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  1. WW1 Private James Bonner Archbold

    I included everything relating to his military record in my message. Can't help any further - sorry.
  2. WW1 Private James Bonner Archbold

    If you are a member of Ancestry.com you will find quite a bit information on James Bonner Archbold. He appears in the Archbold – Dodd family tree. It shows where he lived with his sister Alice A Archbold and other family members in the 1891 and 1901 census. You appear to be more interested in his army service and the records below are copied from the Archbold – Todd tree.This information may not be correct but it looks pretty convincing. UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records, 1760-1920 Name James Bonner Archbold Age 18 Birth Date abt 1886 Birth Place Bedlington Northumberland Service Start Year 1904 Regiment Gordon Highlanders Regimental Number 9551 Attestation Paper Yes Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current Name Pvt James Archbold Death Date 26 May 1915 Cemetery Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Burial or Cremation Place Ypres (Ieper), Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Has Bio? N URL http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10868064&ref=acom The Menin Gate is a mausoleum. It pays tribute to those servicemen whose bodies were never recovered. The internal walls are engraved with the names of those who have no known grave
  3. Piper Quarry - Piper Woods - ??

    In Stephen Martin’s booklet “Bedlington”, there is a map of the town that shows the location of Piper’s Quarry and on page 12 there is an explanation of how it got it's name.
  4. Bricks and Geology

    The photo was cut out a Dowty Mining Equipment Ltd advertisement brochure I obtained in the late 60's. Their information is obviously incorrect!
  5. Bricks and Geology

    The attached 1860 map shows the Netherton Waggonway that connected Netherton Colliery to the main railway line at Barrington. One could still walk along the section between Netherton Colliery and the Choppington Road in the 1950’s.
  6. Bricks and Geology

    The same seam often had a different name at another colliery, e.g The Beaumont seam at the Doctor Pit (Bedlington D) was called the Harvey seam at the Aad Pit (Bedlington A). On page 15 of the report, this is clarified with the best piece of technical jargon I’ve read in ages - “Seam nomenclature suffers considerably from homonyms and synonyms, arising both from mis-correlation and from the plethora of local names introduced by private colliery companies.” To prevent the confusion that can arise using the names of seams the NCB assigned letters to the seams, The Harvey is N, The Plessey is M etc. The report makes use of the letters in the report.
  7. Bricks and Geology

    It was a surprise to find out that, according to the comment below taken from the report, there are records of coal being mined in this area going back almost 800 years. "The Moorland Seam is named from Bedlington Moor Land, near the present Bedlington Station, where the coal was mined at least as early as the 18th century. One of the earliest records of local mining in England is near Blyth, where, in 1236, the Moorland Seam was worked along and near its outcrop westwards through Cowpen to Bebside.”
  8. Old Bedlington Photographs & Stories

    This is not Bedlington Station Brickworks and but is almost certainly the Bedlington Brickworks. The Bedlington skyline can be seen in the background and the row of houses at the back of the brickworks is probably South Row. The Brickworks at Bedlington Station were known as the Barrington Brickworks and in the attached photo you can see the Barrington Brickworks in the 1960’s with the Bedlington “A” pit in the background. (The “Aad” Pit). The discard dump at the extreme right of the photo is now Gallagher Park. The other photo shows the Barrington Brickworks in 1894 after a boiler explosion demolished the works.
  9. Old Bedlington Photographs & Stories

    At the Doctor Pit on Sunday August 10th 1952 the chimney that was part of the steam plant that was used to drive the John Pit winder was demolished in a controlled explosion. The steam winder had been replaced by one driven by electricity so the chimney was no longer needed. It was quite a spectacle for all of us as it could be seen from most parts of the town. The small chimney at the back was part of the brickworks and Telephone Row is the row nearest the pit. This part of the town has changed quite a lot in the last 65 years.
  10. Explosion At Choppington Colliery

    According to the Durham Mining Museum web site, 97 miners were killed in mining accidents at the Choppington A and B collieries from the time they opened in the 1860’s to 1965, the year the two pits closed. An average of 1 fatality per year! Two of these fatalities were caused by methane explosions. The first occurred on the 13th Dec 1945 and Henry Smith, a coal filler aged 42 died as a result of his injuries on 29th December 1945. The second was on 15th October 1948 and James Gibbons Prime, a Deputy aged 34 was killed in this explosion.
  11. To the best of my knowledge the only person from Bedlington to play for Newcastle United was Bill Thompson. He lived behind the Terrier's football pitch (I think it was Lily Avenue). He attended the Whitley Memorial School and played for East Northumberland and was signed up by Newcastle United Juniors in 1955 and his first game for the senior team was in 1960. He played at centre half for the Newcastle United first team for 10 years and was in the England under 23 squad but could not not play any games due to injury. Hid brother Jimmy played for Bedlington Dr Pit Welfare.
  12. Westridge

    When the school opened in September 1957, the Bedlingtonshire Urban District Council was still functioning. The motto of both the early and later versions of the BUDC emblem was "De Profundis" which was adopted by the school for its motto.
  13. Coal Mining

    I've attached a photo of a "man riding set" at Bates Colliery taken around 1955 before the modernisation of the colliery.
  14. Clippie Shop At Choppington Station

    The photo supposedly showing the shirt factory was taken at the “back” of Shiney Row. Between the bottom and Shiney Row and the gasometer was the surface infrastructure of the Doctor Pit – rail sidings, timber yard, workshops, heapstead, offices etc. What is shown as the Shirt Factory was one of the Dr Pit offices, probably the Planned Maintenance office. The shirt factory was at the top end of Bedlington roughly where the library is now. There used to be a footpath from Shiney Row to the front street, exiting near the Bluebell pub. The entrance to the shirt factory was from this footpath. My photo was taken from Glebe Road looking toward the Dr Pit.
  15. Maps showing 'Sch.' then 'Misn.Rm.'

    I have attached information about the school from Stephen Martin's book titled "Bedlington". In this book he states that in 1886 it was called The East School (Mixed)and the head was George Whittle. the second attachment is from "A Thousand Years in Bedlington Church ..." which states the East School closed around 1901. I assume that the second map of 1920, showing Misn. Rm. indicates that the school buildings were then used as a Mission Room or Hall. (Misn. Rm. = mission room.) I'm guessing! The East End.pdf East End School 2.pdf