Backworth Memories

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I was born in Holywell. My dad worked at the Fenwick Pit. We lived in the colliery houses there. Onr door only and the coal house and toilet across the street. The lights in the street were gas lit as were. the lamps in. the house. To get gas my parents had to put sixpennce in tge metre. One nightt the gas had gone put and (...Read full memory)

I was born in May 1950 at 85 Killingworth Avenue, Castle Park, Backworth. I was the only child in the street for a few years and I remember going into everyone's house for biscuits. I played with everyone's cats and dogs and played in their gardens. I remember my third birthday and watching the Coronation on my (...Read full memory)

Hello, this is not my memory as such more of a request for some info.  I have a photo taken 1937 of Backworth school celebration of the Coronation George VI ( I think). My dad is on it and I'd love to know who else.  Does anyone have a copy of this photo and can name others on it. many thanks

I remember old headmaster Mr rice. He had a navy blue morris minor. I left backworth in 1968 moving to cramlington. Kevin foster of 54 castle square

I Thomas Eskdale lived at castle park i had good time there,there was the burns,thomsons,massy,s if you lived in castle park you will know all that lived there from the 1950 and 1960.

Hello, I am trying to trace my grandmother's family, name Hanley. 13 children, lived Backworth, Newsham, Blyth, Tyne and Wear. All names I know are Alice, Lily, Lizzie, Derek, Ethel, Hannah & my gran Sussanah. She married my grandad who was from Newport S Wales, where I live. Sussanah would have been (...Read full memory)

i was born at 58 killingworth avenue castlepark backworth i loved it went potato picking with my mam and grandmar loved the ride on the lorry.loved the huge park my teacher was mrs carr she had a huge beehive hair do i was terrified of her .mr vaugne was my favorate. allways used to play in the old areiel shelters in the playing feilds susan fisher