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History

MYSTERY PICTURE: Taken in 1955, we now know this is Kirkbridge House, or Stanwick Old Hall

At home on Eleanor's estate

TRAVELLING WEST: A Q6 locomotive at Preston-le-Skerne, with the large electricity station, which once provided the power for the Shildon to Newport line, in the distance. This picture was taken on April 5, 1963, by Dave Burdon, before the line closed on J

On the track of the electric locos

BRIDGE END: A horsedrawn tram waits at the top of Woodland Road, Darlington, in about 1902. Behind it is the old humpback bridge into Cockerton

From the Archive: Cockerton, Darlington

ON THE BALL: The summer of 40 years ago this weekend proved a memorable one for County Durham bowlers

Outstanding bowling figures of Evening Despatch's Fives and Fifties column in 1975

PAST TIMES: Dryburn Hall circa 1900, towards the end of its time in the ownership of the Wharton family. Picture courtesy of Gilesgate Archive/Michael Richardson

Rise and imminent fall of Mr Durham's pride and joy

DOWAGER’S HOME: Stanwick Hall was demolished in the 1920s and now only outbuildings remain

From The Archive: Stanwick, Aldbrough, Eppleby and Caldwell

TRAGIC HISTORY: Clarence Street, in Bowburn, today. Picture: TOM BANKS

Bowburn: A village of widows and spinsters

MAGICAL MAN OF MYSTERY: Professor Norton, and his wife Martha

Professor George Norton: who do you think you are?

ROADWORKS: The Milburngate bridge in Durham – currently being refurbished – when it was being constructed in 1967, with a strange A35 on the right

Riding with an A35

ALL ABOARD: A train arrives at Piercebridge station from Barnard Castle. The half-timbered stationmaster's house on the left still stands as a private residence, but everything else has gone

The day a princess slept in Piercebridge sidings

PRAMS IN THE PARK: A delightful scene from July 1966 by the River Skerne in Darlington's South Park, with the famous carpet bedding decorating the slopes

Marital strife, park ghosts and railway tragedy

IN HIS HEYDAY: Gordon Franklin, far left in the front row, in the Etherley team that won the Mid Durham Senior League and Northern Echo Cup in 1938

Etherley's big hitter Gordon Franklin

Augustus Sussex Barningham, 1827-1887

A revolutionary – in France and on farm

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN? Professor Norton, and his wife Martha

In search of a magical man of mystery

LINED UP: Bo-Bos Nos 10, 7 and 5, with No 13 in the paintshop at Darlington's North Road shops

Back on board the Bo-Bos

WIDE LOAD: Taken on the Leeming and Londonderry by-pass on October 19, 1961, the day after the northbound A1 opened

It's a long way to Londonderry...

EARLY CLASSROOM: A magnificent picture showing every boy sitting very still in Westwick Lodge, Barnard Castle

100 years of Barnard Castle Prep School memories

BLOOMING GIANT: Lady Starmer was president of the Darlington Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, and she is pictured in the 1960s with a new variety, the Cecily Starmer, which had been named after her

A lady's generosity, eccentricity and bad driving

LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK: A History of Darlington Churches by Colin Wilkinson

New book about Darlington church history launched

NON-STARTER: Bo-Bo No 13 being built in the North Road works in Darlington in 1919

Of Bo-Bos and fancy bridges

INSPIRED BY OSSIE: The Tees Valley Jazzmen, with Keith Belton on the piano with his brother Gavin beside him

A rae of light about Ossie

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EDWARDIAN: Piercebridge station about 100 years ago. Picture courtesy of Mike Stow of Gainford

All aboard for Piercebridge

ON THE TRACK: Ian Walker races his Yamaha TZ750 round the Tower Bend at Croft circuit in 1980

Champion of the track

DARLINGTON-MADE: Ken Jones, organiser of the open gardens, and Les Sutton-Haigh, in one of the renovated Victorian glass houses at Ingleby Arncliffe. Picture: STUART BOULTON

A tower without an inferno

THE OLD KENNELS: Between Middleton St George and Sadberge: but were they haunted?

Brave soldiers and haunted kennels

NO PARKING: Bishop Auckland Market Place in 1968

Parking prosecution of a stall-holder

HEAT OF BATTLE: Wellington leading the charge at Waterloo on June 18, 1815

Waterloo 200: An obelisk and a headstone

OLDEN DAYS: This is believed to be the St John's Church branch of the Mothers' Union in Darlington, which commemorated its 25th anniversary in 1933

Great pagentry: 125 years of the Durham Mothers' Union

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An Edwardian postcard of Darlington - but which one?

