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Memories of Horden

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Horden 1930s

St Mary's Church c1955, Horden
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I was born in 1928 at 20, Cotsford Crescent, the third son of a miner William Holmes. All his brothers were miners and myself and my brothers worked underground. I remember Lumleys shop as it was not far away and Mr. Lumley refused to sell me a penny box of matchs that my dad had sent me for as I was only six years old. It was about that time when a Scottish Regiment marched by to the sound of the bagpipes, they camped for the night at Blackhall. They were on the way to Hartlepool for sailing to India. I think it was 1933 when the airship R101 flew over Horden out to sea on its way to the Continent. I went to the infant school along Sunderland Road, on the way I passed the garage, it sold Cleveland petrol at 11.5 pence (old money) a gallon. I can remember an uncle taking me along to the colliery one Friday to get his wages when a handcart went by, pushed... Read more

The Child Richard Makinson

St Mary's Church c1955, Horden
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I was born March 1947 in Guildford Surrey, my father was a serving soldier based in Aldershot. When I was two years old I was sent away to live with my fathers parents in Horden, "family politics". So here I am a grandchild with no siblings in a strange place and what a place no garden but a front step that was hollystoned weekly, a back yard that held a Coal store, an outside " the only toilet" and the bath hanging on its nail by the back door, this door opened directly into the kitchen to the left was a large belfast style sink fed only by a cold tap a little further on and taking up that whole corner was the " copper " a large receptacle for boiling water " with its own fire underneath, the next corner was taken up by the poss tub and then along this wall was the kitchen range where all the cooking was done and in front of it was where... Read more

My Dads Memories

St Mary's Church c1955, Horden
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My father is from Horden, born 1928 November, had two step brothers. Johnson was my fathers name, Hill was his brother's, Singer he was and Naisbett was the other brother's name - all miners. My grandmother was a Johnson, my other Nana was an Edwards with children Lucy, Harry and Pearl. They lived in Cotsford Park, Fourth Street and lots of other places in Horden. My grandad, Bobby, was a pitmans champion boxer, played cricket down the red reck when they were a bowler short, even in his slippers and has a stand named after him - very proud of him any one knows or wants to reminise.

Christmas at Hordern

St Mary's Church c1955, Horden
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When I was three we moved from Horden to Coventry, my father Reuben Dinning was a miner. My first memory was visiting my grandparents, Will and Lydia Martin. They lived at 2 Ash Crescent. I also remember holidays at Crimdon Dean. I was amazed to be able to see the sea from the landing window of my granparents' house. There was no sea in Coventry. Sadly it has been 40 years since I visited Hordon and all the old people have gone. Sadly so have my parents, Reuben and Elizabeth Dinning. I still have found memories of my time in Horden as my brothers Billy, Philip. Joan Bonsor

St Marys

St Mary's Church c1955, Horden
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Can anyone elaborate please, on the so called bloodstain on the roof near the spike? When I was young and living in Horden (late 1960s) I was told it had something to do with a young boy who climbed onto the roof to retrieve his lost budgie. Did anyone else hear this tale? And is there any truth in the rumour?

Horden Memories

St Mary's Church c1955, Horden
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I was born in Horden in 1946 (Elizabeth Lumley) and my father (George Lumley) (and his father before him) ran Lumley's grocery store which was on the bank top (21 Beech Terrace - now a house but the United bus stop is still callled Lumley's) just after you enter Horden from Blackhall. We moved from Horden in 1954 when my father's health broke down but I was a bridesmaid at this church circa 1951. Sadly both of my parents are now dead so I do not even know the name for the bride and groom though I think they will still be around. I have the wedding photograph and can still remember standing on the church steps.

My grandfather (Henry Lumley) started off as a miner - I think they lived in 13th Street and started running a shop from there in the late 1930s. From there he moved to Beech Terrace and set up as a grocer.

I was 8 when we left Horden but still have... Read more

Horden And St Marys Church

St Mary's Church c1955, Horden
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My mum was born in March 1931 in the Easington Colliery area, 26 Boyd Street, and was the youngest of 5.  All the men in the family were miners - they lived close to Easington and Horden for work. The two elder sisters, Doris and Greta (named after the Greta Bridge in Rokeby), were away from home for the latter part of the war years working in bigger towns.  My Aunt Greta never returned to live in the north east, finally settling in Telford. The family were very musical.  As part of the "war effort" my grandma, Alice Mosey, put on charity concerts at the Hall in Horden (Salvation Army I think) in which she used to recite poems and monologues (in dialect) she had written herself. Along with other "local talent", my mum and her brothers used to join in the entertainment and my grandad Mark Mosey, who was in the ARP at that time, as part of his contribution provided a blackout curtain for the stage! My mum... Read more

to Kareen Surtees

St Mary's Church c1955, Horden
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Hi Kareen.
I am interested in what you said about your mam and dad's burial and wedding.
The wedding of your parents I'm sure was Rev W.H. Walton before he died.
And when your father was buried in 1980 Fr Alan Bowser, I'm certain of this because I started serving on the alter around about that time. Hope I've been helpful to you. David Lee.
I started serving at the altar of St Mary's church. My memories were lovely ones of friends I knew over the years, my old priests that I have worked with, what a joy to do what I did. The places we visited as a parish. Oberamagou 1970 and 1980.  Everything we did was satisfying in many ways. My late mam and dad did their bit, Tom and Freda Lee as verger, Dad did the garden, I helped when able. Loads of memories. My sister got maried there, I myself got married to my late wife Carol in 1986. Sadly now I can... Read more

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