Allenheads, Ropehaugh c.1965

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Caption for Allenheads, Ropehaugh c1965: Situated at the head of the valley of the East Allen, Allenheads was an important centre for the lead-mining industry from the late 18th to the mid 19th century; the mines here produced around 14 per cent of the country's total output. The influx of mine workers brought with it an expansion of the village. New Houses was built in 1788, and Fawside Green and Dudley Place in 1790. Also dating from 1790 is Iceton House, which was once the pay office. There were even workings under the village itself, which were reached by way of a spiral incline.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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Mam and Dad, Lizzie and Edwin Ridley, moved into Slaghill (the cottage on the right of the picture) in 1948 when I was 3 years old. Dad died there in December 1978 and Mam moved up to Chapel Cottages soon afterwards. There were 3 of us children living there originally - Margaret, Yvonne and myself. My 2 elder (...Read full memory)

Mrs Brown's shop, at the far left of the picture, is where Mam used to take us for our weekly treat on a Saturday - to choose some sweets from a large selection in a line of big glass jars with ornate lids. Mrs Brown would put them in the shiny pan on her scales, adding the little bronze weights on the balance to get the (...Read full memory)

I spent many happy hours here, and our house was just up the road from here so I didn't have far to go and have great fun.

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Caption for Allenheads, Ropehaugh c1965: Situated at the head of the valley of the East Allen, Allenheads was an important centre for the lead-mining industry from the late 18th to the mid 19th century; the mines here produced around 14 per cent of the country's total output. The influx of mine workers brought with it an expansion of the village. New Houses was built in 1788, and Fawside Green and Dudley Place in 1790. Also dating from 1790 is Iceton House, which was once the pay office. There were even workings under the village itself, which were reached by way of a spiral incline.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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