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RAILWAY TOWN: A picture from the JW Armstrong Photographic Trust of the tracks at Bishop Auckland

Behind the Bishop Auckland railwaymen's banner

NOW A HOTEL: Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, was a maternity hospital from 1940 to 1968

In search of the first and the last to be born at Hardwick

ALL ACROSS: A policeman helps pedestrians across High Row – then, of course, part of the Great North Road

From the Owen Wicksteed Collection: Darlington in the 1950s

A print of Durham City from the 1700s. Picture: TOM BANKS (54487414)

An 18th Century panorama of Durham City at the book fair

Lt Robert Kind, 15 DLI, who was injured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Grandson's tribute to DLI Somme casualty, 100 years on

This undated picture was found in The Northern Echo archives

Uncovering the history of the Shildon railway sidings photo

WHO WAS BORN HERE? Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, in the early 1970s when it had been converted into a hotel

Who was born at Hardwick Hall?

Redcar, August 27, 1968 (54490030)

Old cars at Redcar

ART PUPILS: At Haughton Comprehensive in September 1985. From left to right: Nicola Ward, Andrew Beale, Graham Hall, Tracy Chipperfield and Iain Moncur (53869808)

From the Archive: Springfield School, Darlington

A History of Darlington Churches by Colin Wilkinson

Exhibition traces history of Darlington churches

IN THE SWIM: In Woodhouse Close leisure centre in 1960

Wonders of Woodhouse Close estate

RARE CAR: The Darlington mayor's Chrysler Coronado outside St Cuthbert's Church, March 30, 1967 – it had a municipal coat of arms painted on the rear doors

Mayor's motoring marvel

WELL ABLAZE: A crowd gathered on July 8, 1967, to see the drama at the Duplex garage on Grange Road, Darlington

Pictures: Darlington in the 1960s and 1970s and the fire that ripped through Duplex Motor and Cycle Company

Fred Jarrie, the Crook golakepper, punching the ball as Oliver of Bishop Auckland and Riley of Crook watch. FA Amateur Cup, first round, January 21, 1956 (53194287)

Cup final battering

OLD RAILWAY: The Black Boy branchline running out of Shildon and to Eldon in the Dene Valley. Picture courtesy of Mike Pedelty

On the track of the old Black Boy in Shildon

HEADLINE ACT: Gerry and the Pacemakers backstage at the Stockton ABC Globe Theatre on December 4, 1964 – bottom of the bill that night was an unknown London band called Davie Jones and the Manish Boys

Eastbourne School recalled, Bowie's North-East debut, and a star on Saddler Street

Cheapside, in March 1980, with an ICI petrol station on the left. The name “Cheapside” has nothing to do with low price - it comes from an Old English word “ceapan” which meant “to buy”. Cheapside is where you went to buy things - a market pla

Nostalgia: Shildon photos from The Northern Echo archives

COMMUNITY USE: A photo of Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, taken on October 19, 1934, when it had reached the end of its life as a private residence

Photos From The Archive: Hardwick Hall and Park, Sedgefield

JUNE 1959: It says on the back "A street in Shildon", but after its appearance last week, we know it is most definitely a street in Bishop Auckland

Woodhouse wonderings

TELEGRAM SAM: The telegram sent to David Bowie in Sunderland in 1972

Ziggy made my day... jamming good with Weird and Gilly

ABLAZE: Fire engines attend the Duplex garage in Grange Road, Darlington, on July 8, 1967. The light coloured building second from the right was the town's first purpose-built police station which opened for duty on August 24, 1846. In the background is t

The day Duplex blazed

POISONS FOR SALE: A late 19th Century view of South Terrace in Gainford – now known as High Green. John Corner's shop, where Battle's Vermin Killer was sold, was in the centre (51784934)

Death by poison: a Gainford whodunnit?

