Memories of Blackhall Colliery

The Trust

The trust was at the bottom of 9th and 10th, facing the railway station, and then later the navy club. I was born in Blackhall in Lime Avenue and when I was about 5 we moved to bottom 11th Street. We used to go down to the station to watch the trains.We used to sit outside the trust with a guy near bonfire night. In ...Read full memory

My Grandparents Live In Blackhall

My grandparents spent nearly all of their married life in Blackhall and my grandad still lives there today. I'm 37 now and live on the other side of the world. I have lots of great memories. I used to spend a lot of time at the swings in the park next to the cricket and bowling ground with my ...Read full memory

The Beach

This photo shows Crimdon Dene beach. Blackhall beach at that time was covered in coal dust and slurry caused by the tipping of the Colliery waste into the sea.

The Hardwick Hotel

I see an advertisement for "Chimneys Hotel" in Blackhall advertising as having been built in 1925 and formerly named the "Trust". I lived in the Trust as a boy but in Horden and believe the hotel in Blackhall (Chimneys) was in fact the "Hardwick". Can anyone tell me if I am right or wrong please?

Teenage Years

I was born in 1938 and went to school at the top of the bank where I was very happy, because it was directly opposite my home address of 5 Eighth Street and I was never late. Unfortanately a few of my classmates died. I moved to Newcastle-on-Tyne when my parents died in 1991 and 1993 and have lived here ever since, but I have never forgotten my bithplace.

Blackhall, The Good Old Days

I was born in Blackhall in 1940 and lived in 11th Street and went to school at Henry Smiths - hated it, so I borrowed a fiver off my granda, signed my parents name on the form, and left when I was 15 (in those days when you went to Grammer School you had to sign to say you would stay till at least 16, ...Read full memory

Ballroom Dancing Days

I was born in 1962  and at the age of 4yrs went to a dance school in blackhall called Hall dance school Does any one know Bob and Doris at the time they may not be alive now they were the Dance teachers at the time. I met some good friends and went all over the north east Dancing in competions. I won ...Read full memory

Born Here

I was born at number 10 5th Street, July 11th 1955 at my Nanna and Grandads house, Alice and George Foggin, they were the best Grandparents anyone could wish to have. My mum and dad were Jean and Denis Ryder and just like my grandparents, Mum and Dad were the best. They were married on Boxing Day in the Chuch opposite ...Read full memory

Wish Iwas There

lackhall colliery in the 1940s and 50s i was lucky to be brought up there proud loyal hard working people so different from life today.born 1940 lived in 11th street and was encased in love and safetymy father was a shaft man at the colliery(Billy) and my uncle Bob (jogger) was a goalie in local football . my mam ...Read full memory

Going To Meet Dad

My favourite memory of living in Blackhall Colliery was of going to meet my dad from the pit baths, I used to sit on the top steps or swing on the hand rail waiting for him and listen to all the men sing, it was the best feeling even now. Then when some of them would leave they would shout "She's there Jimmy" to ...Read full memory

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