Langley Park, The Town c.1955

Memories of Langley Park


I am trying to get in touch with men I worked with at Langley Park Pit where I worked with my pit pony, pulling tubs of coal out of Wembley West from the coal face. Where men such as; George Garforth and Jacky Lawton were coal hewers. Paddy Riley and myself enjoyed the craick at bait time with Billy Shanks, the timber (...Read full memory)

What happened to some of the people I knew in my class when I was at Langley Park Junior Mixed School circa 1957? I left in 1957 to go to Durham Johnston School after the 11+ exam which split us all up! Names such as Keith Gregory, George Walton, Margorie Cowan, Wendy Smith, Joyce Debrick(?), Priscilla Joyce, Billy (...Read full memory)

My name is Rob Beilby and I grew up in Durham City from 1937 until 1966. I and my brothers Bryan and Jimmy lived in a pub called the "Angel Inn" at the top of Crossgate from 1937 until 1945 with our grandparents and mother, our dad was gone in the army to North Africa. I remember (...Read full memory)

I started work on the coal motor when I was 15 yrs old. The wagon had 4 compartments and so carried 4 loads of coal. When the driver raised the back of the wagon I ran back with my hammer and knocked out the pin holding the back shut, and out poured the coal. The driver's name was Frank Heppel who during WWII (...Read full memory)

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