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  1. Does anyone know anything about the Iron Well marked on maps just next to Kitty Brewster Farm? Christopher Bergen's history of the Bedlington Iron Works mentions the well, when he describes how the ships exporting the iron would sail up the river at high tide and replenish their water from it. I am guessing that Its name derives from the iron taste of the water. The original iron ore for the first furnace at Bedlington was dug out of this field. Does anyone know anything more? Does it still exist? Does anyone have any photos of it? Thanks for your help. Richard
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    Thanks for your comment. I have not ruled out the idea of producing Android versions in the future. Currently it would be hard for me to ensure the quality on the different phones that run Android so I have decided just to run with iPhones. I take your point 'though and this may change with time.
  3. Thanks for the information John. The app should be out in about a month's time. I won't be able to compete with you 'though, I only had four weeks to do my research for Choppington, not forty-four years! I only have one app out at the moment and that is for Cambois. You can get it on, https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cambois-village-guide/id649961567?mt=8 Newbiggin, Lynemouth, Ellington & Linton, North Seaton and Cresswell are all out in the next few days hopefully. I'm looking forward to you correcting any errors I might have included.
  4. Queens Head and The Anvil Hi StuR and Johndawsonjune1955. About the debate on the location of the Queens Head and The Anvil in Guide Post. Your photomontage was very impressive and convincing StuR but if you look closely, they don't line up exactly. Look at the stonework around the windows. These are different in the old building to the new building and these are features that there would be no reason to change, even if the windows were replaced. Finally and more conclusively here is a copy of the ordnance survey map of 1962. The Queens Head is shown where the roundabout is now and the current Queens Head is shown as PH (Public House) presumably as Johndawsonjune1955 says The Anvil. It looks like when the old Queens Head was knocked down, the old Anvil pub took its name and that Johndawsonjune1955 is correct. I am researching this as part of an iPhone guide to the local history of Choppington, Scotland Gate and Guide Post I am bringing out in about four weeks time. If any of you are interested, you can get more information on this and other guides in the area on https://www.facebook...447428548681186
  5. Hi everyone Thanks for replying so promptly. I'm sorry that I was a bit lax in getting back to you. I attach a photo of the farm and a map showing its location.
  6. Hi I'm sorry that this is a little bit off topic, but hopefully it's not too far away. Does anyone know what the coat of arms above the door of Ashington Farm relates to? I am preparing a local history iphone app. for Ashington which the farm features in but I have been unable to discover anything about the coat of arms. I hope someone can help me. Regards Richard Pyle
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