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pilgrim last won the day on December 28 2016

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  1. Bricks and Geology

    James - I have mentioned in other parts of this site that very old artifacts were found when the opencast at Cramlington (Plessey) reached some very old workings which had been driven in from the southern river bank at Hartford - east of the bend near the swimming hole (in fact there used to be signs up warning of dangerous shafts in the bank side. The artifacts consisted of wooden coal shovels - as In all wood and some very primitive coal picks.) I have no doubt that in the depths of the Durham archives (although some are held in America now) there will be even older references of income from mining at Bedlington and surrounds. |I note your pic of the Dowty prop - I am thinking that in later years these were made by a frim at Backworth?
  2. Bricks and Geology

    it is worth bearing in mind, as well that, in days of the private coal companies they were not averse to trespassing into other coal companies excavation areas and falsified the underground plans with an official set and an actual set. (allegedly)
  3. Bricks and Geology

    no worry canny lass - I have a bundle of the last few weeks privates eyes to send to you -- if you can cope -
  4. Bricks and Geology

    persevere -- the dates for the seam closures are on the last pages -and since the nights are getting darker and colder it will give you something to do in the evenings!!
  5. Bricks and Geology

    now the boring bit -- there is a brick called a Bedlington common which was produced by NEB ltd.(stamped in the 'frog' not sure where it was produced but could have been at Choppington or any of the other brickworks. Get your tape measures out - it has a ratio of 1:2.92 - now that is easy enough to identify!!! (they were used in many locations in the rea and also seemed to produce a finer facing brick) Also attached is a survey from 1990 which will make more sense to the miners on the site but I think its also very informative - its about the BUTTERWELL but covers the area and is quite comprehensive re all the seams etc. and I found it very informative and puts into context where all things were. Maybe some could put other things on the information. its worth looking through as it also gives the date of when the seams were abandoned in each pit coal seam geology.pdf
  6. Market Place Club - Early Warning Siren?

    no - but I saw a dog (a Bedlington terrier at that) who expressed its opinion on them ....
  7. Market Place Club - Early Warning Siren?

    I was in the parish today and noticed there are many and varied signs of the green variety pointing places of import.. can I ask why they are, for example, police station 230 m and market place 120 m -- is that miles?? or some Johnny foreigner thingy ,we may have to be aware of cross contamination from .............dare I say hitlers highway (herself was most amused when I said that was what it was called -- or used to be) but lets have some standardisation - ok the younger ones are all metric but the UK standard is IMPERIAL (I always think IMPERIAL deserves caps - as Q Victoria always wore a cap..) ok - I got out today and the big world was confusing .................
  8. Market Place Club - Early Warning Siren?

    it was still the same in the early 80's in Yugoslavia, they managed 100% employment as in a shop it was exactly the same -- ooo the sight of all the huge wooden drawers with dried peas etc in, but there you told the assistant what you wanted - another assistant went to get it and gave it to another who wrapped it. It then went to the till - where someone totalled it (and then whizzed it away somewhere to gawd knows how many others, in one of those wire machines) and then another packed it all in bags - you were given a till receipt and took that to the payment till and paid ---then you could go and pick up your shopping. I think the last time I saw one of those wire cash carriers in this country was in Smailes in Morpeth, although I seem to recall that all woolworths were fitted with them.
  9. Warm welcome for A1 dualling route announcement

    I have followed this for many years because of people I'm know who own the land.and I did some research many years ago on what was there OK step 1 northern section - the Mousen bend - that was scheduled to be straightened 30 yrs ago and nothing was done - it should have gone to the east of old Mousen Hall and between the A1 and the East coast line. nuff said -- the bit aside Causey Park ..when this first arose I did a bit of checking as I knew the landowner - there a bell in the tower of his house which appears to be from a chapel. The land it came from appears to be a 'Cuthbert Chapel, ie one of the resting places on the old roman road - causey = causeway where the body 'rested' on its travels. As a result of this an archeological dig was arranged but could not be financed, even though the landowner put in an access road. This route goes through a mediaeval village and possibly the chapel. The impact on the environment is immense. It was interesting to note that originally the three routes were red, black and green -- very subliminal.............. Yes the A1 needs to be upgraded, but looking at the methodology of the survey, they seem to have spent more time deciding the sex, age and ethnicity of the responders, as though that matters?? than the actual comments -- which for some reason are very difficult to find?? OK it needs to be done but they seem to have gone for the most expensive - most environmentally intrusive , and possibly the most historically destructive route possible
  10. Market Place Club - Early Warning Siren?

    might be able to shed some light on this -- During the 'cold war' and all the hype about the 4 minute warning - a network of sirens was put in place nationally. They were local authority and council responsibility and had to be tested every month. There was also a telephone system known as xy which was the precursor of the internet, in that it used multi nodal routing. Some councils who were very - shall I say Left - made everything difficult to install and test these. I cannot say too much as I think it is still covered by 'authorised release'. but there were also 'civil defence ' dumps of emergency supplies and immediate need equipment, one of which was the green 'nissan' sheds beside the spine road opposite Cambois - now I believe a worksite HGV training place - or was. These were supply bases to be used in the aftermath - should it ever happen - and it was taken as a serious threat at the time , hence the regular testing
  11. No, you aren't imagining it!

    eeee - recall my first step into the world of PC (noo not being falsely nice to folk ya thought were eeedjits -) a Sinclair - had to build it in kit form in about 1975 - then up into the heady world of power computing -- a commodore -- 20 hours of typing code to make a ball change colour and bounce about the screen... then a real PC!! in the days of max hard drive size of an eggcup - so how come in them days we could get a whole word processer prog on a floppy - now ya need umpteen gigglebits jus to use a browser???? -- sloppy coding grrrr on a more disturbing note -- the classic poster of a tennis player scratching her arse - there have been rumours for years that it was a bloke in drag - be afraid lol
  12. Canny Lass - you prob didn't have a sheltered life - I just don't recall ever seeing you in the cold showers at Morpeth rugby club -(and I'm am sure I would have remembered!!) or The Old Edwardians as it was known then
  13. this was one of the top songs at the rugby club -- with actions - it was well published in a series of rugby song books which were very popular in the 60's - 70's along with a very 'active' version of swing low sweet chariot' and many others!! there must have been about 6 books in the series and all had appropriate - or should I say very inappropriate accompanying actions. Eee - happy days of drunkenness and mud..
  14. Visit Bedlington

    oh and mention - Alnwick Castle and gardens - its full to bursting over the summer and full of tat at this time of year - I can prob arrange a visit to chillingham castle - which is much more quiet and almost en route -- also beamish might be worth dropping into as a stop on way the lakes - I think you have my e-mail address and I have no prbs if they want to contact me directly j
  15. Visit Bedlington

    ye def getting senile like me lol -