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Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

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  1. 1 hour ago, HIGH PIT WILMA said:

    Pete,a just realised!....The Olympics..!!!

    Aad forgot aboot them till ye jogged me memory...they called themselves that name,after the budget "Olympic" drum kit that most of the young groups like us had to start out with..they were a cheap but canny sounding kit,better than old oil drums for sure!

    A canna mind of any of the lads noo,there were so many groups,in them days,ye cud gaan ti a different place and see a different group any neet of the week!

    The Olympics - Then (c1964) and Now (2009)

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  2. @HIGH PIT WILMA - you have a fan on the Villageguides Facebook group. Currently posting info on Choppington and you get a mention in the posting on the Unitarian Chapel on Station Bank (can't recall it ever been called that before :)) :-

     

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    Here is another ‘new’ old photograph that I discovered last week while researching Robert Elliot one of the founders of the Choppington Coop. I have not seen this photo on any of the local history forums up until now which makes it something of a rarity.

    It was taken in 1968 on the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Unitarian Chapel on Station Bank in Choppington and was published in a recent newsletter of the Newcastle Unitarian Chapel. This photograph also shows one of the clearest views I have seen of Storey’s Buildings running down the hill. If any of you reading this know “High Pit Wilma” from the Bedlington History Hollow Forum, be sure to let him know as he spent much of his early childhood there. 

    Tomorrow, I will return to this site and let you know the full story of the chapel.
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  3. @Andy Millne - I might not be able to hand over the document to John Krzyzanowski for handing in at the Woodhorn Museum:(.

    This is the latest reply I recieved from John (Facebook Messenger) :- I am not at work again until 25th Sept. The problem is the legal position is the owner of the document must sign a form otherwise they cannot accept it. If you wait until I'm back I will check at work to see how we can get around this. Give me a message just before and I will see what I can do.

    If Yvonne does send the document to me (my address in the message I sent you) I will do what I can to make sure the document ends up in Woodhorn.:)


  4. 2 hours ago, Canny lass said:

    This sounds like a very interesting document, which I would certainly be interested in reading. It should be preserved and available to all. Woodhorn Museum sounds like a good place, or digitalized for availability on-line.

     

     

    If it comes to me to be passed on to Woodhorn I will see if I can scan it first and email you a copy.

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  5. @Andy Millne - I'm no historian but I would be quite happy to try and find a local group that would probably welcome the book.

    @Maggie/915 - used to mention a local  history group:)

    There is also the Bygone Bedlington group Facebook Admin -  John Krzyzanowski   who collects Bedlington memorabilia and he works at the Woodhorn Colliery Museum. I will ask him if he is interested and let you know.

    I have Messaged you with my address so if Yvonne wants to pass the book on quickly I would accept it and pass it on.

    @Canny lass - woulf you be interested in this book?


  6. @HIGH PIT WILMA - @Canny lass - @Newbedders - @Rigger

    Although this is only word of mouth it's the best statement I have heard on Carr's Buildings :).

    My cousin was talking to her mam, Flo -  aged 81, and mentioned I was looking for the Carrs Buildings where me mam, Nancy Henderson and her brother Martin lived - 1920 to 1923 - before they moved to Haig Road.  I had never asked my aunt Flo as she was born and lived in Barrington. Anyway my cousin passed on the bits her mam had said :- 

         Mam reckons that Carr’s buildings was opposite where Moby Dicks is now - on the bank where the dual carriageway is in Bedlington?! x

    and 

        She’s fairly convinced about it - said dad would know better as Aunty Elsie lived there?!

    and finally 

         mam reckons it was the 40’s when it would have been knocked down - also recalls going for ration books or stamps from some office near there x

    Now I know my mam's aunt Elsie had lived in Elenbel Avenue (off Stead Lane, near the Oval) since they were built in the 1940's. So It looks like my granda & grandma Henderson shared a place in Carrs Buildings with my granda's sister, Elsie  Isabella Henderson (married 1940 to William Humble - killed in 1941 WWII (so I' told)). Elsie and her 3 step sons moving to Elenbel Avenue when they were first built.

    In one of Evan Martin's books he has this image of the Food Office on the Glebe bank. So I am guessing that one of the buildings to the left, (as you look at the photo), of the Food Bank  was Carrs Buuldings. 

     

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  7. On 16/08/2019 at 22:45, Pete said:

    HPW, if I have got it right the Dynachords uses to practice at the Wharton. Did they have a female vocalist at one stage?

