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Dalton and Gayles are a couple of hamlets in the shadow of the A66 which are united by a long history and a little village hall. Next weekend their joint village hall celebrates its 60th anniversary. In fact, the day it opened – December 10, 1953 – brought the villages back together after they were torn apart in the 13th Century.
2:24pm Monday 2nd December 2013
IN the 1973-74 season, Willington FC, with playermanager Brian Newton and assistant Jimmy Lee, reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for only the third time in the club’s history, and met Blackburn Rovers, from the Third Division, at home.
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ALSO republished is this booklet by the compiler of this supplement about the Denes area of Darlington, from the Peases who laid it out as their stately pleasuregrounds to the Orientallooking ladies who were caught by police collecting wild watercress from the beck’s banks in 1990. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Denes. The book is available only from the Echo’s office in Priestgate, Darlington – ask about getting a signed copy.
Shafts of Light – Mining art in the Great Northern Coalfield by Bob McManners and Gillian Wales (Gemini Productions, £14.95)
12:33pm Monday 2nd December 2013
THIS book has been out of print since 2004, which was the year it won an Arts Council award, and has been exchanging hands on websites for sums that even the Bishop Auckland authors consider ridiculous.
Thomas & William Whitwell and Thornaby Ironworks by Alan Betteny (Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society, £8)
12:32pm Monday 2nd December 2013
THIS is part of a series by the society and it looks at the large, and largely forgotten, ironworks that once occupied the loop of the Tees where Margaret Thatcher took her famous walk in the wilderness in 1987.
Whitwell Colliery: the history of mining and the community at Whitwell, County Durham, by ET Hancock (Shincliffe Local History Society, £7)
12:30pm Monday 2nd December 2013
WHITWELL Colliery should not be confused with Whitwell’s ironworks in Thornaby. The colliery was three miles east of Durham City, and exploded into life in 1836. Its existence was a brief, frenzied flicker, though. It employed 250 people and supported a population of 800, but it closed in 1875. Its small village of terraces was obliterated in the 1920s and its pitheaps were landscaped during the Second World War.
12:27pm Monday 2nd December 2013
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MEMORIES 153 contained photographs taken by the late Ray Dixon, of Darlington Media Group, shortly before the store’s closure. One photo featured the Co-op’s last manager sitting in his very grand boardroom.
11:57am Monday 25th November 2013
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IN the photograph, Dora is enveloped in a huge army greatcoat. It is buttoned up to her neck, its enormous collars flapping around her ears, the epaulettes sloping off her slender shoulders, and the long sleeves scrunched up around her elbows so that her hands are free.
11:27am Monday 25th November 2013
Ferryhill History Society has raided its archives once again to produce a calendar for the new year. One of its May pin-ups is Lance Corporal Arthur Dixon, who is pictured on a makeshift dais in the Market Place in 1916 being presented with a bravery medal.
11:34am Monday 25th November 2013
4:39pm Monday 18th November 2013
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MEMORIES 145 looked at the story of Paton and Baldwin, the wool factory at Darlington’s Lingfield Point which was built in the late 1940s. At its peak, the firm employed more than 3,000 people – many of them female. Indeed, one of the reasons P&B chose to move from its base in Halifax to Darlington was the abundance of female workers at a loose end while their husbands did heavy labour in the area’s industries.
3:46pm Monday 18th November 2013
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THE railways carried the soldiers off to the First World War frontline, and then they brought many of them home again – on ambulance trains. From February 1915 to February 1919, 1,260,506 casualties were handled by railwaymen at Dover: they unloaded 4,076 boats full of injured men and loaded them onto 7,781 ambulance trains.
3:20pm Monday 11th November 2013
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THE headstone is one of the few still standing in the former Winterton asylum graveyard on the road to Fishburn. It’s an eerie place in its isolation, largely forgotten and increasingly overgrown, but at least the grass is trimmed to ankleheight.
2:45pm Monday 11th November 2013
SO regular was their mother in attending bravery award ceremonies at B u c k i n g h a m Palace, that on the second occasion that she marched up to the king to receive a VC on behalf of her dead boys, he said: “What, you again!”
12:39pm Monday 4th November 2013
WINSTON is a lovely village of low cobbled cottages huddled high above the River Tees. It is hard to imagine that 100 years ago, its fields were full of miners and its steep bank to the river had an extraordinary rickety railway running down it.
12:33pm Monday 4th November 2013
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12:29pm Monday 4th November 2013
MOST of the videos are from the 1980s or 1990s. Before a videos is uploaded, the organisers like to get in touch with the artists, and so they are looking for members of two bands: Verba Verba and Boxing Compass were two groups in the mid-1980s who comprised some of the same people, in a particular a brother and sister who were from Newton Aycliffe.
12:24pm Monday 4th November 2013
3:42pm Monday 28th October 2013
THE process never stops. New stories come to light all the time and add to a rich wealth of folk culture. Sources for these tales can be found in newspapers, graveyards, paintings and museums – wherever nuggets of information reside.
12:00pm Monday 28th October 2013
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2:57pm Monday 21st October 2013
EVERYONE is familiar with the Christmas Truce, the spontaneous pause just months into the First World War during which opposing troops shook hands, exchanged souvenirs and, most famously, played football.
2:40pm Monday 14th October 2013
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2:29pm Monday 7th October 2013
ABOUT £70,000 is still needed by the team behind the superb renovation of the Witham Hall. But in trying to raise it, they certainly won’t be following the example of Harry Witham, in whose memory the building was put up in Barnard Castle in 1854.
2:17pm Monday 7th October 2013
12:03pm Monday 7th October 2013
PAPERS concerning Ripon Grammar School dating from 1540, governors’ meeting minutes from 1623 and examinations and school magazines from throughout the ages will soon be available at the click of a button.
11:55am Monday 7th October 2013
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GENERAL ELECTION: CONSTITUENCIES
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough