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  1. In the past before Gallagher Park was developed the hedgerows on what is now the access road were always full of birds. There was a bird that we referred to as a 'Scribbleyjack' (Yellowhammer). I do not know where the name came from and it is not in common use. The bird does have a nickname of 'Scibble Lark' or 'Writing Lark'.

    Yellowhammer territories in the UK have declined by 50% in only twenty-five years. Perhaps something to look out for when you are walking through the park. 


  2. On 19/01/2021 at 19:46, Canny lass said:

    This is a mystery :iiam:  !

    See Maggie’s topic, started 26 July 2013 “Bedlington Equitable Industrial Cooperative Society”. I think that the John Davison Tindal (Secretary) named in the list of officers of the society is the same person.

    Note the name is spelled Tindal, rather than Tindall – as inscribed on the tray.

    The Tindal’s (one L) seem to have been a relatively well-to-do family in Bedlington - the type of family who could present such a tray. The 1881 census records the parents of John D Tindal living on Front Street, Bedlington. His father, James - born in Nottingham, is a tailor by trade and his mother Isabella (born about 1855 in Bedlington) has the same profession. They have, as well as John 4 years old and born in Bedlington, a daughter aged 5 years (Lizzie?) and another, Maria, aged one year.

    Hoever, they don’t appear to have always lived there. James and Isabella get a mention in in the North East War Memorial project in relation to Louis William Studdy, whose family are living in Ridge Terrace, Bedlington while he, Louis William, is resident at” 4 Fairfield road, Jesmond - with his uncle James Tindal, a tailor’s cutter and his wife Isabella, born 1855 in Bedlington”.

    By the time the 1911 census was completed, John D Tindal, was 24 years old and, like his father, a tailor by trade. He was then living in the last house on Burdon Terrace, nearest West End, and married to 29 year old Dora A.G Tindall, a Greengrocery shopkeeper.  John D Tindal died 1947 aged 70 years (therefore, born about 1877). It may have been trough his tailoring that he was connected with the Cooperative Society.

    I can’t help wondering where the Church of Christ was/is situated in Bedlington and if the tray was found in the same building or somewhere else. Could it have been wrongly inscribed by the engraver and therefore never presented to the Church of Christ? Otherwise, it surely still belongs to the church? 1947 wasn’t so long ago.

    I have also got connections with the Church Of Christ as that was my mother's church when she moved from Edinburgh to Bedlington after marrying my father.

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  3. 8 hours ago, Campers said:


    New to this group but saw limited information on the above through an Internet search and had limited access to a post with comments from 'Canny Lass' and 'Eggy' 

    I am researching my wife's side of her tree and am struggling with her Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother. 

    I have their marriage certificate, (William Young married Margaret Richardson) in 1912.

    He shows as residing at Stone Row, Bank Top and Margaret at Vulcan Place.

    His father shows as Thomas and hers as Joseph. 

    I know from a later birth certificate that they were still living on Stone Row a few years after they got married. 

    My questions are

    a) Were Stone Row and Back Row one and the same place? 

    b) Are they still standing or have they been demolished (can't seem to find them on Google maps) 

    c) Lastly can anybody shed any light onto either William, Margaret or their parents? 

    Apologies for the length of my first post and thank you in advance to any light that can be thrown on to this. 


    Hi Paul, if the children of William and Margaret were Thomas, Joseph and Catherine I think they were in Burnside in 1939. My great grandfather was a William Young but not your William. There are better people than me to keep you right about place names. Good luck with your research and welcome to the website.  B)

  4. I was walking my dog in the Gallagher Park area this morning and saw two red squirrel in the wooded area near the old Doctor Pit. If we have the reds we do not want the greys. I understand that there are some active locals in the woods around Humford who have tried to get rid of the greys and would welcome them to visit Gallagher Park and advise our councilors before any decisions are made

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  5. On 15/01/2021 at 11:30, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    It was The Dunn Coo Bill. I can't remember the exact sequence the name changing took but something like = Millfield (when John Tudor took it over after he finished playing football for NUFC) - then changed to Connections - then back to Dunn Cow - then back to The Millfield and then La Torre, Italian restaurant, joined/partnered The Millfield and as far as I am aware that's how it is now.

    Street view, 2019, from the entrance to Hollymount Square.  


    Black Bull comp


    Bedlington's drinking establishments - Then & Now album I did in 2016 :-


    I played football for the Millfield/Connections and also stayed with John Tudor when he played against his pub team when he moved to the home of his local town of Ilkeston. Fond memories of a great social group. :rolleyes:     


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  6. On 09/11/2020 at 00:12, HIGH PIT WILMA said:

    Loathe..all these idiots who are having mass gatherings,and risking the lives of our front line workers in the NHS,and our Police Forces,and who deliberately break the lockdown rules....cos they must think it's "Cool"..

    Nine police officers who had breakfast together inside a cafe have been fined for breaching COVID lockdown rules on duty.

    The officers, from the Metropolitan Police, were fined £200 each and told to "reflect on their choices."

    Unfortunately some of our heroes can be fallible,  Police suspected to be dining inside The Chef House Kitchen Cafe, Greenwhich, east London. Pic: Brian Jennings / SWNS

  7. Nominations are now invited to win Bedlingtonian of the year on Bedlington.co.uk and I nominate  Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) for keeping this website active.

    There are one or two runners up although there are no prizes unless Mr Crosby, Wallace and Robinson fund it.  


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  8. A quote from from one of our councillors. 'Whilst Ian Lavery chaired Ashington Football Club it benefited  from more than £1m of investment as part of the Arch scandal that took place under Labour. How much did Bedlington Terriers get?  The answer is nothing'.

    It is "never too late" for Mr Lavery to "apologise".

  9. 2 minutes ago, Bedlingtonian said:

    Mr Lavery suggests that miners should be pardoned for their involvement in the 1984-1985 strike. Perhaps they should!

    In the view of many miners and their families Mr Lavery should perhaps never be pardoned for his involvement with the Miners Union and their pension funds!


    Perhaps a case of the pot calling the kettle black!

    It is "never too late" for Mr Lavery to "apologise".

  10. As mentioned Joseph & Thomasina who married in 1899 had 4 children by 1911 however 2 of them had died. Florrie 8 years and Mary 4 years were registered with their parents at 6 1st Street Netherton Colliery. They appear to have a son George born in 1917 who is registered with his parents at 9 Crawford Terrace in 1939. Although the 1911 census and 1939 register are not free to access there is a free website that is useful for family history research. https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl

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