STONEBRIDGE TWO: Darlington's nine-arched bridge over the Skerne which Daniel Defoe crossed in 1727

Spanning the Skerne

LOTS OF SMOKE: A tar boiler probably caused this incident at Darlington's King's Head in 1981

Stuck 100ft up a ladder

DLI TRAINING: D Company of the 14th Durham Light Infantry in mid 1915 before they were sent to France

Ferryhill DLI man sacrificed himself in the trenches

Major James Wemyss, whose "cool courage and collectedness" won over a sceptical public

Waterloo hero who led the thin blue line

RICHMOND BOUND: Scorton station on June 2, 1952, with an Ivatt class 2 at the platform. The picture is by Jack Armstrong and courtesy of the JW Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust

St Cuthbert's wonderful well

TIMELESS PLACE: Silver Street has changed very little since this photograph was taken in July 1968 – even though it has been pedestrianised. The photographer is standing beneath the bay window of the four storey 1890s building which has the passage runn

From the Archive: Durham City

A souvenir postcard of the opening day of Redhills in 1915

A century of defeats and triumphs: celebrating the centenary of Redhills, Durham Miners' Hall

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Tom Hutchinson, of Bishop Auckland, has kindly sent us this Edwardian postcard, which was postmarked at 5.15am on December 25, although the year is not clear. The express card was sent by Annie in Pickering to Mr R Smith, Duncan Cottage,

Christmas sports got Santa's sack

THEN: The Empire Electric Palace Theatre in Crook

Of Empires and tittybottles

GASSED AND SHOT: Pte George Vitty of Fir Tree. Today’s front cover shows the Christmas postcard that his mother sent him, addressed to Ward C3 of 26 Field Hospital, where he was taken after he was gassed on December 19, 1915

How the DLI were attacked with gas at Christmas

HERDER: Robert Anderson at Wolsingham Show in 1958 with a cow from his Croxdale herd of pedigree friesans

Bishop Auckland outside left Robert Anderson was a bit of a showman

The Temple of Minerva, in Hardwick Park, Sedgefield

Counting down the days with Minerva

CABBAGES AND KINGS: The Walrus and the Carpenter, which may well have been inspired by Lewis Carroll's visits to Whitburn in Sunderland

Of cabbages and kings all sorts of things like sofas, fireplaces, rubies, tittybottles and why Chesterfield is in Darlington

OLD FRONT: The front of the Empire has been bashed about over the years

Bringing the Empire Electric Palace in Crook back to life

IN WONDERLAND: Alice Liddell, right, with her sisters Edith and Ina in 1858, by Lewis Carroll

On the wondrous trail of Alice

HAUNTED HOTEL: The King's Head in Darlington in the early 1930s, when the main door was still on High Row. Ghostly Albert the Butler is said to be extremely helpful to guests on the fourth floor

Christmas books: in search of the ghost-goose of Melsonby

IN SAFE HANDS: Kath Bryant, chairman of Darlington Choral Society, and conductor Richard Bloodworth with the baton

Darlington Choral Society's baton charge

NEW CROSSING: Fort Bridge in 1959 carrying road and rail over the new Catterick by-pass on the A1. Old pictures courtesy of the Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust

A bridge that showed much fortitude

EATING OUT: The Black Bull at Moulton in October 1969

Eating out in 1965: the Black Bull at Moulton

VILLAGE CENTRE: Melsonby in the 1930s looking towards St James' church

Melsonby: nuggets and notoriety

TWO FOR NEASHAM: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by Prince Harry inspect the Tower of London's poppies in August 2014

Dedication of Neasham's poppies

FULL CIRCLE: The cast for 1963's version of The Maid of Mountain's - the show that was the last that was produced in Darlington before the outbreak of the Second World War

Off to a Merrie start

RICH HISTORY: St Mary's RC Church, in Blackhill, Conset. Picture: TOM BANKS

Stormy start for St Mary's

BANTAM BATTALION: The 13th Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) which includes Fred Docherty, and possibly his brothers, George and Ernest. Picture courtesy of Darlington Centre for Local Studies

Darlington prisoner of war wrote to his parents asking for chocolate and toffee

MRS HENRY PEASE: Mary, who laid the Cockerton foundation stone on November 19, 1874

140 years of the loudest dragon

Sister Alice Welford

In memory of Sister Alice, of Crathorne and Basra

HEAD OF STEAM: The dress rehearsal of Titanic at Darlington Civic Theatre in April 2012. This DOS production featured an appearance by the Echo’s legendary editor, WT Stead, who was the most famous British person to drown on the Titanic

Going down a storm

THE FASTEST: Arthur Wharton in 1886 with the Prince Hassan Cup, when he became the British 100 Yard champion at Stamford Bridge and set what many consider to be the first ten second time in the world

Arthur Wharton: First and fastest

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