     

    40 minutes ago, HIGH PIT WILMA said:

    Hi Pete! ..."Dynacords"..no "h" in the name...it was the name of a German -made and imported guitar amplifier,that our Bass-player's Brother,who was in the R.A.F,stationed at Dusseldorf,in the 1960's,brought over here,at a time when only VOX,SELMER,and WATKINS,were the only Amplifier manufacturer's of any real worthiness.

    We couldn't afford any of those amps at thi time,in the early 1960's,and ,like loads of other groups...GROUPS!!....not BANDS!...,we started out with little 8-Watt amps,as small as a wee speaker cabinet,about 12 inches high,and 10 inches wide,or thereabouts...and the old-timer pitmen in the clubs used ti shout...."Ya aal reet ,but ya owa lood,man,torn thi buggaas doon..!"

    8 watts!!....then Jimi Hendrix came along with 200-watt Marshall Stacks,with two 4x 12" cabinets which stood six feet tall!![the "4x12"..denotes that each cabinet held four 12-inch diameter loudspeakers!

    Now THAT used to  lift the roof off the City Hall at the Toon!

    Eees warse than me @Pete, that @HIGH PIT WILMA - just gans off at a tangent.:D


  8. 10 minutes ago, Rigger said:

    The Record of Enlistement shows a Carr's Yard, Front Street with a family called Hinson living there ( Thomas Hinson,  died WW1)

    Cheers @Rigger - that's the closest yet of a reference to Carrs in Bedlington. As Newbeeders discovered there was a Carrs Buldings, Scotland Gate, in the 1911 census and as my granda and grandma were married at St Pauls, Choppington I am beging to wonder if my granda worked at Choppington pit before moving to the Dr Pit.      


  9. 23 hours ago, Denzel said:

    I go to the Head Shed for a beard trim, they even pulled the hairs out of my bugle last week.

    Edgar's the barbers - no more Short Back & Sides from The Oval Barbers in the 1950's - no more quiff held up with brylcreem in the 1960's - no more long flowing hippy hair tangling in the wind in the 1970's  - no more hair, use a hair clipper set to No 3:), and do me own bugle:D  


  10. 1 hour ago, Newbedders said:

    In researching a family tree I have come across relatives who lived in Carr’s Buildings, Scotland Gate, Choppington. In the 1911 census there is a family called Carr living in the same block as my relative. I have scoured old maps to no avail, although there are several groups of named buildings in the Choppington area.

    Thanks for that @Newbedders - I had looked on the old maps around Scotland gate as my granny used to live at Whinney Hill and she was married at St. Pauls Church Choppintong in 1918. As you say no Carr's Buildings anywhere on the old maps - Scotland Gate has Rutter's - Fenwick's - Strong's - Foster's & Pringle's Buildings.

    As far as I am aware my grandfather, Martin Hhenderson, only ever worked at the Doctor Pit - but I could be wrong on that. His family were from Bentick, Newcastle so how he met a Choppinton lass I have no idea.:) 

    But it's nothing important I was just curious when I noticed Carr's Bldgs next to the first two of their children  - Haig Road, Bedlington  for the rest.

    This postcard, my grannie's sister,  also has Carr's Bldgs, Bedlington written on the back.

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  11. 2 hours ago, Canny lass said:

    I can tell you that Carr's Buildings doesn't appear in any of the 19 enumerators books in the 1911 census. By that I mean the book into which he transcribed the information given on the individual census forms. However, 1911 was a good year for researchers because we even have accesss to the individual census forms filled in by the householders. My experience tells me that, not infrequently, the street name given by the householder and the street name given by the enumerator are not the same. Carr's buildings may just have been the name given by the residents themselves. If I can get a bit of time over today I'll have a wander up Front street (through the census forms) and see if any resident has used that name.

    @Canny lass - thank you for checking but don't put too much time into this as this is just my curiosity as I couldn't find the name Carr's Buildings on any site I use, and I was just hoping someone may have heard of it.

    This time of year, whilst it's still light, you will have loads of your own stuff to do before those days of more darkness than light creep up on your land for the winter months :( 


  12. 19 hours ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    @Joan Eadington - image and comment posted on the Bygone Bedlington Facebook group by 

     
     
    That’s the remains of it palleted up in Rutherford field inbetween choppington and netherton.

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    Forgot to add ---- although I don't have any proof I would assume this plaque, with the year 1877, was from the Stokers Buildings at Beech Grove/Vulcan Place, Bedlington not the Choppington buildings that were under construction in 1922.


  13. Info from @johndawsonjune1955 & Isabel McDonald -  Facebook group Past Times History  :-

    Choppington, cottages opening ceremony.

