opens September 23 rd 2011.New start location will be given on booking.NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!WWW.HOUGHTONFEAST.CO.UK


married to Jane Swinburn,THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?Can you help solve these Genealogical Quests?<strong>The</strong> bumper se<strong>le</strong>ction continues!MINING SPORTSHi Paul, My name isKimber<strong>le</strong>y Dobson, I’mcurrently compilingevidence for adissertation on thesports which tookplace at <strong>Houghton</strong>Feast between 1890and 1900 as part of awider study on miningsports and <strong>le</strong>isure. Inoticed that you havesome excel<strong>le</strong>nt pictureof pamph<strong>le</strong>ts and oldphotographs whichwould be excel<strong>le</strong>nt asprimary sourcematerials and I’m justwondering where I canaccess thesematerials? I havealready got a coup<strong>le</strong> ofyour books which arereally helpful, but Ifyou can offer me anyadvice or guidance itwould be muchappreciated, Best,Kim Dobson<strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>THE COOKSYesterday I logged on toyou site and came up withHeritage photos. I wasdelighted. On reading thepreview I see that you are alocal historian, so perhapsyou can help me. I havepast links with <strong>Houghton</strong><strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>on both mypaternal and maternal sidesof the family. I have verylitt<strong>le</strong> factual informationlitt<strong>le</strong> factual informationregarding Michael Cook,myGreat-Great-Grandfather. Using hismarriage of 1820, Iestimate he was born about1796, but not where.Michael Cook marriedEsther Sewell at StMargaret’s Church,Durham, 1820. <strong>The</strong>y hadthree sons, the youngest,Michael Cook, my Great-Grandfather, was bornNovember 21st 1829 atWest Herrington.<strong>The</strong> next piece of evidenceis provided by Pigot’sDirectory 1829 - 1830.Michael Cook is mentioned‘Baker & Flour Dea<strong>le</strong>r,<strong>Houghton</strong>’. I next findMichael Cook and family inthe 1841 Census living atSouth Hetton. This is thelast time I can verify hisexistence. In 1851 EstherCook is recorded as‘Widow’. I believe thatMichael Cook was a victimof the Cho<strong>le</strong>ra Outbreakthat swept the Durhamarea around 1849 orthereabouts. If he was stillliving in the area I have noidea whether he would havebeen buried locally, if so,where? Or was it at StMichael’s, <strong>Houghton</strong>? Hiswife Esther Cook also diedof Cho<strong>le</strong>ra in September1854. She may have beenamongst the earliest burialsat <strong>Houghton</strong> HillsideCemetery. If anyone canoffer any help I would bemost grateful. Also if thereare any living descendantsof Thomas Robinson, born1799, died 1829. Thomaswas married to JaneSwinburn, born Fatfield.So you can see that myfamily hasSo you can see that my <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong> andfamily has many links with place of residence as<strong>Houghton</strong> and the Broadway House, Chester<strong>le</strong>-Street.surrounding area.I believe I locatedJudith Cook Broadway House sometime ago on North RoadPortsmouthjust off the roundabout atA693. Is this correct? AndALICE DIMAMBROJust had a browse throughcan anyone tell me if HeathHouse was or is a hospital?Thanks,your new magazine andPamela Hudd<strong>le</strong>stonhad to say well done, greatHonolulu, Hawaiijob and look forward toforthcoming publications.Very interesting to see thename A. Dimambro - icecream sel<strong>le</strong>rs of the village.A coincidence I think, but Ithought you might like toknow that my Gt.Grandmother was a formerStage Artiste/Singer &Concert Pianist. Her StageName was AliceDimambro. As a family wehave no idea why shepicked this name - perhapsshe knew the Dimambro’s?Her signature tune was"<strong>The</strong> Roses of Picardy" alove song of WW1, writtenby Fred E. Weather<strong>le</strong>y/music by Haydn Wood,pub.1916. I'm searchingfor some of my ancestorswho lived at "Scots Pasture"in the <strong>Houghton</strong> Le <strong>Spring</strong>area. Does anyone know ofthis area and if so can yougive me a location of itp<strong>le</strong>ase?Best regards andkeep up all your great work.Suzanne Tyson-ButterworthHEATH HOUSEOn a death certificate from1949 place of death isshown as Heath House,<strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong> andplace of residenceMARKET PLACEI am looking for picturesthat contain 32 <strong>The</strong> MarketPlace <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-spring.I was born there in 1952and lived in <strong>Houghton</strong> until1966 in the last few years Ihave been looking forpictures and writtenmaterial to show mygrandchildren. I canremember getting in theway of the showmen settingup for <strong>Houghton</strong> feast andgetting free rides beforethey opened to the public.Ken WalkerCANDY ROCKMy dad says they used toget mis-shaped rock lolliesat Harvians, which wasHarvy and Ian Wheat<strong>le</strong>y’ssweet factory in PotteryYard, behind Jaconelli’ssweet shop.Jackie Pittilla* * * * * * * * * * *Keep readingfor more FamilyTree Quests.


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THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?Can you help solve these Genealogical Quests?More quests are on the usual back cover!METHODISM INHOUGHTONDear Mr Lanagan, myRitchey family originated inCounty Durham andNorthumberland with aneventual concentration in<strong>Houghton</strong> <strong>le</strong> <strong>Spring</strong>; mymother and Ruth ScottRitchey were cousins and Ireferred to Ruth as mygreat aunt. I just read yournew addition to the websiteabout the time line ofMethodism in <strong>Houghton</strong>with great interest as my g.g. grandfather John Ritcheywas a local PrimitiveMethodist preacher in<strong>Houghton</strong>. I wasparticularly interested in thepicture of "the young menof Mautland St MethodistChurch 1896" showing theold church with the originaldoorway. Are there anynames attached to thepicture, as my hope wouldbe that one of my Ritcheymen might be there? Arethere any records thatmight be availab<strong>le</strong> thatreference g. g. grandfatherJohn?I did find onecitation of John's work in abook cal<strong>le</strong>d 'NorthernPrimitive Methodism' by W.M. Patterson in which helists John among someothers with substantialrespect "...whi<strong>le</strong> speaking ofnob<strong>le</strong> men...the good workdone by John Ritchieshould not be forgotten".How wonderful that was!!Thank you ahead forconsidering my request.Sincerely,Kath<strong>le</strong>en HaakU.S.ASTOCKSFIELD TCEHi Paul, Margaret phonedme and we had such a longchat about our old home atStocksfield Terrace! Shestill lives in <strong>Houghton</strong>. I didnot know either her or herfamily when I lived therebut we still exchanged lotsof ta<strong>le</strong>s of the area.Great bit of feedback fromthe site. Thank you.Betty StevensDerbyHETTON COLLIERYshortly after and that sheDISASTERwas pregnant. <strong>The</strong>re isDear sir/madam, I wasanother Shearer mentionedwondering if you could helpon the WW1 memorial -me. Hetton School is doingSHEARER B - and I woulda project to ce<strong>le</strong>brate theirlike to know if he wascentenary year and I wasrelated at all. He is not onwondering if you knew ofthe list inside the Church -any names of Hetton pupilsany reason for this? Finally,who were involved in themy research has noted thataccident. We would reallythree Shearers wereappreciate if you could e-inmates at the Workhouse.mail me back if you findEdmund, Joseph andout any information. HopeWilliam James. What kindto hear from you soon.of circumstances wouldYours sincerely,force them to be internedChloe Mann in such a place? LookingHetton-<strong>le</strong>-Ho<strong>le</strong> forward to hearing fromyou.Mal ShearerStandish, WiganSUTTON FAMILYI’m looking for informationon the following SUTTONs,who may have been fromthe <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>area: Robert SUTTON,died 1841?, born 1790-1796; Mary (Robinson?)SUTTON, born about1806; Robert SUTTONborn 1827, Many thanks.Lucia MenendezLondonTHE SHEARERSMy Grandfather JohnShearer (b. 1893) was livingat 13 William Street,Newtown, <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>, according to the1911 census. His brotherRobert was living with him -he was kil<strong>le</strong>d during WWIand is listed the one on theCenotaph along with hisbrother. I am sure thatJohn Shearer married,around the time of the FirstWorld War, to someonenamed Jane. I was toldthat he <strong>le</strong>ft her to go to warHAUNTED HILLSIDECEMETERY?Hello, My friend and I go upto the Hillside Cemetery allthe time and we do agreethat it is a peaceful placewhen you’re out in theopen part of it. We havenoticed how that changeswhen you go further in but Idon’t know if that's justbecause the trees arebecause the trees arecovering that area. I took apicture of my friend whilstwe were further in thecemetery