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County Durham memories

Postman Standing on The Corner of Galgate West With John Street

Galgate West 1892, Barnard Castle
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The Postman is believed to be John Blenkinsop.

Five of the entrances to   ‘Barney’   have the word   ‘gate’   (meaning   ‘way’)   in their street names.   Galgate is the northern way into the town centre.   In the 1880’s the then Local Board of Health was much concerned with making it a more dignified approach, especially as this was the first street to be seen by visitors arriving by railway train.   This picture shows how well they succeeded.   (The iron railings, enclosing trees, lawns and flower-beds, were removed during the Second World War for armaments.)   Across the valley can be seen the old Roman road   (from Bowes to Binchester), upon which a section of Galgate was built.   Standing on the corner of John Street, to the left, is a Postman with his delivery pouch and a tall peaked cap; the laden horse-drawn carts are probably conveying coal from the railway goods yard; on the right, in front of the corner-shop, adjacent to the Public House, stands a Railwayman - a reminder that... Read more

Bowes Arms Public House

Galgate West 1892, Barnard Castle
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The building on the right of the photograph with the sign above the door is, I believe, the Bowes Arms Public House. My 3xgt grandparents, Martin and Ann Bell, were the licencees. When Martin died in 1883 Ann took over the licence until she died in 1903 when her youngest daughter then took over the licence. Eventually Martin and Ann's granddaughter became the licencee until the Bowes Arms closed. My gtgrandmother was Martin and Anne's eldest daughter. My grandmother was one of Martin and Anne's grandchildren. I have many happy memories of spending holidays with my grandmother in Barnard Castle, staying with our relations in the Bowes Arms.

The Parkinson Family

Main Mill 1914, Barnard Castle
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George Parkinson and his wife, Ann (nee Bowron) married:13.5.1845 at Rokeby Parish Church. After living and working at Balder Mill, just outside Cotherstone, the family moved to live at Desmesne Mill around 1853/4. The Mill has been renovated, but when The Parkinson family were there, they would have lived in the cottages. During their time at the Mill, another five children were born there, to add to their family of at least nine.

George and Ann were my Grandma, Hilda Parkinson's Grand-parents. George was born at Middleton Tyas around 1813 and Ann was born at Brignall around 1818. George was working at Brignall Mill, at the age of 25. Ann was the daughter of Anthony Bowron, who was a Blacksmith living at Cross Lanes, near Rokeby and Brignall.

George ended his working life as a Miller at Deepdale Mill, near Startforth and Lartington.
His son, George (junior), married Annie Ashmore and they lived in Bridgegate,... Read more

My Birth Place

Galgate West 1892, Barnard Castle
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I was born at Barnard Castle in 1946. My dad Norman Kay, worked for Tommy Carter who owned the brewery next to the Castle and we lived upstairs, before moving to the Bank. My parents also ran the Dance Hall for the soldiers. It's a long way from Colorada Springs USA, where I live now.

The Parkinson/Walker/Ashmore/Bowron And Related Families.

My grandmother Hilda Parkinson was born in No. 2, Baliol Street, Barnard Castle on the 26th of October, 1898. She was the first child of John George Parkinson and Libby Walker. John George Parkinson was born 3.10.1870 in Bridgegate and was the son of George Parkinson (Junior) and Annie Ashmore. John George Parkinson married Libby Walker (daughter of Joseph Walker (Tailor) and Sarah Fox (from Ulverston, in Lancashire) who lived in Winston, near Barnard Castle) on the 11th of July, 1896, at Winston. I would love to know where they lived in Bridgegate. George Parkinson (Junior) was born at Balder Mill, just outside Cotherstone on 24.3.1946 where the family lived until moving to Desmesnes/Desmesne/Main Mill on the side of the river at Barnard Castle. George Parkinson (Senior) and his wife, Ann (nee Bowron) later moved to Deepdale Mill at Startforth, where I have yet to find out when they died. Thomas Parkinson, brother of John George Parkinson married Rose Mercer and they had a very large family. If anyone knows anything... Read more

May Brown

The Corner Shop c1955, Gainford
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My Great Aunt May Brown ran this shop for many years in Gainford. She was housekeeper to the local Catholic priests prior to this.

Visiting This Shop

The Corner Shop c1955, Gainford
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I started Gainford School in 1954 & remember Miss Browns little shop crammed full with habberdashery, stockings (nylons) hankies, knitting-wool, etc., everything you could possibly want - an oasis in this small village. She was kind to us children, softly-spoken & had her hair tied up in a bun. We used to run up the steps on the left of the picture where the railings are to the Post Office the postmaster was Mr. Allen.

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