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i'm seeking a book about seaham,i think its called memories of seaham,but not sure,theres a photo of my nana,ithink with the vane tempest lodge durham miners gala in the book,i would be greatful if anyone can help me with this,carol webb.
carol webb
chicester, - Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 14:34:45 (PST)
hello to all on geust book and a happy new year.. has anybody in world got any group photos of st mary magdalins school of any kind at any time as i might be on it. or st josephs station rd. thanks. tony.
tony devlin
essex, - Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 14:33:38 (PST)
hope every one in seaham had a good christmas and i would like to wish everyone a very happy new year sharon
Sharon Osborne nee Cross
grays, essex - Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 14:30:54 (PST)
I wondered if anyone remembers the HMS Seaham? I've never heard of it before. Below is the text alongside a photo - on the following web site: http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/album/showphoto.php?photo=9448&size=big&si=Naval Here is the Bangor (VTE-engined) class minesweeper HMS Seaham with the Italian Acciaio class seagoing submarine Bronzo alongside off Syracuse on 12th July, 1943. The Bronzo, unaware of the fall of the fortresses of Augusta and Syracuse surfaced near Allied naval units, thinking them to be Italian. After being subjected to intense fire, she was boarded, captured and subsequently ceded to the Frech Navy, in which she served as Narval until 1946.
Carole Harrison
Coquitlam , BC Canada - Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 14:29:26 (PST)
To Tony from Espana, Great to hear from you again.Hope you are well. All the best for 2009
Sadie M
- Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 15:12:04 (PST)
Distilled, I think your comments are inappropriate to say the least. please engage brain before writing.
Thomas Johnson
- Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 15:09:09 (PST)
ref cuthies i was at cuthies in 1952 i started at the one up eastlea opposite the pit yard,there were two shops across the road one owned by peter hendry and the other was his brothers tot,now there are flats there i also went from there to the mill inn where one of the class rooms was attached to the church and the priest was called father gitts.i remember the old mill been there.
sunderland, - Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 15:08:11 (PST)
A miracle at Christmas has occured. My friend Lynn who has terminal cancer has been granted the new drug 'Revlimid' by the N.H.S.Trust in Southampton. Lynn's life could now be prolonged for four or five more years. Am I glad? Why Aye Man!
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 15:06:08 (PST)
distilled. sorry didnt know you fought for tony blair.did you kill anybody mick richards.
- Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 15:04:43 (PST)
Now Maisie, do'nt you know that people like you and your family helped to make Seaham what it is today. I think you were born around 1925. I have photes of Seaham in the 1920s and there was slum-dwellings every where, with a pub on every corner, there was a lot of boozing going on(Boozy Ally) that rings a bell down the Harbour.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 15:03:37 (PST)
For the record, and to the one who called me a coward...mick? 2 tours in Iraq and one upcoming in Afganistan. I'm not trying to hide a name. Website probs I think. Happy Christmas to one and all. Particularly to the youngsters who make Seaham what it is today.
Newark, UK - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 13:43:47 (PST)
Oh Dear..a hornets nest. For all those who wonder, I'm 82, grew up in Seaham, My father got the coal out of hell, apart from working as an ARP during the war. Remember him coming home in tears after a bombing raid on Dawdon. So many died. Lost many friends in the Easington disaster including my short lived brother in law, Jack Wallace (google him)....My son is doing this for me. What do I know about google? You and I old wrinklies made Seaham what it is? Reading the paper I wonder what we did wrong.
Walesby , UK - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 13:41:45 (PST)
and a happy Christmas to all Seaham Folk wherever they may be, on land,at sea, or wherever.
Thomas Johnson
- Monday, December 22, 2008 at 13:39:52 (PST)
Colin Hall, do you live anywhere near to Whangerei? thomas Johnson No. Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand, about a two-hour drive north from Auckland, which is itself 400 miles north of Wellington, which is the southenmost city in the North Island. So I'm a full day's drive south of Whangarei, requiring a cut lunch and a compass before venturing out! Compliments of the season to all.
Colin Hall
Wellington , New Zealand - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 13:38:35 (PST)
Just thought I'd drop you a line wishing Sadie & Ed' "A Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year". Keep up the good work. That also includes all the good people of Seaham.
Ray Kinnair
New Marske, Cleveland UK - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 13:36:53 (PST)
Hi everybody wishing you all the best for 2009.
Ron Meir
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 13:35:20 (PST)
Stephenie Powers, Now there's a name to conjure with. I've just been to see Cinderella, a Pantomime at my local Theatre and Stephenie is the Fairy Godmother. There is a lot of Hollywood Actors over here doing Panto, there is no Panto in the U.S. unless we think of George Bush! I have just sold my 1960s film star collection on Ebay and did ok. Have A Happy Christmas everyone (Before Chistmas Is banned by the 'change it' bregade.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, December 22, 2008 at 13:33:34 (PST)
Ref Cuthie's school behind the Mill Inn. Used to be opposite Walter Wilsons (but a bit further down towards the Knack Club.) Moved (with me in tow) to behind the Mill in '63 or 4. One class was in the Church hall (former church) - Theresa Hills class - second top. The Church Hall has now been demolished and is currently part of the school car park/playground. No pics apart from one of my first communion with little of the building in view. Good luck with your search.
Mick Smith
France - Monday, December 22, 2008 at 13:31:37 (PST)
To Brian Greenfingers, Thanks for the card and the good wishes, its nice to know that you enjoy the guestbook. Our best wishes to you, Ed and Sadie
- Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 15:07:23 (PST)
Ed. and Sadie compliments of the season to you both keep up the sterling work on the G.B. p.s.no name should be renamed no posting...the plonker
Tony from Spain
Espana - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 15:04:44 (PST)
Hi Y'all... It has been almost a year since I last used this site - I still see you have people who are "controversial." - Anyway, I just want to wish everyone a Very Beautiful Christmas and a Blessed New Year - 2009! Take care y'all, Jacqueline.
USA - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 15:03:27 (PST)
Colin Hall, do you live anywhere near to Whangerei?
thomas Johnson
- Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 15:01:57 (PST)
Brian Greenfingers, you're right, smoking is a proven way of shortening your lifespan and leads to cancer and many other illnesses. I don't object to People smoking in private if thats what they want, but I do object to them smoking in my presence or indeed in the presence of Children, even in their own homes this is wrong. Itsnice now to be able to go into a Club or Pub without becoming a "passive smoker"
Thomas Johnson
- Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 15:00:56 (PST)
TO: Ray Briggs in bridgewater Nova Scotia Canada. please send your email address through the Guestbook form. Fred Davies wants to contact you.
Ed Mason
Seaham Harbour Online, - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 15:41:59 (PST)
To Colin Shaw.Aw Shame,Merry Xmas from Lynn and Peff
Lynn and Peff
- Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 15:10:07 (PST)
Ah, a 'no name': someone with more conviction than courage, floundering on the rock of incoherence. Don't worry too much No Name; you will grow up one day!It's inevitable. You all probably don't want to know this but we had 27c the other day...and it's early summer! A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who posts here.Stay warm.
Colin Hall
Wellington, New Zealand - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 15:08:49 (PST)
I do'nt smoke and smoking is a proven way to get cancer. But I object to draconian measures to curb peoples freedom to smoke if they want to. Since the beginning of the 1960s, just when we began asserting ourselves, shaking off the repression of the 1930s 40s and 50s. We suddenly felt free from the chains of even moral restraint. Elvis Presley's 'Heart Break Hotel' was still ringing in my ears at that time. The Beatles had not even sang 'Love Me Do' yet. Suddenly 'Flower Power' was born and in stark contrast, student unrest on the campuses. People still want freedom under the law but all that has been eroded by stealth mainly and do-gooders who say children must wear goggles to play concers. Ban Billy Bunter who promotes obesity. Council Officials must not utter in public, we are all reading from the same hymn sheet in case it upsets the atheists. To me, all this beggars belief and a few swift kicks up the backside is in order.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 15:06:33 (PST)
The No Name poster seems to be a samdwich short of a picknick. Is he worth bothering with in the first place?
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 15:04:25 (PST)
To no name, no i don't think censorship and moderating are the same thing. We feel this book has to be available for all to read and therefore entries must be checked. You would be surprised at what can be submitted (only occasionally now admitedly. Could I also ask you to please put your name or a title on your entries otherwise they may not be posted. Can't remember you mam, what was her maiden name?
Sadie M
Seaham, - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 15:03:56 (PST)
Just like to wish everyone from Seaham, a merry christmas and a happy new year. As i will be working.
Colin Shaw
Seaham, - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:58:12 (PST)
no name.... show us who you are . a coward.
- Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:57:00 (PST)
roy keano has left the building coundnt face his old club man united. but brought a lot of joy to sundreland. and to neil quin and all your supporters may all your dreams come true. and merry xmas to all.
no name
yorks, - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:55:45 (PST)
Thanks for the clarificaton Sadie, My late mum knew you. (Lorna Remmer). Moderation/ Censorship...same thing really. Don't you agree? My last post could be considered ageist which carries a potential prison sentence. The world has gone mad! Seriously, is there a Seaham website where freedom of speech is upheld? Short of a long journey, there is lots I'd like to know about the place where I grew up Kind regards
No Name
Newark, Nots - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:50:55 (PST)
no name" Your remarks regarding the 70+ age group are uncalled for! The people of Seaham in that group helped to make Seaham what it is today
Thomas johnson
- Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:48:57 (PST)
in answer to no name, sadie,,please keep the guest book as it is;it brings us 65+ going on 25s together & in touch with lost friends now & memories, events & friends gone from days of our youth.& if the younger ones do read it, it might inspire some of them to remember the friends & good times they have now for the future when they have time to ease up,look back & say I WONDER WHAT or DOES ANYONE KNOW ,,,a merry xmas & happy new year to you,,ed,, & all the readers,,RM
Stevenage, - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:47:54 (PST)
anybody got any photos of st cuthberts school used to be behind the mill in , in the 50s.
yorks, - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:46:10 (PST)
Regarding the comments from No Name,does he not realise that it is the contribution from the 70+ brigade that has made Seaham what it is today.I cannot abide these ageist ,ignorant individuals who believe that life revolves around them and others of their ilk.The oldies were once young and have earned their right to have and express an opinion. Whether or not it corresponds with yours is of little consequence.Not to you however.
lariane robison
seaham, - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:45:00 (PST)
Would you please ask Eric Leighton to contact me re one of his postings to the guestbook. Thank you, Raymond.
Raymond Thompson
Seaham, - Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:42:55 (PST)
The reason why the Seaham Harbour Guestbook has lasted this long and successfully too is because there are sensible people running it. I just cannot be bothered with 'Facebook' and the like!
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, December 08, 2008 at 14:41:47 (PST)
Trying to contact: Jamie Robert McCormick. and Jane Christine GILMOUR (Maiden Name)
Ed Mason <Seaham Harbour Online>
- Friday, December 05, 2008 at 06:32:08 (PST)
No name. I am pleased you enjoy this guestbook. You are wrong to say it is censored, it is certainly moderated. This has to be done for legal reasons. If you take time to read the conditions of the guestbook you will maybe understand.
Sadie M
- Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 14:53:46 (PST)
Much as I love reading this guestbook, its become quite apparent that the avearage age of the people whos posts pass the censorship must be 70+ Such a shame, because we ex pats would love a perspective from the people who make Seaham what it is today. I can only assume that the webmaster is ashamed of what the world might think. (censored, no doubt)
No name
Newark, Notts - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 14:48:11 (PST)
Can anyone put me in touch with Joe Swift of Houghton? Jimmy Gilbert
Jimmy gilbert
Balga, W Australia - Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 14:46:15 (PST)
Thanks Eileen Scullen for your comment re Charlie Keegan, I remember his wife and son as a child singing "The little boy that Santa Claus forgot" Charlie and his wife did a stand up comedy routine in one of my shows. Now I wonder if anyone remembers Joe Reed who ran a concert party in Deneside had about thirty girls in it, surely they can't all be dead.
Jim Gilbert
balga, W Australia - Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 14:05:45 (PST)
Message for Graeme Lacey.Yes,Larry was my brother.I remember your parents very well.They were greatly missed when they left the "Dawdon Hotel"I'm sure that we have some pictures of Larry & Stan with your Mam & Dad.Please give them our best wishes Ron & Eileen
Eileen Nutman
Long Beach, California 90815 U.S.A. - Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 14:04:22 (PST)
A wonderful woman I know has the big C. and it's called 'multiple myeloma that attacks the bone marrow. She is, of-course, terminal. There is a new drug around called 'Revlimid' which could give my friend Lynn who is sixty a few more years of life. Treatment on this cancer drug lasts eight months and would cost the local N.H.S. Trust, £32,000. With some, the powers that be say yes and some they say no. Lynn is a no at the moment, MPs and allsorts of concerned folk are making waves in support. I saw Lynn nursing her yongest grand-child in her arms and I desperatley wished that Lynn could see her little grand-child grow up.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 16:06:30 (PST)
Message for Eileen (Scollen) Nutman of California. Are you a relation of Larry Scollen who lived in Dalton le Dale? He was a very good friend ofmy parents George and Jean Lacey and I remember him very wellfrom the late 1950s.
Graeme Lacey
N.Yorks. - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 16:01:01 (PST)
Hi, I am still trying to find out where Stuart Cole moved to. The last time I saw him he lived in Ash Cres Parkside in about 1984. He had a sister Karen and a younger brother. His mum was a widow as her husband Norman Cole had died before 1984. There were two Norman Coles. One was my uncle and the other was my dad's cousin. Stuart's dad was my dad's cousin and as I say he died before the 80's.
no name
- Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 15:59:42 (PST)
I'm looking for friends i used to know in easington colliery they lived there 36 years ago i would be greatful for anyones help there names are steve gray of 12 cliffton street and ron ball of 14 court street
jackie maughan
Hebburn, Tyne & Wear UK - Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 12:35:22 (PST)
Grand father john richardson was from seaham harbour sons jack and howard mooved to yorkshire in 1930's am looking into my past grandad was a miner who went to war and survived the trenches at some point worked the boats fishing
Tony Richardson
Leeds, - Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 15:27:03 (PST)
Margret Kent, sorry I can't remember wheather I told you...It was your Dad and not your Mum I met before he died in the Pit in 1953. He used to come down our house in Malvern Cresent and my old man and your Dad ( Michael Donnelly )went pubbing. I never knew any kids who used alcahol as the children do today in the 1950s. A bunch of us would take ourselves over the Dean or Warden Law, the bull field up Mount Plesant and the Blast beach was good for drift-wood fires. We even played Doctors and Nurses in the woods with the girls!!It was great to be young then. Kids seem to be prisoners in their own homes nowadays.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 15:25:52 (PST)
Popeye, there's no chance whatsoever of Sunderland being relegated this year! A black Cat told me, the magpies definitely look dodgy however.
Thomas Johnson
- Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 15:23:16 (PST)
Don I am on friends reunited which may be an easier way for you to contact us as that will send me an email, to find me look for Bernard Gilpin School in Houghton leaving year 1983
Ian Green
Houghton le Spring, Tyne & Wear - Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 15:22:21 (PST)
Don Stan has been on holiday this week, mam still lives at same address in Houghton it was Brian that emigrated, I live near / next to Stan
ian green
houghton, - Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 15:20:59 (PST)
i was born in murton in 1943john dobson went to murton modern boys lived there until i got married and moved to sunderland. if anyone knowes me please contact website address
john dobson
sunderland, - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:04:01 (PST)
im looking for an old photo. of the playboy club featuring the bunny girls ann drinkwater and gloria/ 1963 0r 1964 its for my mum ann drinkwater many thanx
elisa alderson
- Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:03:02 (PST)
I remember Charlie Keegan (& son George) very well.They lived close to me on The Avenue (Deneside)I think Charlie was in the Seaham Amateur society & George also was a comedian.Hope this helps you Jimmy Gilbert (West Australia).I enjoy reading the Guestbook comments..you do a great job,
Eileen (Scollen) Nutman
Longbeach, California - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:01:48 (PST)
I am trying to find information about my great uncle Thomas Walton and wife Josephine. They lived in the Seaham area c1912-28. Thomas was a miner and chairman of the Dawdon Workmens club for many years. I am aware that the family split up with Josephine and children leaving the area. Any new information would be much appreciated. Paul Walton.
Paul Walton
Whitehaven, Cumbria - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 13:00:13 (PST)
i dont want to upset the folk of seaham, but the black cats are gonna be relagated in may or before, a talking magpie told me so...popeye.
Yorks - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:58:51 (PST)
In the sixties our children collected small coloured glass pebbles on the beach. We took them home. drilled a small hole in the bottom of a wine bottle and fitted a light socket/switch. The bottle would then be given a 1/4" covering of polyfilla and the cleaned glass pebbles set in all over it. When dry, it was coated with clear polyurathane varnish. This made the glass completely translucent. The lighted table lamp really sparkled.
Stan Cooper
Manchester, - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:57:51 (PST)
Stan theres a chat room you can go to on here but its only at certain times if thats of any help.Other than that if there is anywhere you think of where we both know of near to us. I have past your address where you lived when we were younger and wanted to knock on but i remembered something about you moving from there or something so if u would like to meet there name time mate and i will be there .
D Green
Sunderland, - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:56:31 (PST)
Hi Stan i was just in formed by my sister Jacky that you replied to my shout on here nice to here you are still in U. k as i was lead to believe you moved to Oz . Whould also like to meet you been a long time lot of things happened since we last seen each other .Sorry i dont know how where to get information for where you are .as i just thought i would give this site ago as i tried to find u on different sites will try and find way to contact you privatly if i can find out how ok hope to here from you again soon.
D Green
Sunderland, - Monday, November 10, 2008 at 12:55:01 (PST)
Looking to see what happened to the love of my life - Ann Bowers, (although she never knew it!) whose Ma was a dinner lady at Dawdon County Junior Boys' School (prop J O Henderson) and who used to swim in the ladies' formation swimming team. Interesting to read of John Lowery and J Murley, who (John) helped me restore a £5 double bass, Barrie Grundy. Also, any news of Jeanette Paterson (Pattison/Patterson) of Heathway, Parkside?
John Laws
Tourbes , - Monday, November 03, 2008 at 13:03:23 (PST)
I have recently seen 6 plates, cups, saucers and side plates depicting Seaham scenes (re: query by Barbara Bentley 18th Sept.)Contact D. Noppe, Decor Art Creations Ltd, 27, New Dover Rd, Canterbury CT1 3DN. They cost £124.95 and it was one of 150 series. Hope this helps the lady
Stan Cooper
Manchester, - Monday, November 03, 2008 at 12:58:59 (PST)
I have seen several references to "glass collecting" on this page, can someone please explain what its all about.
Thomas Johnson
- Monday, November 03, 2008 at 12:57:29 (PST)
Hi Does anyone remember an Elizabeth Cowell living with her sister Mary Cowell at Parkside in the seventies.
june lynch
brighton, - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 06:19:06 (PDT)
Message for D.Green who is looking for his cousins. Would like to meet but I have heard nothing since I replied to your posting.Please let me know how to get in touch. Stan
Stan Green
Houghton le Spring, - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 06:17:55 (PDT)
nearly forgot, to Mr Horn : my blind great-grandfather was a Gulliver, I remember Gordon too. And to Mr Williams who said his father was called Carbine, I am sure that this must be the same Carbine Williams that my dad has a picture of from the 50's - he has got his foot up on the chair playing a guitar, they were mates back then.
No Name
UK - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 06:16:35 (PDT)
comments regarding previous questions by others : CELIA FIELD was looking for her relative WILLIAM CHATER, I remember a family of Americans named Chater who visited relatives in Seaham in the mid 1970's, they were friends with the family who had a photographic shop in Church Street. Glass collecting on the beach, done it since the 60's and it is always on the wish list when going to Seaham. I cherish this site, like a walk through time you have all taken me back to a great era, I remember Lenny Button and also the ice cream barrow, the big concrete sound mirror and the old air raid shelter on 'the other side' of the "new" road that they built behind Westlea. On the holiday "expeditions" up to Bulmers farm us kids were like a scene out of the wizard of oz, trashing the cornfields and "snorta" raiding on the way there. Riding old prams down the "dilly" and nicking out of school to go to the pit canteen opposite the Mill Inn. High Colliery - officially the coldest school in the country and Mr. Shipley. Psychadelia for the world at the time might have been Hendrix, but to us it was the experience of the Noah's Ark disco. Thanks to all the folk on this site who contribute in a positive way towards guarding and keeping precious our feelings for this town, good on you all for showing that care... The beef crisps they sold in the youthy at the bottom of Deneside, distinct taste of the pop machine at Northlea school, the glass cups they used in Valente's cafes, the Hollow, "Cuthies" disco, walking to the pit baths regatta over the old bridge......
No Name
UK - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 06:15:23 (PDT)
This is a message for Tracy Gordon,of Northants UK. Regarding your search for information on Edwin Maynard and his whereabouts. many years ago he and his wife lived in Murton (nr Seaham) His daughter Hazel, married my brother Michael and lived at first at murton, then at Deneside, Seaham. Edwin who was ! a director of a local building business moved away from Murton to live at ryhope ( Seaham) and then they moved down the south. When my brother parted from Hazel, I understand that hazel, and leslie and stephen moved south to live near Edwin. I am afraid that is all the info that I can offer. My brother who will be your great grandfather, is still alive and has returned to live in Murton after living in Cambridge for over 30 years. I dont know whether edwin and his side of your family are still alive. A few years ago your uncle Stephen and I made efforts to bring Michael his father together, without any success. If you want any more info. please let me have your Email address via the admin of this site.
Fred Gordon
Sunderland, - Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 06:12:35 (PDT)
Hi Noreen Watson from Ilkley, great that you spotted my request.from my records, (of which are very scanty) my Grandfather was a William John Percy who lived in an aged miners home in New Seaham, near Sunderland in the 1960's if this is any help.I have so far in the past week found one relative ( we think! ) - through the Genesreunited website are you a member? Thanks once again for replying to my request, Sara Firth, Shipley, near Bradford
Sara Firth
Bradford, West Yorkshire - Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 15:39:03 (PDT)
RAY SCOLLEN …… ( Ref your entry 17 July ) Sorry to hear of your misfortunes Ray, but perhaps I may be of some help with the names on your list. In fact I’m one of them – Barrie Grundy ..... I left Seaham in 1961 to join the RAF and the following year met up again with Malcolm Crozier who was also doing an apprenticeship at RAF St Athans in S.Wales ..... As I recall, Keneth and Janet Willmot lived only a short distance away, Kathleen and Agnes McCormack (with their baby sister) lived at one end of our street and my sister Hazel and I at the other – we more or less comprised the Edward Street mob ..... When I left the RAF I joined the overseas division of Britsh Aerospace and bought a place in Spain ..... so I've lived and worked abroad most of my life and only returned for brief visits, and have now semi-retired to Devon ..... So I may not the best person to consult ..... But my sister Hazel (now Hazel Knox) has lived there all her life and her knowledge is encyclopaedic, so you may wish to contact her .... Let me know and I will put you in touch.
Barrie Grundy
Germansweek, Devon - Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 15:35:09 (PDT)
hello lynn its not the jean patterson i was looking for but i do know her lived in westlee wordsworth avenue nice to hear from you how you doing hows tacker doing well i hope do you still get in the oddies jeanette
jeanette graham ne dickinson
colne, lancashire - Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 15:32:40 (PDT)
CLEVELAND, - Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 15:30:13 (PDT)
Sarah Firth is looking for Percy Family i was a Percy Grandfather John Percy born 1886 lived in Dawdon ,a Miner .Have got back to 1799 with myside of family .any help will be pleased to help . Noreen
noreen watson
ilkley, leeds - Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 14:45:47 (PDT)
Hello Janette,How you doing, you asked about Jean Patterson,if its Alans wife she died a few years ago.Dont know about the others.Take Care. Lynn
- Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 14:44:21 (PDT)
Hello I would like to know if anyone remembers my mam. Her name is Winifred she was born 1925. Her maiden name was Todd and her first married name was Donnelly. She married again after my dad was killed at the pit in 1953. Her married name then is Williams. We lived in a prefab in Eastlea then we moved to westlea. In 1961 they emigrated to Oz. Mam passed away this year at 83 yrs. Thanks Margaret Kent (nee Donnelly)
Margaret Kent
Harrington, NSW - Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 14:42:54 (PDT)
hierley my mum was joyce cardy then she married and became joyce james i am her youngest daughter beverley hierley my mum was joyce cardy then she married and became joyce james i am her youngest daughter beverley
beverley collett
north shields, - Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 15:31:35 (PDT)
does anyone know jean patterson lavinya armstron christine peel lived in seaham ps iuse to live next door to lynn reay ash cresent parkside
jeanette graham ne dickinson
Colne, Lancashire - Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 15:30:04 (PDT)
Hi there. Just wondering if any one has any info on the Percy family from New Seaham, John William Percy, married to Anne or Annie I believe, - (She died in the 1950's from emphasemia) who I believe also had a daughter - Isobel. John, I think retired into one of the aged Miners homes in Byron Terrace, New Seaham in the 1960's Sorry this is a bit vague, but any info / family history regarding this family will be gratefully appreciated. Very interesing web-site by the way. Sara Firth.
Sara Firth
Bradford, West Yorkshire - Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 15:28:09 (PDT)
Great visiting Your lovely town,nice little centre for shopping and refreshments. Enjoyed the prom walks, lighthouse,harbour and beach, kids were thrilled. Thanks for an enjoyable time
Mike Mcelkennon
Corby , Northants - Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 15:25:36 (PDT)
I have just returned from Newcastle, having been to see the play 'Geoff Dead Disco for Sale', at the Live Theatre, on the Quay Side. This is the story of a Seaham's families fight for justice. In my opinion it is worth a visit. On the way to the Northeast I met a couple on the train who where visiting from Australia. His mother (born in Seaham) had been sent to Australia at the tender age of 6 under the orphan scheme. He and his wife were hoping to see the house his mother was born in, the one she lived in before being orphaned, and the orphanage in Easington that she was in before being shipped to Australia. I felt a bit sorry that I had no time to guide them around the area.
Tom Moreland
London, - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 12:44:21 (PDT)
Does anyone know the where a bouts of a man called david Stephenson who used to live on The Avenue at Deneside when he was a lad.When we were about 13 we all met up at a Sunday School Camp, I think it was at Marske in Yorkshire.Dave would be about 68 now and I heard some time ago that he was living still in the Seaham area.I used to live in Hendon in Sunderland and another in our group of friends was girl called Ann Thompson, David may remember her too. There was also a lad from Stockton called Alan Wells.I would love to know how David is.Regards to all from Ann Hansen nee Pike in Australia
Ann Hansen
Banora Point, New South Wales - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 12:42:16 (PDT)
In the 1950s, a group of us spent a week in a Sunday School camp in Marske and also in Staithes in Yorkshire.WE made friends with others, one of which was a lad from Seaham called David Stephenson. He lived on the Avenue at Deneside.I heard that he is still living in the Seaham area and I wondered if anyone knew of him.David would be about 68 years old now and I often wondered what he had done in his life.My name in those days was Ann Pike and I lived in Hendon in Sunderland along with my other school friend called Ann Thompson. I wonder if David would remember us.If anyone knows of him, would you please tell him I said "Hello from Australia". I would love to hear from him Regards to you all from Ann
Ann Hanson
Banora Point , New South Wales - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 12:40:49 (PDT)
for r briggs, we were searched & chased off site,the ammo clip was in my wellys, crippled me walking from site to grans on 24 byron terr,, bob wilkinson had the rolls royce engine I/D plate, wouldnt swap it for a sack full of shrapnel,, memories R M
r masters
- Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 12:38:54 (PDT)
saw John Brennans query on the guestbook as to whether John Lowery married Jennifer Murley. Well I am a friend of Jennifer Lowery (nee Murley) here in Harrogate. Too much of a coincidence to not be the same person - so obviously they did marry though Jennifer is I believe divorced now.
Dorothy Hawkins (Reay)
Harrogate, N.Yorks. - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 12:37:00 (PDT)
could never understand why dawdon colliery continued to break coal production records in the 50s and 60s only for it to stock piled just up the road into a mountain of coal . which no one was allowed to touch. why didnt the miners take time out .
Yorks, - Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 12:34:37 (PDT)
Hi Ed, nice to talk to you after all these years. I must confess that my memory banks are as good as the credit crunch but I can remember a couple of the lads who played in our all conquering Dawdon Junior School football team in the 50s. Alan Deighton, Eddie Corkill and yourself. If anyone can fill in the other names It would stir the memory. Can you remember us getting changed as the bus was taking us to some of our away games? I also remember as a goalkeeper getting battered a few times by parents with handbags who did not like to see their team being beaten by us. Happy days. I would also like to hear from a few friends I knew when I lived at Dawdon, Billy Ferguson who lived in Dawdon Crescent, Herman Goodall from Wynyard Street but moved to a house behind the fire station, Joyce Baxter who I think lived in Longnewton street, here's hoping.
Ray K
New Marske, N.Yorks. - Monday, October 06, 2008 at 12:16:45 (PDT)
Hi Ed, nice to talk to you after all these years. I must confess that my memory banks are as good as the credit crunch but I can remember a couple of the lads who played in our all conquering Dawdon Junior School football team in the 50s. Alan Deighton, Eddie Corkill and yourself. If anyone can fill in the other names It would stir the memory. Can you remember us getting changed as the bus was taking us to some of our away games? I also remember as a goalkeeper getting battered a few times by parents with handbags who did not like to see their team being beaten by us. Happy days. I would also like to hear from a few friends I knew when I lived at Dawdon, Billy Ferguson who lived in Dawdon Crescent, Herman Goodall from Wynyard Street but moved to a house behind the fire station, Joyce Baxter who I think lived in Longnewton street, here's hoping.
Ray K
New Marske, N.Yorks. - Monday, October 06, 2008 at 12:16:30 (PDT)
Message for R Masters, Stevenage. I attended Byron Terrace School during WW2 and remember the RAF Fighter plane attempting to land in the field below school, if I remember correctly it was being flown by a Polish pilot. The local police came door to door asking any one who had scavenged bits and pieces of the aircraft, a Spitfire I believe, to please turn it over. How did you manage to keep your ammunition clip ? As I alluded to earlier I attended Byron Terrace School starting in 1940 and can remember assembling in the school yard when the air raid siren sounded and marching down into the air raid shelter until the " All clear " sounded. Here in Nova Scotia, when we have snow forecast, they cancel school for the day, bloody ridiculous ! The American Army manned an Anti Aircraft Gun Battery in what became the Squatters Field. Happy days !
Ray. Briggs
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada - Monday, October 06, 2008 at 12:13:00 (PDT)
I'm glad there is a good number of people who remember what Seaham looked like in the old days. The essence of life has moved on though but it is great to remember old school or workmates. I used to play with a June Defty when I went to School, I wonder what happened to her? I notice Seaham folk are buying things on Bid TV on Freeview.
Brian Greenfingers
Southampton, UK - Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 04:08:19 (PDT)
wondered if my message for D.Green has been rec'd. He is looking for his cousins which I am one of them. Would like to be put in touch with him but I am unsure how to do this using this website. Please let me know.
Stan Green
Houghton-Le-Spring , Tyne & Wear UK - Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 04:06:20 (PDT)
I am replying to D.Green who is looking for his cousins.Hello this is Stan. Would really like to get in touch but I am unsure how this website operates.Perhaps someone will let me know what the next step is.
Stan Green
Houghton-Le-Spring , Tyne & Wear UK - Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 04:03:04 (PDT)
I am replying to D.Green who is looking for his cousins.Hello this is Stan. Would really like to get in touch but I am unsure how this website operates.Perhaps someone will let me know what the next step is.
Stan Green
Houghton-Le-Spring , Tyne & Wear UK - Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 04:03:04 (PDT)
ray briggs nova scotia,, U.S troop was stationed as you said just down from lodge, lot of transport, cant remember guns,,and always good for hard to get piece of gum,, british fighter crashed in trees at camp entrance 43---44 still got ammoo clip from the crash site in one of my boxes RM
r masters
stevenage, ,UK - Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 04:01:19 (PDT)
I went to Seaham once in 1970, thought the mines had chair lifts!! It was a nice place so far as I remember. Stayed in Parkside with my then boyfriend George.
Perth , Western Australia , - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 11:01:30 (PDT)
The squatters huts were in what used to be known as the Boy Scouts field which is now a building estate. The huts were occupied by an Anti Aircraft Artillery Unit, American I believe, during the 1940's. The Boy Scouts field was located just east of Byron Terrace School and to the right of the road running down from the Lodge. To this day there is a foot path leading from the housing estate to the road. The huts, at the end of the WW2, had the windows smashed out but one could still see the various aircraft identification charts pasted on the walls. There was also an old piano in one of the rooms. My boyhood buddy and I used to climb onto the roof of this particular hut and drop rocks onto the exposed piano strings. One day when we were dong this the local Bobby apprehended us and asked what we would prefer, " A whack across the backside or should I tell your parents", we agreed to the first! Happy days! My old buddy still lives in Seaton Village, I've visited him several times in recent years and hope to do so in the not to distant future.
Ray Briggs
Bridgewater , Nova Scotia Canada - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:59:57 (PDT)
To James Defty when i lived in Malvern Crescent there were Defty,s living across the road from our house at nuber 81,im getting on a bit now and cant remember any christian names except for ? John Defty. I am only going back to the early sixties on this one. Jupiter. John spencer son of Jack of Malvern Crescent
John Spencer
Portsmouth, Hants, - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:56:42 (PDT)
to james deffty there were 2 familys up deneside called deffty one lived near us in oxford street i cant remember thier father but there was 3 lads alan,brian and maurice the last one joined the pioneer cor in about1963 and the last i herd was a sargent,brian moved to sunderland alan im not sure if he is still with us or not.I know thier mams maiden name was slee.Then there was the other family which mostely got called smokey i went to school with terry there were a few in the family but cant remember thier names but i have just remembered there was another deffty fam who lived in malvern they had a son thick set lad with loads of curlt hair i think he had some learning trouble but just cant remember his name either.I know that there are still relations of both sets in seaham and maurice moved away with the army he will be about 62/63 now.
sunderland , - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:54:52 (PDT)
For Gavin Creswell, Toronto, posted April 2008 Regarding your family, you may well already know this but it may help. I lived at 9 Grants Crescent from 1948 to 1962 when I left to go to college, my parents continued to live their more or less untill the death of my mother in the 90's. I remember Brian Kirtley though did not really know him, he was a good bit older than me, but his mother and younger brother (Ray) lived at 11 Grants Crescent. I used to play out with Ray and some of the other children probably until I went to Ryhope Grammer School, Ray was perhaps 1 or 2 years younger than me, I am 64 now. I don't know much about his mother but as I recall she was either a widow or I think divorced, and I seem to remember she was a nurse. As it happens I was in Seaham a month ago and Grant's Crescent hasn't changed at all.
Bill Bailey
Cosby, Leicestershire, - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:53:38 (PDT)
I have just returned from Seaham after a short stay attempting to aid a sick relative in The Avenue Denside. I grabbed the opportunity of looking around taking many photographs but what impressed me above all else was having a pint of Exhibition Ale in Deneside club for which I paid the princely sum of £1.57. You lucky people
Surtees Gleghorn
Taunton, Somerset - Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:51:44 (PDT)
Message for Fred Davies. What's a lad from Seaham Harbour doing in Bergeo Newfoundland. I also left Seaham many,many years ago but I think you got over here before me !
Ray Briggs
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:41:18 (PDT)
Hi nice to see a page that maybe able to help me .I am looking for any leads that i can get to find out where abouts my 3 cousins might be. My cousins names are Stanley, Brian & Ian Green i hav'nt seen them for about 30yrs. They lived in Dawdon when they were young their mother was called Pearl then they moved to Houghton Le Spring.on the Leaholme estate, Warden Law .If anyone can help i will be most grateful as i been trying for awhile to find them.
Sunderland, Tyne & Wear UK - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:39:43 (PDT)
Yes hello liz jarrow Stokers are well remembered from Pakside, but there again you asked the same question last year, only this time i see Crawley is now in w.sussex. have they moved the boundries are have you just gone upmarket.Never mind I'll ask the same quesyion as I did last year, how's youur mam. Is that right she want's to come back home. I still see your uncle Dan and he tells me EVERYTHING. Bye for now.
Jim Duggan
seaham, Co. Durham uk - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:38:14 (PDT)
When I attended Byron Terrace School 1946/47 I seem to remember there being squatters huts at the back of the school adjacent to the school field - as kids we used to look through the fence at the people living there
Muriel Cox
Moulton , Lincs. UK - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:36:36 (PDT)
My mother Dorothy Jackson from Easington Colliery learnt to swim in Seaham harbour - from a harness on a pole walked up the length of the old harbour wall in about 1928
ann bracey
uzès , gard france - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:35:20 (PDT)
I visited the squatter's huts outside Seaham Hall with that well known person , Willy Soppitt. Anybody know where he is. Also some cryptic questions. Did John Lowery ever marry Jennifer Murley and did Graham Chayter follow his father into the butchery business? Just curious.
john brennan
hong kong , China - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:33:45 (PDT)
TO: Liz JallowLiz there doesn't seem to be any problem receiving your mail now.
Ed Mason
Crawley, W.Sussex - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:32:16 (PDT)
hello does anybody know of any DEFTY'S living in Seaham.My father was born there, ANTHONY DEFTY. 1903 I'm interested in finding out about a ROBERT DEFTY from SEAHAM who won medals in the first world war. his medals are in D L I museum.
James Defty
basingstoke, hampshire, UK - Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:29:02 (PDT)
The Parkside Stokers, didn't they let the fire go out...?
Mick Smith
- Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 03:26:44 (PDT)
hello liz jallow,i lived next door to your mam on the cres,remember?
Seaham, - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 14:45:27 (PDT)
For Ann Hanson nee Pike Hello Ann from the Couplands(not Copeland) of Corcyra Street Glad to hear you and Ian are well.We all send our best wishes to you both Jean
Jean Hodgson
Cramlington, Northumberland, UK - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 14:44:00 (PDT)
Hi Liz,I remember Ann Stoker Parkside Cres.Are you her daughter.
Lynn Reay
- Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 14:41:46 (PDT)
Correction. I left Ryhope Sec. in 1937. My family moved to Hebburn in 1938. Regards to all.
Ernie Alderson
Barnsley , S.Yorks. UK - Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 14:35:16 (PDT)
Hi out there does anyone remember the stoker's from parkside?
liz jallow
crawley, W.Sussex UK - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 05:38:58 (PDT)
A 'thread' on the HEBBURN website concerns the subject of a streamlined Pacific A4 Locomotive that was known as a 'Streak'. I believe that the forerunner of this loco type used to steam south passing the Cricket Ground on a Saturday afternoon in 1936(?) which we young uns used to call the 'Hush-hush' because the design was supposed to be secret and had not been given a name. I think that its number was 1000. I believe that it entered service as the ' Silver Link'. Does anyone else remember this loco? My family mover to the Harbour from Sunderland in 1926. My Dad was a Grocer who worked for Mr. Metcclf. He also played football alongside Tommy Bruce for the Seaham Butchers. We lived in an upstairs flat, above the Fred Foggins, at 28 Aldophus St. West. Later we lived at 19, Nelson St. I began my schooling at Viceroy St. Infants, St. John's, Low Colliery , Byron Terrace and Ryhope Sec. which I left in 1927 to work at Rerolle's in Hebburn. My sincere regards to any of my school friends who may vaguely remember our family. My parents Ernie & Rebecca (Becky). my brothers Albert, Edward and Alan.
Ernie Alderson
Barnsley, S.Yorks., UK - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 05:37:21 (PDT)
I am looking for a set of plates of Seaham Harbour (limited edition), don´t know who makes them but there is a set of 6, I think. I would to have a set to put on my wall over here in Spain as a reminder of very happy memories of my childhood living in Church Street (above Chaytors Butchers) and Parkside. I will keep looking at the site to see if anyone can help me. Best wishes to everyone in Seaham - I hope to be over to visit my sister Carol Mitchell before the end of the year.
Barbara Bentley
San Fulgencio , Alicante Spain - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 05:35:07 (PDT)
what a mint site,seaham on the map eh! if any one whould like t get in touch with any one from seaham and is finding it hard send me an email and i will try and help... ive lived in seaham all me life still in parkside or darkside as we all know it.
marie kennedy
Seaham, Co. Durham, uk - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 05:33:36 (PDT)
Does anyone remember a local comedian, Charlie Keegan? During the war the squatter's huts were army barracks at which Charlie and I performed.
Jimmy Gilbert
Balga , W.Australia, Australia - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 05:31:49 (PDT)
Does anyone remember Charlie Keegan? Originally the squatter's huts were army barracks at which Charlie and I performed for the troops during the war.
Jimmy Gilbert
Balga, W.Australia Australia - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 05:30:15 (PDT)
The only squatters huts that I can recall were on the field opposite the entrance to Seaham Hall, where the large car park and the kiosk is now. There were quite a few, each made of timber and raised from the ground on supports. The door was at the end that would be facing south with four or five wood steps leading to it. I remember them being demolished, but can't put an exact date to it, but I'm sure that it coincided with the erection of the Northlea prefabs.
Ed Douglas
Yorkshire - Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 05:28:42 (PDT)
Joan Lewis I saw your comment about 'Squatters', I knew you a long time ago,your dad was a great character. You have a cousin Barry who would like to get in touch with you but has'nt your address.
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 11:34:31 (PDT)
Well, when I mentioned 'Squatters Huts' a while ago, I did'nt think it would ring a bell or two. I went to the Sis with Billy Soppit who lived there. Ofcourse we called him 'Soppy' Heaven knows where Billy is now?
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 11:28:28 (PDT)
In response to the 'Squatters Huts'. My mam and dad, Edie and Dave Clarke, lived in the Squatters just after they married but i understood it was in the Byron Walk area. Were there Squatters Huts in more than one area in Seaham? My dad worked at the knack and it seems that on hearing about the possibility of claiming squatters rights (he had just finished his shift at the pit and was still black with coal dust) he was hastily sent off with a wooden chair, a candle, and his bait to claim squatters rights. My dad said he awoke the following morning to find a cow with its head poked through a glassless window mooing! Once the council restored the windows they had to pay rent. They lived there very happily it seems with my sister and me until they became upwardly mobile and moved to a prefab in Hall street! Happy days.
Jenny Nelson
Northallerton , N.Yorks. - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 13:44:45 (PDT)
Just a question for all those that live in and around Seaham. What feedback could you give me regarding a Music Venue in Seaham? It's something all the regeneration hasn't brought to the town. We have so many good musicians but they have no where locally to rehearse or gig.
Seaham, Co. Durham - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 13:43:09 (PDT)
Am just trying to find out if anybody living in or around Seaham is interested in a Music Venue in the town. There's so much regeneration going on which is great, but it's all houses, factories and shops. There are so many good musicians locally but no-where to practice or play. Any feedback is welcome
Seaham, Co. Durham - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 13:41:52 (PDT)
Wondering why none of my messages get posted. ED: Keep adding jupiter to your comments otherwise we won't receive them.
Seaham, Co. Durham - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 13:40:26 (PDT)
poor old ganny steel all that coal in seaham, and she had to nick it, if i had known she could have got in my coal house and had my lump as well
Yorkshire - Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 13:37:59 (PDT)
Eric Leighton, thanks for your info on the Miners Hall and the buildings on the side. Greenfingers is a 'computer handle' like Popye or Seahamlad. My Da worked at the Knack from the 1930s to 1953 then like many Seahamits who thought the grass was greener on the other side of the hill. We all went to live and work in the North Staffordshire mines. For myself, I went into the Army after only two years in the mine and was glad I did. I doubt whether I would recognize much of Seaham now, every one who pays a visit after years away say how it's changed. You are not a coffin dodger Eric. I can see you finding your Club has changed to a Lap-Dancing club one day, how about that then?
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 13:36:03 (PDT)
does anyone remember the wood family of viceroy street billy wood looking for any family
debbie galley
chelmsley wood , birmingham Uk - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:15:59 (PDT)
oh how the harbour has changed over the years i have been away i like the new byron shopping centre and the walks along what yoused to be the old railway lines for the coal trucks
tony sutherland
drogheda, Louth Ireland - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:14:26 (PDT)
i was born in malvern cresent i was in seaham not to long agoe was very surprised to see malver has been cut down in size also quite a lot of changes taken place looking forward to coming back very soon
tony sutherland
drogheda , louth Ireland - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:12:58 (PDT)
Nice to read about seaham.i left in 54 to join the navy,came to NL in 71.
fred davies
burgeo , canada - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:11:28 (PDT)
Hi to all in Seaham. we are visiting friends at Dalton Grange June 2009 - July 2009 if anyone can help with a Bed and Breakfast in the area would be grand. We are flying in from Australia. Thanks great web site great idea. Regards Lynda
Ipswich, Queensland Australia - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:09:33 (PDT)
Popye, you would not have kept your pinapple size coal long if you had lived in Cornish Street near the Knack. There was an old woman we kids called Ganny Steele in those days. Ganny used to climmb through peoples coal-house hatches and help herself, her bath was full of it! Bless Her!
Brian Greenfingers
Hampshire.. - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:07:52 (PDT)
Message for Lucy Chambers. Hope you are getting my emails ok Lucy as my computer is playing up. We are all well and hope you are too. Love from Ann xx
Ann Hansen
Banora Point , NSW Australia - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:06:30 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers. In your entry March 2008 you ask if anyone remembers the Squatters Huts well I do not remember them but had lots of story told to me by my late father Ernie Johnson who with the family lived there after they had been bombed out of their home. From his stories it was not a bad place to live.
Joan Lewis
Llanelli , Carmarthenshire Wales - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:04:57 (PDT)
Hello Les of Billingham, did you manage to find the pictures of Harry Neil? Please send in your email to be sent on to me.
maureen rafferty
Farnborough, hants. UK - Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 14:02:52 (PDT)
is there any coal left in seaham. ive got a lump of coal size of a pineapple i took from the maudlin seam at the vane tempest in the early sixties
Yorks. - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 03:48:54 (PDT)
Hi my Father(George Douglas Laverick)also known as Danny, grew up in 2 Bethune Avenue and 26 Jasper Avenue. We would like any information of anyone else who knew him or lived in that part of Durham.Many Thanks.David.
David Laverick
- Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 03:46:48 (PDT)
Re- The Knack Hall for Brian Greenfingers. The Miners Hall is still standing, and is now in private hands. The two houses each side of it (south and north house) were sold and then the Miners Hall went to private buyers. (What happened to the money of the sale, where did that go to!) The Miners Hall was made into two flats and are now up for sale. Can your remember the floor which sloped down to the stage, and it was also used as a dance hall. When dancing you slid down one side and then you had to dance uphill with a struggle on the other side. The Knack Club is now owned by the brewery and anybody with enough money can buy it outright. The clubs are now failing thru lack of members and like every Workings Mans Clubs in the Harbour. The young ones have no time for the local clubs and go to Sunderland where the bars have cheap beer and are open nearly all day. Us coffin dodgers are still drinking there and doing our best to keep it open. Any more info needed just ask as I live straight oppisite the Miners Hall. Brian did you ever work at the Knack Pit as I have ask about if anyone can remember you, and all I get is a shacking of heads.