and I noticed onthe picture in thebackground that it lookslike there is a personstanding with their backtowards us but with a lightpurp<strong>le</strong> hood up! We werealone! We have been tothat cemetery loads oftimes even when it is darkand we have seen thingstoo - it’s pretty scary! Weare very interested in thesupernatural do you knowof any good ghost hunts tothe public?Demi PattinsonWITH RESPECTI have spent hundreds ofhours alone at <strong>Houghton</strong>Hillside Cemetery and haveeven stayed overnight withthe Scouts for a wildlifesurvey – but any visits tothe Cemetery should bewith respect and mindfulthat the site is aconsecrated burial ground.Any activities not consistentwith this are not to beencouraged.Paul Lanagan* * * * * * * * * * *See the backcover for thisissue’s final batchof Family TreeQuests.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890A RECIPE BY COLOMBO RIANIThis simp<strong>le</strong> yet tasty recipe has been shared by Jan Hanson,granddaughter of Colombo Riani who owned the café at 67 Newbott<strong>le</strong>Street. Colombo can be seen below outside the café, around 1920.More recipes from the Taste of <strong>Houghton</strong> series can be found on theHH website.INGREDIENTSGarlic x several bulbsOlive Oil x splashTomatoes (pureed)Parmesan cheeseCrusty bread (thickly sliced)METHOD1. Gently fry the garlic in the olive oil2. Add a dash of water and thoroughly mix in the pureed tomatoes3. Spread the mixture on the crusty bread4. Serve with liberal amounts of parmesan cheese


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890MEMBERS OF THE HH GROUP HAVE BEEN OUT AND ABOUT DURING THE SUMMER ON SEVERAL VISITS.A SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE FOUND HERE SHOWING THE RE-OPENING OF PENSHAWMONUMENT’S LOFT AND AERIAL VIEWING PLATFORM, RYHOPE PUMPING STATION WHILE IT WAS INFULL STEAM, AN EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO LAMBTON CASTLE, AND EVENTS AT HERITAGE OPEN DAYS.1 23 4


6THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890[1] Looking across theloft of PenshawMonument. Read thenew artic<strong>le</strong>s on the HHwebsite.[2] <strong>The</strong> view down oneof Lambton Cast<strong>le</strong>’sornately ti<strong>le</strong>d drains.[3] <strong>The</strong> smithy at workat Ryhope PumpingStation.[4] Ryhope PumpingStation and one of itsponds which providedwater for the steampoweredengines inside.75[5] Paul Lanagan withauthor and broadcasterJohn Grundy at theHODS launch event atJesmond Lawn TennisClub.[6] Sheila Quig<strong>le</strong>y and fans atthe conclusion of the ‘Slaughterin Sunderland’ heritage walk,which was <strong>le</strong>d by Paul Lanagan.[7] Durham Cast<strong>le</strong> at dusk.Further photographs (showingthe interior) will be featured inthe next issue of the<strong><strong>Houghton</strong>ian</strong>.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890IN MEMORIAMALF ROXBY1922 - 2011Alf Roxby, well known barber passedaway on July 4th 2011 at the age of 88years. Many will remember the banterand humour in his barber shop atDubmire. Alf was a gent<strong>le</strong>man andalways participated in the Armistice Dayparade in Fencehouses, having servedtime in the Royal Navy during theSecond World War; he was a navalgunner for the duration and was aboardHMS Webster when it was sunk by theGermans in the Mediterranean Sea.Before the War, Alf was a hairdresser’sapprentice – his brother Robbie had ashop at 3 Newbott<strong>le</strong> Street, oppositethe Britannia Inn – but it was on hisreturn home from the War that Alfopened up his Front Street shop in1946. He worked there for almost 60years until he retired and moved southto Hertfordshire to live with his son.Wherever he is now, he is bound tohave a queue of old gents, catching upon the gossip whi<strong>le</strong> they wait their turnfor a short-back and sides!Sunderland Heritage Forum is acitywide umbrella organization ofhistory and amenity groups. It runs awide and well-supported range ofevents and initiatives, includingcommunity <strong>le</strong>ctures and guided walks, amajor history fair and the city’s heritageopen day programme. It also promotesspecific ventures such as the recentlycomp<strong>le</strong>ted street names projectsupported by Heritage Lottery funding.