     

     

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    Burt Memorial Homes Then & Now (Google street view 2009). Thomas Burt (12 November 1837 – 12 April 1922) was a British trade unionist and one of the first working-class Members of Parliament. Info from Wikipedia = The aged miners' homes at Choppington, under construction at the time of Burt's death were named the Burt Memorial Homes.

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    Thomas Burt photo from @johndawsonjune1955

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  14. 20 hours ago, HIGH PIT WILMA said:

    The field was full of big-horned cows,grazing among the long grass in the field.We never came to any harm as that became a way of life for all our young lives until we were in our early teens! 

    The thing is,I canna remember exactly when they first mowed the field to have the Miner's Picnic there,cos it used to be held at Ashington.

     

    @HIGH PIT WILMA - Malcolm Robinson posted the last programme from the picnic held in 1989 and in it was a list of where all the previous picnics were held, and in which town. The first one in Bedlington was 1952 :-

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  15. 21 hours ago, HIGH PIT WILMA said:

    Noo! Carr's Buildings ring a bell,but a just canna bring it fully ti mind..thi only buildings doon aside Hollymount Square were Front street east,Vicarage Terrace,Bell's Place,and Hollymount Terrace,and Avenue,which are back to back terraces,and where my Sister,and her Daughter still live.

    Surely they can be found on the old Ordnance survey maps..or even on more modern [1950's..?]maps of the area?

    Best of luck Alan,if aa find owt oot aal post it!

    Me youngest cousin, in the Henderson family, reckons she saw an entry on one of the ancestry sites saying :- It was an ally way between the midland bank and the cobblers aside the opticians just on the rise.

    Don't have any concrete proof but this could be it on one of Foxy's photos :-

     

     

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  16. @HIGH PIT WILMA - last attempt. Loaded a family photo and it loaded as expected the right way up. Clagged the extract from the family bible onto the family photo , saved it and loaded that and hey presto you don't have to get ya bent aad neck aroond :).

    ps - grannie Henderson - March 1899 to April 1991 = 92. Still a good age but the one think that really upset her was having so many of her her children, and their spouse, + grandchildren die before her. 

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  17. 36 minutes ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    Has anyone any idea where Carrs Buildings were in Bedlington? I have just found entries in me grannies old family bible that shows both my mam, Nancy Henderson born 1920, and her brother Martin, born 1921, with Carr's Buildings next to their D.o.B.. The next 7 children in the family, born between 1923 & 1937, have Haig Road next to their D.o.B. As me granda worked at the Dr. Pit I would guess Carr's buildings were either on the Glebe Bank or Vulcan Place - Beach Grove area. I have searched the old maps; Googled the www and checked on the Bedlington Facebook and community groups but Carr's Buildings doesn't get a mention. The only mention of Carr's I can find is in the Bedlington Timeline document = 1854 William Carr begins Bedlington's first newsagents in January. It was situated on Front Street East - but no idea if this man was linked to Carr's Buildings:huh:.

    @Rigger -  @Canny lass - have either of you two remember if you have found any entries for Carr's Buildings into your respective searches of the area? 

     

    @HIGH PIT WILMA - was there a Carr's Buildings behind Front Street East before you got to Hollymount?

    Forgot to add the extract from the old bible :- 

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    ps - I've had 5 attempts to get this file to load so it can be read from top to bottom without twisting one's neck. I've resized it  by reducing the height and width - changed just the height - changed just the width but no matter what I do it loads the same = as above🤔


  18. Has anyone any idea where Carrs Buildings were in Bedlington? I have just found entries in me grannies old family bible that shows both my mam, Nancy Henderson born 1920, and her brother Martin, born 1921, with Carr's Buildings next to their D.o.B.. The next 7 children in the family, born between 1923 & 1937, have Haig Road next to their D.o.B. As me granda worked at the Dr. Pit I would guess Carr's buildings were either on the Glebe Bank or Vulcan Place - Beach Grove area. I have searched the old maps; Googled the www and checked on the Bedlington Facebook and community groups but Carr's Buildings doesn't get a mention. The only mention of Carr's I can find is in the Bedlington Timeline document = 1854 William Carr begins Bedlington's first newsagents in January. It was situated on Front Street East - but no idea if this man was linked to Carr's Buildings:huh:.

    @Rigger -  @Canny lass - have either of you two remember if you have found any entries for Carr's Buildings into your respective searches of the area? 

     

    @HIGH PIT WILMA - was there a Carr's Buildings behind Front Street East before you got to Hollymount?

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