Eric Leighton
Seaham, Co. Durham - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 03:45:23 (PDT)
Laura Oates: My Grandad James Jubb used to work at what we called 'The Bottle House' around 1910. I suppose you mean that Glass Works. Anyway, I do'nt know wheather any old lists of workers exist anymore. Like the 'Lost Gardens Of Heligan' in Cornwall. All the young men who worked there were obliged to fight in the 'First World War' and they never returned home because they were all lost in those WW1 killing fields. I can only assume the 'Bottle House' workers sufferd the same fate.
Brian Greenfingers
Hampshire - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 03:43:50 (PDT)
does anyone know if there is a record of employees and apprentices, for the glass works in seaham harbour,in which I am sure by fatherinlaw worked, before he left for Glasgow, in l910.
laura oates
Townsville, Queensland Australia - Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 03:41:59 (PDT)
does anyone know if there is a record of employees and apprentices, for the glass works in seaham harbour,in which I am sure by fatherinlaw worked, before he left for Glasgow, in l910.
laura oates
townsville , Queensland Australia - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 08:54:44 (PDT)
I also remember the call for miners meetings being done by the 'crakeman' who used a 'crake' or rattle ( popularly used by football supporter then) to draw attention to the news of the impending meeting.Unfortunately in some cases, by the time the miners had got to the door to hear what he had to say, he had moved on to the next street !!-
Tom Kennedy
Seaham, Co. Durham uk - Monday, September 01, 2008 at 08:43:37 (PDT)
What a fantastic website.I left SEAHAM in 1965 and come back this MARCH 2008 I saw ANDREA LEE message posted on the 9th APRIL2008 14-40-15 for info on ROBERT PEEL if ANDREA would send me her e-mail adres and i will tel her all about UNCLE ROBERT i have got photers and a lot of outher info
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 21:25:52 (PDT)
Seaham, cleveland UK - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 14:53:52 (PDT)
I hope nothing bad happens to the Miners Hall Phil. I remember It being used for what it was built for. Before we in Seaham could afford telephones. A man used to walk the streets calling out: "Special meetin' at the Miners Hall, the neet, at six o clock.
Brian Greenfingers
Hampshire - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 14:51:53 (PDT)
Hi Les of Billingham, re your pictures of Harry Neil, would love to see them, send your email address with your next entry for the Guestbook. As i said before my husband was best man at harry and sheilas wedding, harry always went around with frankie as i said so who knows you might even know frankie he lived in ennerdale close and also viceroy street, not the one down the harbour, think it was westlea Looking forward to receiving the photos Les.
Maureen Rafferty
Farnborough, Hants. UK - Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 15:04:19 (PDT)
Hi, how are everyone? i'm happy to get the chance to look at what i left behind and remember the good times i had there, i'm looking forward to the day when i return to visit my old friends.
Alan Sharp
Salford, Greater Manchester UK - Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 15:01:45 (PDT)
I have the British census for 1881 here. Had a look for Dixons in Seaham In 1881. There are several households in Doctor St, Church St, Australia Terr, Hale St, Hall St etc. If you have any christian names I could try to pin them down. Same goes for anyone else looking in 1881.
To Susan Hancock.
- Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 14:59:57 (PDT)
Does anybody know what is happening to the Nack Miners' Hall. It seems to have been sold but what is going to happen to it? Hope it is going to be kept in good order and not demolished.
Phil Lynn
Seaham, England - Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 08:50:01 (PDT)
Hi Ed,just testing to see if your new set up is working ok
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 07:07:08 (PDT)
Hi everyone. Sorry to have taken so long to get the Guestbook back online. We now have a new Internet Service Provider (ISP). Connection is now mcuh faster though they currently have some problems which prevents us from auto mating the Guestbook entries. However, will will proceed manually for now. You shouldn't notice any difference. Some of you submissions dirung the last couple of weeks may have been lost in the process. Apologies. Please send them again and we will publish as quickly as possible.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 14:30:53 (PDT)
Hi everyone. You may been experiencing difficulties in submitting items for the Guestbook. We are changing ISPs and this may take us take a little time to get everything working as normal. So we are doing the usual summer maintenance now. Please keep sending in your submissions and they will eventually be entered. If you have difficulties then email us direct at mace@daltonet.commmunist after correction of the .com.
- Ed Mason,
Seaham July 30, 2008 at 18:47
Hello,Just found this site brilliant and iteresting to read,Ihave been doing my tree and found most of my family come from Seaham Dixon's 21 N.B Railway 1891 c;.Don't have any info as all family died so have had to search Ancestry but i am reading everything about Seaham,Sunderland.
Sandra Hancock.
- Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 14:41:53 (PDT)
with regard to chock drawing,originally the coal face was supported by wooden chocks of about 2 feet long and 6-8 inches square and built up in the firm of a 2 foot square as you would build dominoes for example the bottom set would include a chock made of steel whic included a quick release device.As the coal face progressed these devives would be tripped allowing the buit up chocks to fall and thus allowing the roof to fall behind the advancing face.As many as possible of the fallen chocks were salvaged to be used again which made the recovery of these chocks very hazardous and dangerous.as technology improved the wooden chocks were replaced by huge hydraulic chocks which bothincreased the safety issues and made the work slightlyless arduous.tom kennedy
tom kennedy
seaham, - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 14:38:57 (PDT)
Hi lynn,yes it was me that helped you with your homework,did it do any good though?.I had some great times in the Duke and I think I still owe your mam 10 bob she lent me.She was a great lady and I was one of the few who could squeeze a drink out of your dad-regards Tom
tom kennedy
seaham, - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 14:38:15 (PDT)
Maureen Rafferty, thank you for letting us know what a 'Chock Drawer' did down the pit. It all adds to the picture of life underground so many years ago. You left a note some time ago about the death of Harry Neil; was he a relative? I have a photograph of Harry and friends that I could e-mail to you if you wish. Kind regards. Les
Les A
Billingham, - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 14:37:18 (PDT)
I have just come across your web page, and I am hoping it may help me to trace any relatives in the seaham district.
ernest oates
townsville, - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 14:36:25 (PDT)
Hi, just found your wonderful website. Can anyone help.... Peter and Ellen Roper, b.1805 in Ireland, living in Seaham (Easington), Back South Railway St. on the 1851 census. Son Peter Roper b.1840 - 1st wife, Ann died 1875, married Mary McRoy 1879. Looking for info on John Roper, b.1850, who married Ann Hunt in 1872, I know Peter and John are Brothers but cannot find any of them on the 1861 census. Got 1851, before Johns birth and 1871 after he left home, but can't prove the link. John's daughter Elizabeth b.1875, married Adam McClennan b.1865 In Usworth. These are my grandparents. Info on any of the above mentioned would be gratefully received. Thankyou. Angy
Near Skipton, - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 14:35:06 (PDT)
To Susan in Canada, yes I am looking for any information I can find on any of the Mintos, I don't have an authentic birthdate for Luke Minto, and I don't know where in Ireland he was born. I don't have a birthdate or maiden name for Hannah either. Certainly any information would be appreciated. I'm sorry for the confusion. Mary Jo
Mary Jo
Buffalo, - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 14:33:47 (PDT)
Is that the Tom Kennedy who used to do my homework in the Duke
Seaham, - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 16:08:15 (PDT)
To Ron Masters and Les A, thanks for responding so helpfully. Very interesting the number of errors that occur in records. William (James) Mcloughlin is, I think, the right name. His widow Bella is shown in the 1881 census as being called 'McGlofflin'. Made finding her a bit of a trial! As to family, William left Bella with Three children. This discrepancy puzzled me at first but her daughter, my grandmother Mary, was 30 years old with two children of her own and James and Frank were 19 and 14 at the time and were a timber leader and a miner so the relief authorities were correct in that Bella had no 'dependant' children. Thanks a lot for the help and interest.
Mick Smith
- Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 16:06:54 (PDT)
Nice site. Very interesting. Thanks.
David Livingstone
New Zealand - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 16:05:37 (PDT)
Sorry Mary Jo, I misunderstood your question.I did find Luke in the 1841,1851, and a Hannah, and a Luke in the 1861 census.On reading your original post I understand that you weren't searching for them.There are three dates of birth for Luke, 1831,1832, 1833.
Canada - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 16:04:50 (PDT)
Les A of Billingham, re:chock drawer, according to my hubbie a chock drawer was a man that went down the pit after the men had finished to try and release the chock and let the roof down, it was a specially made piece of wood, hope this makes sense. regards M.Rafferty
Farnborough, - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 16:02:49 (PDT)
Love this site, but is there a facebook page that we could all use to - too see some photos and keep threads apart?
Carole Harrison
Coquitlam, BC Canada - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:17:21 (PDT)
My husband's family come from Easington, Seaham, Seaham Harbour and Murton. His father and grandfather were called George Luke and his aunt is Una. His father's parents were Mary Ann Neil and George Luke His grandparents were Robert Neill and Frances Roxby George Luke and Emma Cook Many of the 'older' generation were miners. Some killed in pit falls. If anyone is related to or know people connected to the family. Roxby, Luke, Neil, Lee, Cook etc we would love to hear from them as we are putting the family tree together.
Coral Luke
Seigny, France - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:15:19 (PDT)
What a fantastic website. Found by accident! I lived in Seaham until going to college in Bath, aged 18 in 1974. My dad was a miner at the Vane Tempest so I was interested to read about your plans to have the lodge banner repaired. It was also good to read about the Durham Day activities of younger children. It would be great to try to keep some of the old traditions going. I visit Seaham regularly because some (older) members of my family still live there
Linda Langley
Yatton, North Somerset - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:12:01 (PDT)
Mick Smith, in my earlier note I said that your Great Grandfather was a 'clock drawer'. On looking again at my document I see it was 'chock drawer'. I don't know if it is the print that is fading or my eyesight; I suspect it is the latter. However, I still do not know what a chock drawer did. Was it to do with the full tubs of coal; perhaps someone will tell us? Kind regards. Les
Les A
Billingham, - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:10:38 (PDT)
Hello, Mick Smith. Yes, William Mclaughlin aged 54 had no dependent children at the time of his death. He was a 'Clock Drawer' at the pit; perhaps someone can tell us what a clock drawer did? He lived at 4 William Street, a row of cottages on the east side of the Mill Inn bank, with his wife, Isabella, aged 59. Isabella recieved £5 legacy and 10s each fortnight. I hope this information gives some enlightenment into the lives of your great grandparents. Kind regards. Les
Les A
Billingham, - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:09:49 (PDT)
I am trying to find Alan Paxton who I believe lives in or around Seaham Harbour. He is my daughters God Father. I lost touch with him some years ago and would like to find him and let him know how well she has done for herself. Alan I was told was a truck driver but of that I can not be sure of. He will be in his early 70's now. His father was a local butcher in the area.
Dawne Walker
Scarborough, - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:08:54 (PDT)
to mick smith read your mail with interest.the list of names i have just states who got relief but not amounts,it was noted later that some names differed , dosen,t say how,,,to other lists,, mine shows a William McLAUCHLIN age 54,could it just be a spelling mistake R.M
r masters
stevenage, - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:07:34 (PDT)
Well, now that we've established I exist there are a few peeps I'd like to know about in no particular order. Maureen Morris, Billy Coates, Malcolm Crozier, Barry Grundy, Ken and Janet Willmot, Kathleen and Sandra(?) McCormack, Nicky and Tisha Tullock. These were friends from my early to mid teens and as you get a little older and realize what a waste of a life you've had memories are all you have left. In the course of the years I've had a couple of nervous breakdowns so my memory of recent times i.e 1980 to 1999 are severely impaired. Also any photos of my childhood are gone. I may be clutching at straws here but if any one recognizes any of the above names I would like to hear from you or them. A cousin of mine is mentioned on here occasionally .. Babs Reay. If anyone knows here please say 'Hi' for me. I'll shut me gob now. Realname: Ray Scollen
Ray Scollen
Driffield, East Yorkshire - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:06:30 (PDT)
To Susan in Canada, I made a previous entry with my Great-Great Grandfathers (Luke Minto) date of birth as 1832. And my Great-Grandfather, William Minto born in Seaham as April 1, 1860. Thankyou for your interest.Mary Jo
Mary Jo Brummer
Buffalo, Erie Co/New York - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:04:21 (PDT)
FOR: Diane Helvig of Prosperine, Australia. Tom Kennedy would like to exchange email addresses with you. Please send yours via a normal Guestbook submission if you wish to proceed.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 15:07:29 (PDT)
My husband knew a jackie/jack scollen, not sure if its collen or scollens and a vera scollen/scollens, does these name ring any bells or have we the wrong surname. I note that you are living in Yorkshire now. Did you live in Seaham at one time then Ray. Keep well Maureen Rafferty
maureen rafferty
- Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 15:03:43 (PDT)
Ray Scollen. No, the Scollen name isn't a curse! I grew up with a number of Scollens. Harry, now living at Seaton, his cousin Hugh who was at Dawdon, and 'Con'; Cornelius who sadly died. Harry Scollen senior I knew , also his brother John, father and uncle respectively of my good mate Harry jnr. Victor Brown, my e-mail address hasn't changed, but my last contact to your's came back. Could you ask Ed Mason to put them together?
