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Historic Letters From Bedlington To New Zealand

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I have attached copies and a transcript of some historic letters sent from Bedlington in the 1840's courtesy of Janet Kelly in New Zealand.

Anybody have the replies in their loft? :P

Douglas Dixon Letters copies of originals part one.pdf

Douglas Dixon Letters copies of originals part 2.pdf

Douglas Dixon Letters transcripts.pdf

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I don't know about you but i've just spent a good part of the last hour reading these and consider them a truly fascinating insight into the age; they deserve some publicity, and thanks to the owner for allowing their publication.

One thing I want to know - and if anyone can help me I would be thankful - is the writer talks of building a Chapel (he was a member of the very new Free Church of Scotland) - where was it, or is it?

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the writer talks of building a Chapel (he was a member of the very new Free Church of Scotland) - where was it, or is it?

I'm trying to get in touch with David Cowans of the Local History Society so if I manage to find him I'll put that question to him. I'm hoping that maybe somebody from the history society would be interested in running the history hollow forum.

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The church I beleive became what was in the 60,s the "Dall Memorial Presberterian Church of England" up on the left towards the top end.............

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My Mam,s maiden name was Dixon and My Grandfather and GreatGrandfather on her side were both Alexanders and I do have relatives in New Zealand, maybe just coincidence???? it was very interesting to read the transcripts and get such a great insight into daily life in the 1840,s in Bedlington, especially as the Railroad was just beginning. Thank you

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The church I beleive became what was in the 60,s the "Dall Memorial Presberterian Church of England" up on the left towards the top end.............

Micky, Thanks, and I had originally thought that. However, the letters clearly state the Chapel would be opening in 1845; the Church you mention has a date stone standing to the left of the door that is dated in the 1870's, hence my confusion.

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Micky, Thanks, and I had originally thought that. However, the letters clearly state the Chapel would be opening in 1845; the Church you mention has a date stone standing to the left of the door that is dated in the 1870's, hence my confusion.

The only chapel i knew of in Bedlington was the one in Westlea cemetery?

http://www.bedlington.co.uk/community/index.php?app=gallery&module=images&section=viewimage&img=359

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Maybe some of the old maps of bedlington online would give us an idea,do you know where the dixons lived ??

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