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  1. Update on West Lea Cemetery. Work on the new drainage system started today. Good start more to do! video-1623851069.mp4
    4 points
  2. @Cannylass thanks for providing some great quiz questions in the weekly quiz. Definitely appreciated by the group. Perhaps in the darker days of winter you will find time to put some more quizzes together even if not weekly. On behalf of the group a huge THANK YOU.
    3 points
  3. Taken today 13/6/2021:
    3 points
  4. Humford baths. There were no trees at the A pit.
    3 points
  5. Definitely Bedlington east end, just a few doors along from Millne. Feasters were the first outlet for Westridge School uniforms. I'm afraid I can't confirm Bonzo's origins.
    3 points
  6. Answers to last week's quiz: 1. The transistor 2. Peterhouse 3. Lipstick on your collar 4. Handcuffs 5. Yogi bear 6. Tiger Woods 7. Chest 8. Mary I and James I 9. Greenwich Mean Time 10. Potage 11. Edinburgh 12. Pentland Firth New quiz tomorrow.
    3 points
  7. ps. forgot to say the last file input to the OCR was a selection from your comments from the Bates album - all converted - nee bovver👌
    3 points
  8. Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Brisket 2. George V 3. Rivers 4. Jerusalem 5. Night and Day 6. Flyweight 7. Fish farming 8. Prince Henry 9. J F Kennedy 10. 1929 11. Sheep 12. Bill Bixby New quiz tomorrow!
    3 points
  9. Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Rain 2. Nutwood 3. Spinks 4. Germany 5. Plum 6. 1989 7. Central Park, New York 8. Carly Simon 9. Macbeth 10. South China Sea 11. Olaf Palme 12. Fashion New quiz tomorrow.
    2 points
  10. Andy's photos, and Jojo's,, definitely the stepping stones next to Humford Baths.
    2 points
  11. Ive long ago argued the case for imposing passport controls on the Stakeford, Plessey and River Blyth Bridges! AKA..................Passport to Pimlico......
    2 points
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  13. Must be an early one @Andy Millne - that's the only one Iv'e seen where the chimney from the Water Works still exists when the place was converted to the swimming baths.
    2 points
  14. Feastens or Fewstwrs - what's the odd letter or two between friends? However, I, and @lilbill15 definitely bought our knickers in Moldens on the left of the 'arcade'.
    2 points
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  16. @Andy MillneDoes your family have any connections with USA? One of the magazines on the stand is The Delineator. This was an American woman’s “Journal of Fashion, Culture and Fine Arts” which was published in New York 1873 – 1930 before merging with Pictorial Review. This may help to date and place the photo. Also, we can read on the window: “ Victor, [FRENCH C]USTARD, [ICE] CREAM” (Text in square brackets is my suggestion). Victor French Custard Ice Cream was, according to Wiki, from a Californian company and anything to do with the company seems now to be very collect
    2 points
  17. Answers to last wek's quiz: 1. A Farrow 2. 1,500 metres 3. South Island 4. Paris 5. Drums 6. Mrs. Bridges 7. Keith Reid and Gary Brooker 8. Robert the Bruce 9. Caesar 10. Cricket 11. Helium 12. Apple New quiz tomorrow.
    2 points
  18. Hey Malcolm, you man the barricades, I’ll make the sandwiches. I’m not a fan of the Berwick lady but she’s on the same track: instead of contemplating our neighbours’ navels let’s identify our place within the national picture 🤗x
    2 points
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  20. This may or may not be Bedlington but there is a suspicion that the dog may be the original "Bonzo"
    2 points
  21. Then & Now (Google Street View 2020)
    2 points
  22. @Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) I'm working on gathering info to go with these photos but everyone please feel free to comment if you have any insight. I also have a private album here with other family photos from Lairds House and elsewhere around Bedlington going back to 1893 that I'll move over to public albums once I've sorted through them for any with public interest.