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 15:02:33 (PDT)
Scollen, Scollen.... I remeber the name from Cuthies school/church/club though it was my kid sisters I think who had Scollen friends. See - the name's not a curse - you should try being a Smith!
Mick Smith
France - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 15:01:01 (PDT)
Mary Jo The are many William Minto's, Date of birth or death ,or close to would help.
canada - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 14:59:48 (PDT)
Hello Les A. of Billingham. Could you do me a favour and tell me what, if anything, your Relief Fund document says about my Great Grandfather William (James) McLoughlin? He was killed at the nack pit in the disaster of 1881. It'd be interesting to know if he had relief cover for his wife and children. Thanks in advance mick smith
Mick Smith
fr - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 14:58:46 (PDT)
I was born in Dawdon aand lived there until I was 5 when we moved to Wales. My mother was Maureen Collie. She had two brothers, Adam and Tom and two sisters Agnes and Abbey. My grandparents were Gertrude and Adam. My Godmother was Aleida Renwick who lived in Maureen Terrace. I visited Seaham two years ago and it really took me back to my childhood in the sixties. My Uncle Adam is the only one left there now and he is 88. Does anyone remember my family?
Elizabeth Lewis
Swansea Wales - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 14:57:34 (PDT)
My grandfather was born at Seaham harbour in 1856, Father John, sailor, who later Captained his own ship which sadly sank with him on board. Mother Ann. Unable to find them on 1871 census but found a Ferguson family living at Marlbourough rd/st, Dawdon. Could this be the same family, I wonder? My grandfather Thomas worked, I beleive, at the 'Vane Tempest' but was often sent to Coventry for trying to start a union. He was eventually blacklisted and had to travel to South Bank in search of work. We believe this is when the name became Farquharson instead of Ferguson. Can anyone help, please? We beleive the Captain's ship was the 'Mary Ann'. Any info would really be appreciated...have hit a brick wall in researching family tree.
eston, cleveland - Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 13:56:35 (PDT)
Its remarkable how so many people seem to help each other on this site, but on the few occasions I've posted when I recognize a name the person I have spoken too has vanished without replying. This is something I've found on other Seahma related sites .... Is the Scollen name a curse???
Ray Scollen
Driffield, East Yorkshire - Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 13:55:00 (PDT)
To Tom Kennedy I would love to hear more about my relatives
Diane Helvig
Proserpine, Australia - Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 13:53:44 (PDT)
as per my last entry, I am totally confused by different census entries I have read. Because my great-great grandfather was listed as being born in Ireland and Seaham Harbour was with the same listing, I thought Seaham was in Ireland. I apologize for my mistake, but sometimes the records are not as accurate as they should be. As it turns out my great grand-father william Minto was born in Seaham Harbour, England. As was his mother Hannah, I do not know what her maiden name was. So, if anyone has any knowlege of Mintos it would be appreciated. They later lived in New Castle. My apologies for the mix up. Mary Jo
Mary Jo Brummer
Buffalo, Erie Co/New York - Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 13:52:26 (PDT)
Hi Victor Brown, John Bennan in Hong Kong would like to write to you but doesn't have your email address. Send your email address in a guestbook submission and we will ensure that it is passed on.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 03:49:24 (PDT)
Regarding Jim Potts letter about Edward William Potts. I note from my copy of the '1880 The Miners' Permanent Relief Fund' that there was a William Potts, (Deputy) killed in the Seaham Explosion of 1880. However, this William aged 41 lived with his wife, Ellen aged 45 in Hall Street, Seaham with their four children. Ellen Potts was granted £5 legacy and £1 6s every two weeks. Perhaps I am just complicating Jim's family history research but with just one name of Potts in the list of 164 men, there may be a family connection. The reference to Easington, Jim, could be because the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths would be in Easington at that time. Regards to all. Les A Billingham, UK
Les A
Billingham, UK - Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 10:58:23 (PDT)
I have been trying to look up my roots and came across this site. My Great-Grandfather was William Minto, he was born April 1, 1860. We thought he was born in England, since that is where he emigrated. His father, my Great-Great-Grandfather was named Luke Minto and he was born in 1832. As it turns out the information I have discovered is that they were both born in Seaham Harbour, Ireland. If anyone knows any Mintos that may be related that still reside in Seaham Harbour I would be interested in communication. Thankyou.
Mary Jo Brummer
Buffalo, Erie Co/New York - Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 10:56:45 (PDT)
To Dianne Helvig, I was brought up in Hawthorn Square and knew all of your relations and have been good friends with several of them over the years. If you would like to know more about them please let me have your e-mail address.Regards Tom Kennedy
tom kennedy
seaham, durham - Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 10:54:57 (PDT)
Tracy Gordon, I used to know a John Maynard who moved away some time ago, there is one Maynard listed in the phone book, you can check at bt.com
- Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 16:19:25 (PDT)
Does anyone remember Edwin Maynard? He is my Grandfather-in-law and used to live in Seaham with his wife Ellen, daughter Hazel and Grandchildren Stephen and Lesley Gordon. We may be coming to Seaham in August for a visit.
Tracy Gordon
Easton on the Hill, Northants UK - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 16:01:04 (PDT)
Hallo John Brennan. Do you have a Brother called Rob?
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 15:01:20 (PDT)
i am traceing any family of my grandfather william henry wood born 1908 father was james wood mother mary parsons he lived in viceroy street and worked at the colliery he used the name billy (woody)he died in 1985 he told me he had brothers in seaham and that one was a priest i miss my grandad very much and it be nice to no if there is any family left as i no very little about his family be most gratefull thanks debbie
birmingham, - Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 15:00:20 (PDT)
Hello Tracy my name is Jim Gilbert I live in Perth Australia.I am your uncle. Yvonne was my brothers daughter .John was his name.
John Gilbert
balga, - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 15:03:17 (PDT)
Hi Victor , I have been teaching in HK for about twenty five years. We came on holiday , got a job , and stayed.Some holday eh? How did you end up in Lincolnshire? John
john brennan
hong kong, - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 15:02:18 (PDT)
Hi Victor Brown from Louth saw your message posted on the 2nd April about working at the Co-op and you mentioned Clarry Gilmore - Clarry was my cousin and unfortunately passed away a few years ago and yes he was a lovely guy with a great sense of humour - I well remember him coming around with the horse and cart long before the butchers round. Dorothy Hawkins (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins (Reay)
Harrogate, - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 15:01:22 (PDT)
Hi everyone, I am once again trying to find anyone who remembers my mum Yvonne Gilbert she was born in 1937 and spent her life in Seaham until approx the age of 25. I would love to tell her people have contacted this site and remember her she has told me many warm stories of her school days. Her Mum was Jenny and brother and sister Melvin and Bernice.
Tracy Vincent
Fairmont, WV - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 15:29:53 (PDT)
My mother was born in Seaham area - and I remember it well as a child - my grandparents lived at 5 Hawthorn Sqare - their names Rebecca and Edward Savage - anybody know of any more of this family Diane
PROSERPINE, QUEENSLAND - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 15:27:41 (PDT)
Emigrated to Spain 2007.Father William Henry(Harry)born Hetton le Hole.Grandmothers name Hannah who married a Joseph Lambton after the death of Joseph Harrison Straugheir. Any relatives would love to hear from you
frank straugheir
Spain - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 15:06:22 (PDT)
Yes I lived at Leechmere Crescent..John Wilson lived just down the street. I lost touch with him when I left Seaham in 1959. I knew about the Lambton Worm because you used to sing it for us when I took you and Peter Andrews home after school dinner at Byron Terrace for a top up of biscuits or cakes before returning to school for the rest of the day. How did you end up in Hong Kong??.
Victor H Brown
Louth, - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 15:05:21 (PDT)
Does anyone remember the Black Cat Club at Seaham. Saw 'The Pink Floyd' there in 1968, and walked home to Newsilksworth in the early morning? What happened to it? Mike
Mike Gorman
Bury, Gtr Manchester - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 15:03:58 (PDT)
What a Great web page I took a look last night and wsa very impressed!! I noticed a couple of names I recognised on the 1999 Guest Book. Lillian Smith (McAvinne), Margaret Chalk (Margaret and Abert's daughter) and Keith Gustard it would be nice to know how your getting on, it'd be great to hear from you or anyone else out there from my old home town who knows me. Thanks a Lot. Marlene Power (Moreland)
Marlene Power(Moreland)
Stourport-On-Severn, Worcs - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 15:02:43 (PDT)
I would like to find out why my great grandmother (Phoebe Madara Potts, marr. to Edward William Potts)left Dalton-le-Dale in 1880 with her 7 children (Robert being my Grandfather. Also, can't figure what happened to Edward William, but Phoebe claims to be a widow in 1900 census in Philadelphia, Pa. Seems Phoebe and Edward lived in Easington from about 1874 to 1880. Also, hello to my newly found cousin, Lorna "Potts" Stokes down in Yorkshire.
Jim Potts
Peoria, - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 15:01:11 (PDT)
It's great to hear from you Seahamlad. I bet the Gorse on the Graham Way is a sight to see. Most Town centres tend to suffer from new shopping malls and the like and Church Street is feeling the pinch at present. Things sometimes go full circle and Church Street could start to get busy again if some bright spark turned Church Street into a type of 'Carnaby Street' with chi-chi shops and Bistros with seating outside. I have read that there is millions being invested in seaham-but where? My garden is just starting to really bloom at the moment, all the main bedding plants, dahlias are trying to reach for glory but the slugs like to eat the leaves and I cannot put down slug pellets because hedgehogs live under the shed and they eat slugs. I forget who, but some ex-pat said they were shocked to come back and find all the Pits closed down. When I was 11 or 12 I used to climb through a gap that led into the engine pully winding house. The winding gear took the cages up and down the Pit. There was giant pistons belching out steam and heat all on the ding-ding of bell signals. It's a good job nobody can close down your memories. Be good Seahamlad and remember an old saying I once heard: As good as you are and as bad as I am, I'm as good as you are as bad as I am.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, June 09, 2008 at 14:59:58 (PDT)
Hi All! We will not be adding to the Guestbook for approx 10 days due to maintainance activities. But keep your contributions coming in, they will be published as soon as poss. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 06:07:21 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, How are you my Friend? We seem to have lost the fair Jacqueline from these pages, her contributions and yours were very much looked forward too by me in particular, How is your garden coming along? here in Seaham it is the yellow Month and the Gorse on the Graham way is in full flow and looks superb, I'm afraid also the the shops in Church Street are suffering with the new shopping centre taking the bulk of the trade. Next time youre up this way Brian, I'll have to buy you a drink.
- Friday, May 23, 2008 at 05:55:01 (PDT)
Linda J, was is sea glass? and what do you use it for? I'm often on the beach at Seaham and see lots of glass!
