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Memories of Willington
Doubt The Year (maybe 60)
Beside the end house was a single path. The house was occupied by Tommy Jewell I was in the same class as his daughter Pat. Next door was George Smailes the school master who was secretary for Willington when they won the Amateur cup. Frank Smailes was a good centre forward and played for Northern League clubs.
Somewhat puzzled by this photograph, if this is 55',where is Simpsons petrol station? HI Malcolm, I passed your comments to our archivist and she has changed the date to c1960 - these later images were not dated so we have to make educated guesses! I hope that this makes sense now. Regards, Editor.
My Great-grandfather William Edward Hodgson was born in Willington, Durham, England, 7 October 1860. He emigrated to the United States around his 21st birthday. He lived in Elizabeth, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He died 4 April 1947. At the time of his death, he still had a brother living in England.
I spent many happy days in Willington with my grandparents Billy and Hilda Davison who lived in Brown Avenue. I can remember my grandad taking me to the park on the estate and going on summer trips with the working mens club. I was absoluetly gutted when, after 20 years away i returned for my grans funeral to see Brown Ave and the rest of the estate had been demolished and felt that part of my childhood had gone.
I was brought up by my parents, Tom and Norah Hill in Willington, along with my 5 siblings. We moved from North Terrace to Brown Avenue on Dene Estate. I often went to play on the swings and top-hat just outside the Miners Welfare Hall. Sometimes I would sit and watch the men play bowls on the green, or the tennis players in the courts. My father would play billiards in the Welfare Hall on his days of leisure and mam would sit at home at her sewing machine making dresses for us 5 girls. My dearest memory was of my school days was my friend Anne Law, whom i'm ashamed to say I lost contact with after leaving school. I have a school photograph taken of Mrs. Whittles' class of Jackie Snowdon when Willington won the FA cup.
The Sweet Shop, Hight Street, Willington.
My grandmother, Joan Hobson (nee Charlton) owned the sweet shop here and ran it from about 1945 onwards, until the early 1960s. Her mother, Mrs Charlton, ran it before her. Joan was in the WAAF as a young woman, whilst her mother resided in Willington. After the Second World War she returned and lived with her mother in High Street, along with her husband. She went on to have 2 children, Elizabeth and Harry (Henry). Does anyone remember them at all? My mother, Elizabeth, has fond memories of playing out with local children, going down the burn and other things. She remembers going to a farm and helping with horses - can't recall the name however. I think they all moved away in the 1960s, sometime, about 1964. Joan died in 1980. It would be great to locate anyone who remembers her.
Born In Byers Green
I was born in Byers Green ( at the vicarage) in 1950, my dad was the Rector, Arthur Russen. I had four siblings, Margaret, John, Barbara & Michael (Deceased). We then moved to Hunwick where my dad became the Vicar & in 1956 we moved to Warham a small village in Nth Norfolk.