    2 points
  23. The photo is taken from No 4 Old Colliery Row looking up towards the Black Bull. The gable end behind Mr Hemsted is No 6 Bell’s Place and this can also be seen in the google maps photo looking at the same view about 100 years later. The section of Bell’s Place that was demolished in the late 1940’s ran parallel and behind Old Colliery Row. To the right of the row were the toilets, and gardens. There was gas lighting and a couple of outside taps - no electricity.
    2 points
  24. There is a History Society in Bedlington, that I know of. A chap called David Cowans is the Chairman. I no longer live in Bedlington but take a great interest from a distant.
    2 points
  25. Looks as they're about to start building - see article in The Engineer today: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/interview-britishvolt-cto-allan-paterson/ I started this as a new topic as I couldn't find a previous post about it (I did do a 'rough and dirty' search).
    2 points
  26. Morning Vic - can't see any way around the problem when loading the system. I had a Google search and the Microsoft site seems to be the best way at finding a solution. Once upon a time I would attempt to recreate a problem as I found it was the best way to learn how to get out of it. These days I wouldn't dare as the operating systems etc. have changed so much and the new terminology (even though it is just replacing terms we used to use) is confusing. This is the address of the Microsoft site, that you may already have looked at :- https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/win
    2 points
  27. @lilbill15 I only manage the simple additions to maps and photos and I've no idea how to go about it on a mobile phone. However, here is a simple tip given to me many years ago by one of the grandchildren (then 11 yréars old): "just put a button or something on the spot you want me to look at and then take a picture so you can send it to me". That was to do with pointing out something on a document when I didn't know how to mark text for copying on a mobile phone but it would work well on a map I would imagine. It also obliviates the necessity of writing/making marks on your document/map.
    2 points
  28. @lilbill15 - @Alan dicksonstil a member but hasn't visited the group since July 23rd 2014 - you will find him on the Barrington, Barnt' n memories and stuff!! Facebook group where he is the Admin = https://www.facebook.com/groups/958444760904321 @Canny lass - the photo you were asking about is just before the railway lines where the Choppinton Railway Station used to be. There is a short terrace just before the railway lines and the house + Equestrian Centre in @lilbill15's photo was just built a couple of years ago.
    2 points
  29. Eh Alan!,a appreciate aal ya efforts here,noo gaan off the faded files wat didnt recognise,a think that's wat wud be the case wi me book one,done wi the fineline pen.A used that pen,thinking it wud mek a neater job,with the intention of only finishing the whole project for me Wife and Two Sons reading only. Aav had that much interest from a lot of me extended family,some of who are ex-coalminers also,and a lot of me Marras from the pits aav worked at,plus ye kind folks on wor forum,that a started ti think seriously aboot Publishing it,till a read that the Publishers usually want a few c
    2 points
  30. Hi Folks! Alan,many thanks for that bed time reading! A think my best bet is to first scan the pages,like it says ,if only to preserve a clear image,as the ink IS starting ti fade. A haven't had books one and two oot the carrier bag in the drawer where they are kept,for a few years..time flies!!..and a took them oot yistidi mornin',ti let wor lass read them,and book one one was written wi a fineline pen,and aam sure it looks faded aalriddy. Aa started reading book one ,just ti check it oot, a few pages like,and a got absorbed and interested in thi bugga...and a thowt...it's MY story,and
    2 points
  31. Waatcheor lilbill15! As everybody on the forum knaas, aal my recollections of my Childhood and comments on mining years, are totally and explicitly from memory, with nae references whatsoever taken from books, other than things like the Spec of Bucyrus Eerie, The Draglines, at Ewart Hill, then later, Acorn Bank Opencast Coal Sites. Thanks fo ya kind words, Marra, my time is being taken now, caring for my Disabled Wife, 24/7,so my book has been on hold for a lang time, Book one has been finished for a year or two, which Chronicles my life from as young as Two and a half yrs old, until I leave
    2 points
  32. Now, I've located the map I was looking for! Ewe herd Hill goes back much further than 1820. here it is on what, according to me, is a very beautiful map of the area from 1769:
    2 points
  33. @HIGH PIT WILMA if you haven’t published yet it’s high time you did. Your beautiful description of the site and especially the movement of the machine is almost poetic, while reading it I could see it as if I was there. Who needs dvds when such graphic written records are available. I’ll be looking for more of your posts during my rummagings in Bedlington then and now, if that’s ok. x
    2 points
  34. Apropos Ewart Hill, did you know that it was originally called Ewe herd Hill? I've always thought of Ewart as family name but Ewe herd Hill was clearly a way of describing a landscape feature ( a hill where there were shepherds living or working). Here it is on Fryer's map of 1820:
    2 points
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  36. Not that I'm aware of. A fletcher makes arrows. However, Fletcher is a common family name so probably the presumed butcher's/fishmonger's surname.
