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Blackhall Colliery| Horden| West Hartlepool| Castle Eden| Peterlee| Easington Colliery| Wingate| Easington| Hartlepool| Wheatley Hill| Seaton Carew

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Takes You Back Doesn't It!

Takes you back doesn't it!
Just for a minute, forget everything stressful and read
this............

Close your eyes and go back in time...
Before the Internet...
Before semi-automatics, joyriders and crack....
Before Playstations, x-box or Super Nintendo...
Way back......I'm talking about Hide and Seek in the park.
The corner shop Pironis.
Hopscotch.
Butterscotch.
Skipping.
Handstands.
Football with an old can.
Fingerbobs.
Beano, Dandy, Buster, Twinkle and Dennis the menace.
Roly Poly.
Hula Hoops, jumping the stream, building dams.
The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.
Bazooka Joe bubble gum.
An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from the van that plays a tune
Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe Neapolitan or perhaps a
screwball.

Wait......
Watching Saturday morning cartoons, short commercials or the flicks.
Children's Film Foundation, The Double Deckers, Red Hand Gang, The
Tomorrow People, Tiswas or Swapshop?, and 'Why Don't You'? - or staying up for
Doctor Who.
When around the corner seemed far away and... Read more

Cleveland memories

Hesleden 70's

I was born in Hesleden and lived there until I left for college in 1979.

I can remember there were as many pubs as shops ! Workmen's club, Conservative Club, The Golden Calf which featured big in my life.. I worked there with Janice and Ernest and ended up recruiting my friend Jillian and most of the female members of our family to work in the restaurant. I moved onto the bars and can remember working with Phyllis!!

Obviously went to Hesleden Primary School and can remember having to change into black plimsolls for gym. I think the whole school shared the same shoes !!
We had school dinners delivered and we all ate in the main assembly hall. To this day I can still remember the smell of the custard.

Mr Jackson was my favourite teacher and we used to stand at his Car window while he gave us sweets for answering capital cities questions correctly. He wore a long black leather coat (which looking back... Read more

Hesleden in The 1950s & 1960s

I've visited the old place several times and where I was born and lived has gone! I was born at no.1 West Terrace in 1950, then moved across the road to Gladstone house on Station Road. My dad, Reg Wright, had a printing shop in the 1950s and later my mam, Doris, had a general goods shop in the early 1960s. Dad was also organist at the church and was involved in a lot of village activities. I was only tiny in the early 1950s when the powers to be decided that everybody should move to the 'new' town of Peterlee. Dad composed a little ditty which went something like 'We don't want to go to Peterlee, town of misery, not for you or me.....'etc. We lived in Peterlee for a few months then moved back to Hesleden. Funny how things stick, isn't it? My first day at Hesleden infants was most memorable for the thwack on the back of the hand from Miss Hewitson's ruler for not paying attention and believe me,... Read more

Chisholm Cottage

Wesley Church 1901, West Hartlepool
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My great-great-great grandparents lived opposite Wesley Chapel in the late 1800s, behind the trees on the right-hand-side of the 1901 Wesley Chapel photo.

During the 1830s, Richard JACK (b1813) and some of his brothers moved to Hartlepool from Dalkeith Scotland. In 1841 Richard lived in Northgate Street, with his brothers nearby - they were coal trimmers. Richard lived with the WALTONs from Hexham, Northumberland; Thomas WALTON a Mason by trade; son William WALTON, a Joiner. Richard married Thomas' daughter Margaret WALTON (b1819).

In 1851 Richard and family were on their own in Northgate Street.

Richard JACK and two sons (Samuel and William Chisholm) were not found in the 1861 census, but Richard's wife and their youngest son were with the WALTONs - now on the East Side of Old Hart Road, Stranton, among the houses known as Fountain Terrace. (The area is now Raby Road, and on the north side of Wesley Square.)... Read more

Memorial to South African War

Terraces, Ward Jacksons Park c1955, West Hartlepool
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I need your help. The man who modeled for the statue seen in this photo is my grandfather. Unfortunately, the museum has the wrong man as the model, a relative with a close name who wasn't even born when the statue was made. Is it possible for you to get the original newspaper article stating who dedicated the statue as I believe that person was my grandmother. The model's name was Joseph Andrew Bright McClure and he worked for the stonemason who did the statue. I have the paperwork to prove it. The statue was vandalized and the bronze taken and only the boots remained for many years. Now only the cairn remains. I am anxious to clear this error before my mother dies as it was her father. Diane

Watsons of Church Street, West Hartlepool

Church Street 1901, West Hartlepool
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My grandfather's parents had an inn on 5 and 6 Church Street, West Hartlepool. His name was Thomas Watson, he was married to Ann Elizabeth and he was a Baker, Confectioner and Restaurant keeper. Does anyone know the name of the Restaurant or Inn or have a photo?

Phillips Teesside Operations Site Build at Seal Sands

Church Street 1901, West Hartlepool
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I am currently researching the build of the Phillips Teesside operations site at Seal Sands. I am wondering if anyone may be able to help me with any information related to the time of the build. I am hoping to gain real information and events. E.g what the Economy was like in Teesside at the time that Phillips began the site build at the Seal Sands? Was it welcomed? Did it bring jobs to Teesside? But most of all I would love to be able to make my research real by adding actual stories/events, peoples feelings and memories of the time or pictures.
I wonder if you have any information/articles that may be useful to me ?

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