Durham, St Oswald's Church 1918
Memories of Durham
JAMES THURLOW WAS MY GT GT GT GT GRANDFATHER, BORN 1752 .HE DIED 1820 AND WAS BURIED IN THE CHURCHYARD OF ST MARY THE LESS WITH HIS FIRST WIFE MARY WHO DIED 1803, AND SARAH , HIS DAUGHTER BY HIS SECOND WIFE MARGARET THIS CHURCHYARD WAS RESERVED FOR TRADESPEOPLE AND NOTABLES, AND JAMES WAS AN INNKEEPER, AT "THE HORNS" MILLBURNGATE, WHICH WAS DEMOLISHED BEFORE THE NEW SHOPPING CENTRE WAS BUILT
My first memories of Durham is being taken be my aunty Audrey and uncle Alan. They had instructions to buy my sister and I a tartan skirt from the market. I remember having a boat ride on the river Wear. Durham is my 'Tara', the place where I need to return to to get my inner peace restored.
In 1959 I was a poultry student at Durham school of agriculture (Houghall) on the out skirts of the city. I lived at the college for nearly a year. My memories of my time there and times spent around the city are still fresh in my mind. Places like the ice rink, all the old streets and shops,walking up Silver Street ...Read full memory
I was a pupil at the Tin School in Gilesgate Moor staring in 1954, leaving in 1961. It was at the crossroads of the road that now leads to Tesco, but opposite was the Durham District Services garage where my dad was a driver. I remember playing in the air raid shelters in the playing fields with the sausage ...Read full memory