A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories

Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories

The photo 'Allenheads, Slag Hill Cottages c1965' appears in this book.

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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.

Memories of Allenheads, Slag Hill Cottages c1965

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 brothers Lloyd and Norman had already left for the Army. Maurice came along in 1950 by which time my ...see more

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