Where in the world in Darlington?

REVEALED: Who was the girl with the coffee cup next to the Gaggia expresso machine in Rossi's cafe in Bishop Auckland in 1973?

Gagging for news about the Gaggia

FRONT COVER PICTURE: The vehicle is coming down Carlbury Bank from Darlington on the A67 in about 1910. On the right is Bank House, which still stands, and in front of it is the bridge over Piercebridge Beck which, disused, also survives. On the corner be

The rise and fall of Carlbury

OLD CHURCH: St Mary's in Staindrop in the 1960s. In Anglo-Saxon times, it was dedicated to St Gregory

The stonemason, the dog and the messenger of death

WATER TOWER: Next Saturday, seven gardens around Hurworth Green are open for inspection – including the Teesside Pleasure Gardens, where the water feature was fed by the tower in this picture

Footie on Hurworth green

CLOSED CAFE: The Londonderry Lodge, with the fading letters "CAFE" painted on the roof

Curiosities seen from the saddle

WAR STORY: The front of the ration book which belonged to Jane Ross of Sadberge

A ration book and a ghost story

LAW AND ORDER: Before it became the Duplex garage and showroom on Grange Road, this was Darlington's first purpose-built police station, with subterranean cells. It opened on August 24, 1846. In the early 1990s, it was dismantled and rebuilt

From the Archive: Lost Darlington

RIVER DAYS: This picture was taken on August 6, 1964, when warm weather gave Barnard Castle youngsters to enjoy the new dam that had just been constructed in the Tees by the river board. The castle forms the main backdrop, but peeping above the treetops t

From the Archive: Barnard Castle

RENACTMENT: A play four years ago told the story of Pte Simpson’s heroism on the Gallipoli beaches

The incredible bravery of one man and his donkey

FLOAT ON: "Pushus No 20,000" seems to be a comic take on "Hush Hush No 10,000" in this photograph from the Darlington Railwaymen's Carnival, probably from 1930 when Hush Hush was new on the tracks

How Pushus came to Hush, and other railway-related stories

THE FIRST: Clara Curtis Lucas was Darlington's first female councillor, elected in 1915

100 years since Darlington's first "lady councillor" was elected

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ELECTION DAY DRAMA: Whessoe Parish Hall found itself catapulted into the national headlines on May 7 when the Ukip candidate was cut off the Darlington ballot paper

Whessoe's 15 minutes of election fame

OLD SALT: A boat in Whitby Harbour caught the Old Skipper's eye

From the Old Skipper's Archive: Part 2

THE HIPPODROME (1909-1966): Now a bingo hall, this picture was taken when it was part of the Essoldo group – The Longest Day film, which is advertised on the wall, was released in 1962. The rare photo will be included in Tom Hutchinson's latest book on

The lost cinemas of Bishop Auckland

ON THE GREEN: The white building on the left is the former Hurworth post office but when this picture was taken in June 1971, it was being used by Sherwoods. Behind Wild's wagon, which is turning into what is now Greenside Court, can be seen two petrol pu

Posting a letter to Sherwoods in Hurworth

CIGAR CARTOON: Winston Churchill, and an unusual V sign, was the main illustration on the Evening Despatch's front page on May 8, 1945

How we celebrated VE Day 70 years ago

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GOING DOWN: The sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, from the Illustrated London News

"The Darlington survivors of the Lusitania murder" 100 years ago

SOARING RAILWAY: Sandsend viaduct, near Whitby, was built by the Skerne Ironworks

The rise and fall of the Skerne

CHARMING FARM: John Young's painting of what Little Burdon looked like in its heyday, with the main road between Darlington and Stockton running past its front door

Large mystery about Little Burdon

CHARITY PARADE: The Old Skipper appears to be hanging from an upstairs window in Darlington's North Road and pointing his camera northwards at the Railwaymen's Carnival comes down the street. He's looking towards the railway bridge.

From the Old Skipper's archive: Darlington in the 1930s

BY-ELECTION BUST-UP: Mr Spence, left, during the Darlington March 1983 by-election after he'd switched from Labour to the SDP/Liberal Alliance. In the centre is former Labour Foreign Secretary David Owen and right is the Alliance's candidate in Darlington

Colourful and controversial – meet "Mr Darlington"

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