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Im currently researching my family heritage. My father and grandfather were both born in Hetton Le Spring.Would anyone remember Robert and Hilda Lloyd and their children Robert (my father), Joseph, Hilda, John and Lawrence. My grandfather was employed as a "Hewer" at a local (...Read full memory)

I was born at no 2 Shop Row near the Philadelphia cricket club, and my grandad used to take me to watch the cricket. Could anyone tell me where I could find old photographs of Shop Row? Thank you, H.Robson

4 Gaweswell Terrace, Newbottle. Julia Nan Matthew Fallon where my grt grand parents and Hona was my mam's mam. Can the guy who asked about Cisely contact me - my name is Ian tel 0191 2660969 thax,

I remember Newbottle when there were four farms in the village, Hunters, Wheatmans, Coulsons, and Tindales. My grandparents Herbert and Rachael Flintoff worked for Hunters, many happy times were spent milking the cows, tattie picking, and snagging turnips. I remember camping out on the swing banks, me, Eddie (...Read full memory)

I have looked up on the 1911 census and my mam Cicely Fallon lived in 4 Gaweswell Terrace, Newbottle. My granda was a miner, a hewer, can anyone tell me what a hewer did? His name was Matthew Fallon. My gran was Julie, she was born in Newbottle. Other siblings were Matthew jr , Honor and Annie. I don't have my gran's (...Read full memory)

I was born in Bowlby Street in 1953 and have seen all the changes made since then, I still live in Houghton now. One of my fond memories was going to the ice-cream parlour which is now the old Woolworth's site to buy an ice-cream cone for my older brother, but the weather was very warm and before I got home, well the (...Read full memory)

James O. Clazey and his wife, Charlotte lived at 4 Cambria Street from 1881 to the 1900s. James had been a schoolmaster and does not appear in the 1901 Census so somewhere before that time...he died. Charlotte had a grocer/confectionary business there. At one point, all the children worked in it. Children were: (...Read full memory)

My mother was born in Houghton le Spring and I came here many times with her and my brother.We always had great fun with her relatives, aunts, brothers etc. I've been back several times as a grown up and brought my own children. I will be returning soon.