    1 point
  37. When the plant gets a mention on the TV news I keep shouting Cambois😱
    1 point
  38. I think this confirms it - 1920 photo of Front Street West from Evan Martin's book, The Archive Photographs series - Bedlingtonshire, page 14.
    1 point
  39. I need to correct my drawing of Front Street east. Thanks to Andy's wonderful photo collection I can now see that the off-licence wasn't situated between Millne's and Molden's as there is no shop between them. I can see now that at one time Feaster's has occupied both sides of the 'arcade' (the Feaster sign covers the whole length of Molden's and Feasters as I remember them). It must have been split into two outlets before my time. After Feaster's comes Carrs, but I've no idea what sort of shop it was. It seems too big for the off-licence. One photo shows Millne's gift shop directly to t
    1 point
  40. P.S. I voted for you recently, 👍🏻x
    1 point
  41. Yes, it's next door to the Northumberland Arms. What is now the "Game On" games shop and was a florists for a while.
    1 point
  42. From the album: Millne's Cycle & Radio Stores

    © Copyright ©2021 James Millne

    1 point
  43. Herea re two OS maps. The first, from 1866, shows Sunnyside but it seems to be an area name. There are no rows of buildings but maybe a small farm. The second map is from 1898 and there , for the first time, I can see both Station Terrace and Sunnyside. However, the name Sunnyside has moved to the new row of houses. It can be that locally the area is still referred to as Sunnyside, so you may well have heard the name used. Have a look at a bus timetable for the area. I've found in my research that many bus-stops tend to keep their old names.
    1 point
  44. Last pic? Ewart Hill viewed from blue house farm Lane end/Nedderton road junction.
    1 point
  45. That's a lovely photo! Reminds me of my childhood, hanging on the gate, waiting for the 'tankie' so we could wave to the driver.
    1 point
  46. You’re not wrong in thinking that the green letch has its origin near Ewart Hill and that it runs north towards Red House passing west Lea cemetery on the west - causing havoc with flooding at times - before reaching the eastern outskirts of Netherton Colliery. It then continued past the Francis pit where the ravine was very deep. At that point, there was a small wooden bridge crossing the letch and leading onward was a footpath which terminated at Northumberland and Westmorland Avenues. It terrified me as a child as it was so deep. Passing the Francis pit workings the Green letch continued no
    1 point
  47. In one of Evan Martin’s books, he says that Easton Homes was built in 1907 and was named after Emily Easton who financed the building of the 12 cottages as well as St John’s Church. She was a director of the Bedlington Coal Company, owners of the ‘Aad Pit’ (Bedlington ‘A’ colliery). The cottages were built for retired miners who had worked for the company for least 50 years.
    1 point
  48. Happy for the info to go onto websites but I've held back on putting any new pictures on here as I was alerted that some personal pictures had been claimed by others who then posted them elsewhere and possibly made a profit from them. It's a shame because it stops people adding to their own collections. Dad has hundreds of Bedlington pictures but has never tried to profit from them. We're happy to help people and have sent photos by personal message or email rather than posting them. This is a great website but possibly gets misused sometimes. Love the history hollow and Dad enjoys trying to
    1 point
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