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Caption for Witton Gilbert, The War Memorial From The Woods C1955: This photograph shows Witton Gilbert's war memorial in its original position on part of the dene on a popular and well used walk down to a bathing hole where people used to swim, and where parents brought their children to picnic. The school was nearby and the children could see the memorial from the school yard, and workmen going to Bearpark Colliery passed it on their way to work every day. This important monument has now been relocated close to the centre of the village.

Memories of Witton Gilbert, the War Memorial from the Woods c1955

The War Memorial stood at the bottom of what was called the "Camels Hump" in "The Dean" - a wild adventure playground for all us kids. The Hump was used for sledging down in winter and rolling down in summer. At the top of the picture behind the trees was the vicarage paddock, (...Read full memory)

My great-great-grandfather, John Mingins, was a tailor living in Witton Gilbert with his family. Unfortunately, in December 1853 an Irish navvy, Michael O'Brien, picked a fight with John outside the butcher's shop and consequently John was injured and died one week later. Michael O'Brien was found guilty of (...Read full memory)

I remember this photo well as I was born and brought up in Witton Gilbert. I was born in 1949 in Cheviot House at the bottom of Greens Opening, a very short walk from the Dene. I went to the "Tin School" which was the Infants school and now forms part of the by-pass which desecrated the village. I was (...Read full memory)

The stream in front of the war memorial ran down to the Browney river a few hundred yards below the Dean, where half of the Witton school kids learned to swim in deep pools created by dams made by Harry Bell and Davy Reynolds, they were much older than me and both very good swimmers and catapault makers. A lot of (...Read full memory)

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