Allenheads, Slag Hill Cottages c.1965

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Caption for Allenheads, Slag Hill Cottages c1965: The somewhat interestingly named hamlet of Dirt Pot lies just one mile north of Allenheads. It was here, dur- ing the heyday of the lead mining industry, that the lead was smelted in a mill, though the only intact remnant today is the peat house. On the Coalcleugh road from Dirt Pot was the Slag Hill limekiln, which consisted of two elliptical-plan kiln pots. Most of the cottages and small holdings were originally built for mine workers.

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, Slag Hill Cottages c1965: The somewhat interestingly named hamlet of Dirt Pot lies just one mile north of Allenheads. It was here, dur- ing the heyday of the lead mining industry, that the lead was smelted in a mill, though the only intact remnant today is the peat house. On the Coalcleugh road from Dirt Pot was the Slag Hill limekiln, which consisted of two elliptical-plan kiln pots. Most of the cottages and small holdings were originally built for mine workers.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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