Memories of Corbridge
We moved to Prudhoe in 1947, I was 12 years old. My dad, Bill Turner RSM, took over the Drill Hall in Swallow Close. I thought it was wonderful as we had relatives in Prudhoe, plus a grandma, Mary Ann Turner. I was born in Crawcrook in my mother's family home, her mother was Catherine Hogg of Dons House, Bank Top, Crawcrook. It was in the Sept when we moved from Walker. I remember going to Prudhoe West School and the terrible winter of '47; the snow was so deep the people had to dig a passage for us to go to school. I also remember going with friends in the warmer weather to the bluebell woods, we don't have bluebells woods here in Western Australia. I moved here with my late husband and family in January 1963 but I shall always remember the bluebells .
I was born in Dilston Nursing Home in May 1942. My uncle lived at Dilston House which is now luxury self-catering accommodation. We returned many times during the 1940s and 1950s and I remember wading at the edge of the Devils Water.
As I was approaching my 7th birthday at the end of November 1943, my mother (Nan Mackie) was taken from our row house home at 34, Briar Edge, Forest Hall, nr Newcastle-on-Tyne to Dilston Hall, Corbridge, where she gave birth to my sister Dorothy, November 1st. As my dad (Tommy Mackie) had to go to his work as a miner in a local colliery, I was in the care of an elderly, family spinster friend, who was staying while my mother was confined (as it was referred to back then.) The dear soul had no idea how I should be dressed nor fed...I remember what a wonderful time I had during the ten days my mother was away and my dad was at work, plus traveling when he could, to see my mother and newest addition to our little ...Read full memory