Seaham Lad
- Friday, May 23, 2008 at 05:54:14 (PDT)
We are interested in collecting sea glass in seaham. Is any particular time of the year better. Can anyone tell me how much can be found in a day?
Diana M.
Brisbane, Queensland Australia - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 05:53:32 (PDT)
Mr Harry Neil formerley of the avenue seaham. This is to let his friends know that Harry passed away recently. Maybe you heard already but just in case you hadnt i thought you would like to know.
maureen rafferty
Farnborough, Hampshire - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 05:52:05 (PDT)
Hi, A few years ago we found quite a bit of sea glass at Blast Beach. Is there still a lot there?
- Friday, May 23, 2008 at 05:50:50 (PDT)
Hi Victor Brown I remember you well , I think you lived up the main road towards Seaton ,you had a friend John Wilson. I was just telling my wife the other day about being dragged around the classrooms to sing " The Lambton Worm? I still know the words in English. My cantonese is not bad but does not stretch to Geordie songs. Regards,Keep in touch.
john brennan
Hong Cong - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 05:49:50 (PDT)
Edmonton, Canada - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 05:48:54 (PDT)
Well Dee Dee, I was attending the High Collery School when Bill Bruce was killed at the Knack. We all lived in Cornish Street in those days, close to the Knack Pit. I remember lots of 'Pit' Families round about, Freak ,Potts, Spur, Guy, Jackson, Applbey, Defty, Baker and maney more. Seahamlad, I probebly went to School with your Dad. Sorry I cannot help further Dee Dee.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, May 19, 2008 at 01:33:30 (PDT)
Hi Brian Greenfingers, I dont remember William James Bruce as i'm to young, however my grandad James Freak and William were good friends. Then when my uncle was born he was named William Bruce after him. Would you of known my grandad? Dee
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 16:03:24 (PDT)
The site is really enjoyable. I found it while looking for info about my granda Gibson Kirk, my dad says he played in goal for one of the Seaham football teams as a young man. He was a castletown lad born in 1902, so I reckon he ould have been playing somewhere around 1920 +. i was trying to find a team photo with him on, but als to no avail. Anyway good site, keep up the good work Carol
Carol Appleyard
Hartlepool, - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 16:01:36 (PDT)
Has anyone heard about the rooms on Tempest? I know the house but want to know if the establishment is reputable. I am trying to arrange a trip to arrange folks to collect sea glass for me from the beach there? I heard a woman named GINA was buying glass a couple of years back and would like to contact some of those families if possible. Any help is appreciated,
Linda J
- Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 16:00:29 (PDT)
I am planning a trip to Seaham this fall or next spring and would like to contact anyone that is interested in collecting sea glass for me. Thank You
Florida, - Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 15:59:30 (PDT)
The Sunderland Echo of 13.05.2008 carried the notice of the death of Peter Parkinson who died on 05.05.2008. In 1959 Peter was awarded the Order of Industrial Heroism for stopping a manriding train which had run away on a steep incline at Dawdon Colliery. Service at St John's Seaham Harbour Friday May 16th at 11.15am.
Raymond Thompson
Seaham, Co.Durham uk - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:26:32 (PDT)
Hi Paul, The Durham Mining Museum shows the following, "Keeker" 1825: an inspector of the hewers, wailers etc. "Wailers" 1825: boys employed to pick out slate, pyrites, and other foul admixtures from the coal. 1849: Boys employed in waggons to pick out any stones or pyrites which have escaped the observation of the skreenmen. Cheers for now, Raymond Thompson
Raymond Thompson
Seaham, - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:14:59 (PDT)
Do'se anyone know of William James Bruce (Billy) who was killed at the knack pit in 1947? It was a roof fall-in that put an end to his short life.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:13:33 (PDT)
Hi Paul, if you Google "Durham Mining Museum" you will get a list of mining occupations along with lots of facts about the mining industry in Durham. John Burgess originated from Scotland, place unknown. Cheers for now, Raymond Thompson
Raymond Thompson
Seaham, - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:46:05 (PDT)
. Hi Ed re " hi anybody know the copeland or questa familys from seaham " terry questa cardiff, - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 15:59:17 M.Questa 4 Salcombe Gdns. Dalton le Dale. Cheers for now, Raymond Thompson
Raymond Thompson
- Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:44:36 (PDT)
Paul Martin. Go to the Durham Records Site. You will find a Burgess born Boston, Staffs to name a few.The site has parish records and all census, starting 1841 to 1901.
Canada - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:43:37 (PDT)
Paul Martin. Found at Durham Mining site. Baker, Henry, 28 Mar 1877, aged 35, Keeker, severely crushed by waggon and a portion of the heap erections, too little room to pass [Sunderland Daily Echo reports: accident - 02 Apr 1877 pg 3 col 4]
- Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:42:39 (PDT)
Researching family tree, I am aware that Henry BAKER (b.1814/15?)died on 28th March 1877 as a result of an accident at No 2 pit, Seaham Colliery. Does anyone know if it is possible to access records on this 'accident'? Also in 1851 census he was living at the 'Gas works?'. Does anyone have information as to where this was (& why it would be occupied)?
paul martin
Surrey, - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 16:03:09 (PDT)
Researching my family history, I have come across a newspaper article on the sudden death of John Burgess (d.21.1.1899). His employment is given as Keeker at Seaham Colliery No 1 pit. Can anyone explain this term for me? He also had ten children living in Seaham at the time of his death. Does anyone have any further info on were he originated from?
paul martin
Surrey, - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 16:01:47 (PDT)
Dear William Kirby. Thank you so much for the wonderful family tree and other information you have sent me. I do not have as much to send and I have been mainly tracing the Watson line but will reply personally in a few days. Thanks again Pat
Eastbourne, - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 16:00:54 (PDT)
I stayed overnight at The Harbour View Hotel, formerly The Lord Seaham, last year. It is basic but clean and the breakfast was very good. It was the first time that I been in the place since I learned to drink there in the 1950's. Those were the days.
Doug Edwards
- Monday, May 05, 2008 at 16:00:00 (PDT)
hi anybody know the copeland or questa familys from seaham
terry questa
cardiff, - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 15:59:17 (PDT)
FOR WILLIAM KIRBY: Judy C from Alliston, Ontario wants to write to you. Send your email address and we'll pass it on if you wish.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 16:11:51 (PDT)
Hello to L J in Florida, regarding places to stay in Seaham. Murton is just up the road about 7 mins in the car their is a place called the village inn, we stayed for a week, its basic, but it was very reasonable, its bed and breakfast if thats what you are looking for. We had the family room although only 2 of us and had our own shower. I think another one is the Pemberton Arms, couldnt tell you what its like though. I will find out a bit more and let you know L J Regards Maureen
- Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 16:06:04 (PDT)
A £100,000 haul of illeagal drugs from Deneside. Well, Denesiders, decent people who have always lived there should help the Law to root the drug dealing scum out of Seaham altogether. I know there is a growing drug culture especially in the big cities where people do'nt know each other and do'nt even talk to each other. But Seaham is different, close knitted, bacically good people. So Get rid of the drug dealers before they have a chance to hand out free samples to your children.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 16:05:15 (PDT)
Hi all im trying to trace my family history and what jobs my relatives did. Im hoping someone on this page could help me, as its a really great page.Im trying to trace any information, or pictures of either the Bulmer's or the Batey's, i believe both are from seaham. First of all any descendants or friends of Harry Newton Batey, who's my grandad, he used to work in the big pyrex factory in sunderland and i believe he was also in the army but not sure what division. I know he had brothers and sisters but im not sure how many or what mix. Now the other family im trying to trace are the Bulmer's who are my Grans family, i know a bit more information on this 1, my Gran's name is Mary batey, She was the Daughter of a Mary-Ellen Bulmer who died in september 1977, when i was just 4 yrs old, my gran had a sister Norah, and 2 brothers, 1 i believe was in the navy and went down with his ship as it sank but unsure of his name or the year in which it happened, the ot! her brother was called Jim, but unsure as to how old he'll be, my gran moved to Town-End-Farm about 25/26yrs ago maybe more. My aunt norah lives in London now,and my Gran is in her early 80s now, my grandad was 77, but unfortunately he died of cancer last aug/sept PLEASE help if you can, if anyone has any information or pictures of any of my family id really love to hear from you, thankyou all very much,
Sharon Maddison nee tinkler
blairgowrie, - Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 16:04:11 (PDT)
sebastian try the chaple house bed and breakfast in cold heseldon just outside of seaham it is a converted methodist church very nice rooms and not expensive.
seaham, - Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 15:59:11 (PDT)
Dear William Kirby, I have a marriage certificate for Forence Kirby and John Watson, my Grandfather. Her father's name was John Vickers Kirby, she did not die in childbirth butit was shortly after having her third child. They married at the gospel Hall, Nobles Bank Road on 17/1/1925. All the other names and the fact he married his niece seems to match my info ut there may have been another child born to John and Ellen, Lena may have been illegitimate because she was registered in her mother's maiden name. Please could you send a copy of the Kirby family tree to Paul Prior, Langney Domestics, Langney Road, Eastbourne. It does look as though we may be cousins. look forward to hearing from you. Pat
Eastbourne, - Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 15:57:17 (PDT)
I was fortunate to visit Seaham 2 years ago and stay with friends. They no longer are there and I would like to come and visit the beach again. I heard of a hotel, I think it was called The Harbor Inn right across from the beach but their email is not working. Does anyone know if they are still in business OR if there are any other moderate accomdations available in town (i.e. NOT Seaham Hall too $$$$$) I appreciate any help you may offer. Thanks!
Sebastian, Indian River Florida - Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 14:06:38 (PDT)
FAO Dan Summerbell. Alan Place has told me that Dickey Glover gave you his telephone number. Alan says that you are welcome to call him whenever you like.
Tom Moreland
London, - Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 14:05:13 (PDT)
Dear Pat, Eastbourne. In reply to your last guestbook entry.You state that your grandmother was called Florence. My great uncle, John Vickers Kirby, married his niece, Ellen Hudson on the 14th of June, 1895. They had five children,John Marwood, born 15th July, 1898. Elizabeth 14th January, 1900. Florence, 31st August, 1902. Gladys May, 6th May 1904 and Stanley Vickers, 3rd May,1906.From a cousin of mine I was told that Florence married a Mormon. Apparently she had a child that lived but Florence died in childbirth.I have tried to verify 4this but I can find anything, even on Ancestry.co.In Durham County Archives I found a marriage from St John's church, Seaham Harbour, from July 3, 1937 concerning a Florence May Kirby aged 32 who married a Rowland Richardson Tamblin aged 30.The groom's father was John Tamblin, deceased. The brides father was named as Robert Kirby, deceased. The witnesses names are Robert Kirby, Elizabeth Kirby and M. J. Kirby.I also found a! Florence Elizabeth Kirby , aged 21, who married a Dennis Carver, aged 24 on the 17th of February, 1945, also at St John's. The bride's father is not mentioned and the groom's father is George ? Carver. Although a few of the names match some on my family tree, my extensive research doesn't throw up a Tamblin or a Carver. I hope this will assist you in your research. If you think that anything fits the bill, just get onto the guestbook. As for a family tree, I mentioned it before just give me an address of a local shop or post office and I will foreward a copy there.Happy hunting. Kind regards, William Kirby.
William Kirby
chester-le-street, durham - Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 14:04:17 (PDT)
Thank you to Raymond Thompson who made my day by directing another enquirer to the east durham site. I too lived in Francis Street so finding a photograph of it was wonderful. I even think that I'm in the photo! Thanks again Raymond
John Warburton
Spennithorne, Leyburn, - Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 14:01:58 (PDT)
I was having a look at the Seaham harbour site, and came across the story of Mr W. A place whose father was in the Home Guard in Seaham. My Grandad was in the Home Guard, and I've a few favourite stories that my Grandma told me before she passed away last year. Is there any chance you could put me in touch with Mr Place? My Grandad's name was Wilfred Summerbell - it might ring a bell.