<strong>The</strong> Forum runs a wide range of eventsand activities. It coordinates theHeritage Open Day programme acrossthe city, offers a series of freecommunity <strong>le</strong>ctures at the university’sSt Peter’s Campus every summer, andruns popular day conferences on arange of topics. Every two years, itpromotes the hugely successfulSunderland Heritage Fair at Seaburn,with support from the council.FIND OUT MORE AT:www.sunderlandheritage.org.ukTo join the HH Groupon Facebook simplyclick the link fromthe main websitethen follow thedirections to join!AVAILABLE NOWNEW BOOK BYSHEILAQUIGLEYAVAILABLE FROMALL GOOD BOOKS STORESNOW ON KINDLEOX ROASTING:A BEEF HISTORYwww.amazon.co.uk<strong>Issue</strong> 5 of the HOUGHTONIAN will beavailab<strong>le</strong> to download in January 2012.Send us your details and get a copysent directly to your Inbox!


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890<strong>Houghton</strong> Heritage<strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong> in Old Photographs bookJourney Through Time DVD& 2012 ca<strong>le</strong>ndar availab<strong>le</strong> from:www.houghton<strong>le</strong>spring.org.ukGET THE BOOK FOR £5.00 INSTEAD OF £10.00 WHENYOU PRODUCE THIS VOUCHER AT THE STALL IN THEHOUGHTON FEAST CRAFT FAIR ON SATURDAYOCTOBER 8 TH 2011, AT KEPIER SPORTS COLLEGE.NAME: ……………………………………………POSTCODE: ……………………………ONE VOUCHER PER PERSON, WHILE STOCKS LAST.VALID ONLY ON 08/10/11 BETWEEN 1030-1530.


THE HOUGHTONIAN | SEPT 2011 | VOL 1 ISSUE 4 | ISSN 1757-3890WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?Can you help solve these Genealogical Quests,which are all centred around <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong>?NORAH SMITHI have been trying for a longtime and have spent toomuch money on FriendsUnited without any help; Iam trying to find where allbirth certificates go. I'veasked Father Gorman at theChurch but he says theChurch doesn't keep thenany more. My mother wasNorah Smith and my dadwas Jimmy Smith of 33School Road, East Rainton.<strong>The</strong>re were seven of us. Weall went to St Michael's RCSchool. Most of the familyhas died and I am 80 on the29th of June, so not muchtime <strong>le</strong>ft! I have heard thatmy mother's father wasfrom Newcast<strong>le</strong>, Tipperary,Ireland. I wish I could findmy mother's birthcertificate;she was born1902, possibly Gateshead.Her father was TommyGallagher. Thank you.Ann SwainDarlingtonWRONG COUNTY?I have Thomas, son ofJoseph and Annie(Makepeace) Lidd<strong>le</strong> died inCAN. Notes say they werefrom Northumberland. Canyou fill me in on the familiesI see in your cemeteryrecords?John & Denise AllisTHE HOUGHTONIANPublished by Books of the NorthCopyright © 2011VOL 1 ISSUE 4 SEPT 2011ISSN 1757-3890V001IS04VE04SOUTH BACK LANEHi, I hope you can help me.My Great, great grandfatherwas born in Newbott<strong>le</strong> in1886. <strong>The</strong> family name isMos<strong>le</strong>y and in the 1891Census they are shown asliving in South Back Lane(mother Pheobe Mos<strong>le</strong>y),Newbott<strong>le</strong>. If you have anyinformation on my family orperhaps a photo of SouthBack Lane it would be reallyappreciated. Kind regardsJohn Mos<strong>le</strong>y* * * * * * * * * * *A bumper se<strong>le</strong>ction ofFamily Tree Quests can befound inside!