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A Memory of Burnhope

Where do start?! I (then Aidan Jackson) moved to Burnhope at the age of 3 in 1944. I lived at 1 Jaw Blades (now demolished) with my grandparents, uncles and mother. I started school at the old infant/junior school in October 1946. Teachers I remember are Miss Kay, Miss Daley, Miss Dowson, Mrs Thompson (formery Miss Pallister - she married during my time there), Mr Harry McWilliams. The head teacher was Miss Elsie Allport. I remember an air raid shelter in the yard.
Very happy memories of my childhood in Burnhope.
Left Burnhope late 1952 or early 1953 to go to Libya. My father was stationed in the army there. Came back to UK in 1961 for teacher training (at Sunderland) and spent many happy times with my grandmother (Mary Ellen (nana) Forster), who by this time had moved to Fair View.
As a point of interest, the wrought iron memorial gates were made by my great grandfather Jonty Forster, blacksmith at Burnhope Colliery. I can remember the railway which crossed at that point. Jonty spent his last years at Jaw Blades and died in 1942.

A memory shared by Aidan Tasker , on Nov 28th, 2012.

Comments & feedback

Sun Oct 5th 2014, at 6:39 pm

johnbiggs0 commented:

your statement saying Mrs Thompson was formerly Miss Pallister,
is incorrect it was the other way round. Mrs. Pallister was formerly
Miss " betty" Thompson, just a small point but needs amending.

Sun Oct 5th 2014, at 6:48 pm

johnbiggs0 commented:

I started at this school in 1949 and I was in Mrs Pallisters class when she got married, I was still in contact with her until she passed away around 2003 not sure of exact date. Another teacher
was Miss Appleton. The headmistress Miss Allport retired while I was a pupil and was succeeded by Mr Sample.

Sun Mar 27th 2016, at 1:13 pm

magsmcneal commented:

Sun Mar 27th 2016, at 1:15 pm

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Sun Mar 27th 2016, at 1:27 pm

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Sat Feb 11th 2017, at 10:57 am

jackchrism commented:

Hi. I also lived in Burnhope was borne in 1946 so you were a few years older than me. When I started school mrs Pallisters was also my teacher we moved to Australia in 1952. So I would think that I went to school with you. I was Christine Laidler and my Father was William(Bill) how exciting to read about others that lived in Burnhope whilst we lived there. My e mail address is if yo want to communicate. Cheers

Wed Mar 29th 2017, at 5:03 pm

maureen46 commented:

Hi. I have just read about you spending time with your "nana Forster" at Burbhope. When she moved to Fair View it was next door to my parents George and Jean Hughes. Your uncle Bill married my dads sister Iris and had the shop and travelling shop in Burbhope. It was lovely reading about someone I knew. From Maureen Hughes.

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