* * * * * * * * * * *AT A JUNCTIONHello, Not sure of you canhelp me. I’m busy buildingFamily Trees etc and onebranch of my family saysthey are from “JunctionRow, Newbott<strong>le</strong>” – I’ve triedto find this on the mapusing Goog<strong>le</strong> Maps but havedrawn a blank – I’massuming that this ‘Row’ nolonger exists. Can you shedany light on this for me –I’m looking for any oldpictures which might showthis particular area. Sincerethanks.Rob LeachNorthamptonshireTOON & COOPERI'm looking for copies ofphotos of my greatgrandmother, Hannah Toon(nee Surtees) or any photosor documents relating toher family. Hannah wasborn on 17 July 1869 inSouth Hylton to JosephSurtees and HannahBlackett. She marriedEdward Toon, a locomotivestoker, at Penshaw ParishChurch on 7 September1890. <strong>The</strong>y lived in the<strong>Houghton</strong> area - ShineyRow and West Herrington.She lived at 8 George StreetEast, New Herrington fromabout 1895 until her deathon 13 October 1922. Anyinformation will be gratefullyreceived. I'm also trying toget a photo of mygrandfather August WilliamCooper's grave. He's mostlikely buried in <strong>Houghton</strong>General Cemetery (afterWW1 he was the cemeterysuperintendent there). Hewould have been buried inthe first week of March,1980. I'd love to get aphoto of the grave marker,but any help, even if it's justto confirm that he is buriedthere, would be greatlyappreciated.Ian Brett CooperMaryland, U.S.AMARGARET MAWSONI am looking for family infoconcerning MargaretMawson, my greatgrandmother,who was bornin <strong>Houghton</strong>-<strong>le</strong>-<strong>Spring</strong> in1828. She married WilliamHusband, a tin plate workerfrom Midd<strong>le</strong>ton in Teesda<strong>le</strong>in 1851. <strong>The</strong>y went on tolive in Richmond, Yorkshire,where she had 8 children.She died in 1907.sincerely,YoursFlora BorgeseTHE NAG’S HEADHi Paul, I have recentlycome across the Banns ofmy 5 x Gt Grandparentsmarriage in 1762. GeorgeAddamson (Adamson) ofNags Head P of <strong>Houghton</strong><strong>le</strong> <strong>Spring</strong>. Isabella Sidgwickof Low Pitt Houses in this P<strong>The</strong> record then continues:“I found out afterwards thatye parties were bothservants at Naggs Head inye P of <strong>Houghton</strong>" Can youtell me anything about theNaggs Head? IsabellaAdamson died in TorrishLane 21/8/1802. I wouldexpect it to havebeendemolished and replacedbut does it, by any chance,still exist? Thanks!Judith inDamp GloucestershireNo part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a mechanical retrieval system, ortransmitted, in any form or by means, e<strong>le</strong>ctronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise,without written permission from the publisher. <strong>The</strong> publisher has made all reasonab<strong>le</strong> efforts tocontact copyright holders for permission. Any errors that may have occurred are inadvertent andanyone who for any reason has not been contacted is invited to write to the publisher so that a fullacknow<strong>le</strong>dgement may be made in subsequent editions of <strong>The</strong> <strong><strong>Houghton</strong>ian</strong>. Artic<strong>le</strong>s andinformation are presented in good faith, occasionally based on peop<strong>le</strong>'s recol<strong>le</strong>ctions and memories,which can be fallib<strong>le</strong>. Whi<strong>le</strong> every effort is made to ensure the content is accurate and up to date ,some errors may exist, such is the nature of recording local history, therefore no responsibility can beheld for any errors contained herein. Thanks are extended to the following supporters/contributors:John Grundy; Fiona Cul<strong>le</strong>n; Janet Robinson; Foster Turnbull; Douglas Smith and Herrington HeritageSociety; David W Brown; Sheila Quig<strong>le</strong>y; Joan Lambton; Paul Sykes; and Jan Hanson nee Riani.

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