Dan Summerbell
- Monday, April 14, 2008 at 15:44:09 (PDT)
Dear William Kirby, Florence Kirby was my grandmother so it seems we might share some family connection. I am just a beginner at family researching and would like to see your family tree but i am not sure how to give you a contact. Thanks Pat
Eastbourne, - Monday, April 14, 2008 at 15:10:22 (PDT)
Well Julia the ex-WRAF lady. We have lost everything that was still going when you lived at Parkside. British owened motor car and motor bike industries. Shipbuilding all gone. Steal making. There is just an I.T. culture now and anything else is just a distant memory. Mind you Julia, coal mine drudgery, what kind of a life was that for any man? I should know, ex miner that I was till I got wise and got out. Good luck to you and yours.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, April 14, 2008 at 15:08:25 (PDT)
Brian Green Fingers is probably correct in suggesting that there are few remaining pupils about who attended Seaham Intermediate School between 1940-1945.I was a pupil at the S.I.S from1838 to 1941.During this period I had the good fortune to be influenced and taught by a number of outstanding teachers.There was Mr.Weatherly,headmaster,Mr.Evans,maths,Mr.Witham,english. Mr.Oliver.geography.Mr. Hastings.history,Mr.Miller,art. Seaham during the 1930s was a great town for youngsters like myself developing.Normaly we played in the streets near our houses however there were other major play areas such as over the beck which ran though Seaham Colliery Park ie opposite the Mill Inn. Dawdon Dene and the bull fields,as well as the valley which ran between the old police station/drillhall and Denehouse Road. Located in this valley was Adam & Eves gardens,a wooden bridge which was good for climbing. The stream ran through to the sea via Bessies Hole. My parents did not allow me to swim off the beach as it was considerd too dangerous however Seaham Harbour swimming club had changing huts in the docks just inside the north pier and I swam off the slope under supervison. Happy days. 1930s Pupil.
edward summerbell
halesowen, west midlands - Monday, April 14, 2008 at 15:07:25 (PDT)
Hello Andrea. If you don't make any contact with Roberts descendants as a result of this posting there are a number of Peel families listed in the phonebook for the Seaham and surrounding areas so it might be worth trying that for starters. You gave the year of Roberts birth as 1910. Could it have been as early as 1900? Cheers for now,
Raymond Thompson
Seaham, - Monday, April 14, 2008 at 15:03:43 (PDT)
Hello Denver. Unfortunately Frances Street was demolished about 1950. However a public house called 'The Volunteer Arms' is still standing there. There is a good photo of Frances Street available to view on a new site for East Durham. If you put 'east durham then and now' into Google then click on 'Seaham' this will take you a list where you can click on 'Streets' then click on 'various streets' you will find Frances Street on the second page shown as 'ST 10' The large building you can see in mid terrace is The Volunteer Arms. Cheers for now, Raymond Thompson
Raymond Thompson
- Monday, April 14, 2008 at 15:02:20 (PDT)
I have in recent years started tracing my family history. My grandfather William Joseph Duncan was born on the 6th September 1875 in Easington, County of Durham and his birth certificate shows he was born in Francis Street Seaham Harbour. He was the son of James Duncan and Bridget Duncan formerly Stanley. My great grandfather James Duncan was a merchant seaman. My grandfather came to South Africa in about 1899 to fight in the Boer war. He married a boer maiden on the 26 th November 1906. THey had four children three daughters and a son, my father James Henry Duncan born 6th May 1919. If nayone in Seaham Harbour reads this message and can email me a photograph of Francis Street I would be most greatful. My youngest daughter lives in Guildford and my wife and I will be visiting her early next year and will certainly visit Durham and surrounds. We did a trip to Banff Scotland in 2005 in search of family history. I visited the Seaham Harbour website and am looking forward to taking some long hikes along the Seaham shore line. Denver Duncan 09.04.2008
Denver Ingram Duncan
Cape Town, - Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:43:02 (PDT)
hello, I am looking for living relatives of Henry Bernhard Anderson and Ellen Roxby to help me complete my family tree. Henry Bernhard was born in Heligoland 1856 and was a sailor and a coal miner,he lived in Henry St Seaham 1910 he was married to Ellen Roxby in 1881 She died 1933 Seaham I am stuck in 1910 regarding Henry.Some records say he died in America others in England? Some records say he was interned during 1914? I just don't have actual facts, can anyone help me fill in these gaps? as this family would be my great grandparents. Thankyou Carol
murton seaham, - Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:41:10 (PDT)
My father William McGauchie from Seaham, sailed from Liverpool to Quedbec, Canada on 19 July 1929. He travelled with Robert Peel also from Seaham and they appear to have worked their passage. Robert was born about 1910. William (Bill) worked at the Tempest Pit so I wondered if that was where he and Robert met. My dad returned home after about 3 years. Did Robert Peel stay there or did he come back to Seaham? Are there any of his family still in the area that could tell me? Thanks. Andrea Lee
Andrea Lee
Warminster, - Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:40:15 (PDT)
I left Seaham in 1975 when I joined the WRAF but continued to visit upto my going to Barbados to live in 1988. I revisited in 1994 when I returned to England and was shocked to see all three pits gone. I have since heard that the houses in Parkside have been knocked down which was another shock as I was born in 1957 at 36 Fern Crescent.
Julia Howard nee Hogg
Chesterfield, - Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:39:05 (PDT)
A long shot here but I am still trying to trace any history on my parents/grandparents. Anne Thompson married Brian Kirtley and lived in 6 Grants Crescent until 1973 when they split up. My father continued living there. Grandparents Sarah (Sally) Ann and James Porter lived at 73 Derwent Close until they passed away approx 1988. She was blind and he was deaf - what a lovely couple they were. Any memories/any news...pls drop me a line.
Gavin Cresswell
Toronto - Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:37:45 (PDT)
To Pat, Eastbourne. You did not give your surname, Pat, so it makes things a little more difficult. The Hudson's were a well-known Seaham Harbour family. The earlier Hudson's were pilots.The thing is I don't know how far back you have researched.As for the Kirby's, there were two Kirby families-not related.On the 1881 census for Dawdon there is a Thomas Kirby, born at Burman, Essex.His wife was called Ada.They had nine children, Auther, Ellen, Ada, Rose, James, Thomas, John, Joseph and Elizabeth.On the Seaham Harbour Absent Voters' list for 1919,there is a Mark Kirby and Thomas Kirby both from 24 Wynyard Street.Mark was in the R.F.A.and Thomas 76060 H Battalion R.F.A.Also on the Dawdon Colliery Roll of Honour 1914-1918 there is a G.Kirby,Mark Kirby and an M.Kirby mentioned.On the Emmerson side, Uncle Matthias Emmerson was a Willington lad.He must have gotten to know his future wife, Lena,when he enlisted in Seaham for the Great War.I respect your privacy a! nd would not ask for an e-mail or house address.If you have a local Post Office or somewhere I could send you a family tree there if you like.Regards, William Kirby.
William Kirby
Chester le Street, - Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:36:27 (PDT)
Hi I am looking for info on my relatives from the late 1800's. My Great Great Grandmother Mary Catherine Foster Married Timothy Dyer in St Frances Church Seaham 1875 they had 11 children and lived on Frances St Dawdon in 1901. My Great Great Grandmother Ann Elizer Dyer was born in Seaham in 1867, she married Joseph French in 1895. They had a daughter (My Great Grandmother) Barbara Ellen French also born in seaham, she moved away in the 1920's and Married Robert Murray. I would be greatful to anyone that has any info.
Hazel Murray
Stoney Creek, - Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:34:12 (PDT)
Sorry Rita Mortimer, I did reply to your question about Gordon Jackson but it seems to be still in the system somewhere. The answer to where his grave is, I'm afraid, is negative. I did sugest you look it up at the Registrar of burials. Gorden had never even started school yet when he died. Miss macdougal and Miss Calaher at the High Collery School did not get to teach him. I belive the School sports day silver cup is at Ropery Walk Juniors now. The silver cup was presented to Miss Foxall at the High Collery School by the Captain of H.M.S.Seaham, a Corvet (I think) that suvived WW2. Oh! Nostalga, nostalga.
Brian Greenfingers.
- Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:32:54 (PDT)
Sorry Rita Mortimer, I did reply to your question about Gordon Jackson but it seems to be still in the system somewhere. The answer to where his grave is, I'm afraid, is negative. I did sugest you look it up at the Registrar of burials. Gorden had never even started school yet when he died. Miss macdougal and Miss Calaher at the High Collery School did not get to teach him. I belive the School sports day silver cup is at Ropery Walk Juniors now. The silver cup was presented to Miss Foxall at the High Collery School by the Captain of H.M.S.Seaham, a Corvet (I think) that suvived WW2. Oh! Nostalga, nostalga.
Brian Greenfingers.
- Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 14:26:02 (PDT)
Hi Sadie and Ed. Back on February 28 Geoff asked for my e mail address It is ok to give it to him. I have been out in British Columbia and just got back so that is why I am just catching up. FROM ED: Judy can you send Geoff's full name etc and we'll try our best.
Judy C
Alliston, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:14:11 (PDT)
To Carol Harrison, Aunty Irene would love to get in touch! She doesn't have email but does have a mobile number which I don't really want to splash all over the site.
Neil Gleghorn
- Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:08:40 (PDT)
It's a long time since I looked at the Guestbook but now that I have there are a few things I'd like to mention in reply to some entries..To WENDY FITZGERALD who wrote about the Gilmore family a a number of occasions...When I left School I worked at the Co-op Store from where Clary Gilmore ran his mobile butchers shop. He was an ever cheerful member of the staff. To STAN COOPER who wrote in August last year about working at the Store and his friends...I also had a week delivering with a horse and cart from the Mill Bank store. It took an age. Joan Strong lived at the end house in Ambleside Avenue and Sylvia Smith next door I think. Sylvia worked in Store office. To JOHN BRENNAN who wrote from Hong Kong in April last year, I ask ' How does 'The Lambton Worm' sound in Chinese? If you know the answer I have a book you gave me as a birthday present when we both went to Byron Terrace School.'
Victor Brown
louth, lincolnshire - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:07:29 (PDT)
My last posting was pure nostalga. I have been taking a little trip through the history sights for Seaham, they are just as good as it gets. Mind you, you can never catch the full vision of what they are trying to tell you. No one can but tinker around the edges of history because there is so much more and Seaham has a fine history which the generations following the thousands of our redundent miners should digest. I mentioned before in a posting that School-kids were asked about WW2 and they thought it was when the Romans came. Old Ciciro was right when he said: To be ignorant of what occured before you were born, is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our antcestors by the records of history.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:05:09 (PDT)
To Laraine Robison,I knew your John very well,we drank in Parkside club together and to say that he was a gentle person is an understatement!-He was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life and everyone was devastated when we found out that he was terminally ill.-We knew him as 'the boot',(or the byut).Your John was as mad as a pan of crabs but never had a bad bone in his body-he is still well thought of and is testament to the saying that "Only the good die young"-God bless you John.
I. C. Parkside Club
Seaham, - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:03:41 (PDT)
I read your message with interest as I have some of those surnames on my family tree. Hudson, Kirby and Emmerson and most of them came from Seaham. I expect it is just coincidence as they seem to be popular names in that area making it difficult to pin down connections. Pat
Eastbourne, Sussex - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:02:21 (PDT)
Thank you to those who responded to my request for information about the 'acoustic mirror'. Obviously, I'm very sad that it has been demolished. Nevertheless, something good came out of it. During my research, I came across some very interesting sites, many of which included some wonderful photographs. Very nostalgic. I really must try to visit Seaham again some day in order to witness the changes for myself. Vernon Prior
Vernon Prior
Tewantin, Queensland - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:00:57 (PDT)
my mother born Jane Knox 1898, daughte of John Knox, lived on Church St, Seaham Harbour, married John Sharpe 1914, widowed, then married Roger Ashcroft,shortly after moved to Glasgow. Are there any remaining descendants there?
winnepeg, - Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 14:58:45 (PDT)
Concerning the Geoff Hudson who has had a couple of entries in the guest book lately.My great aunt,Sarah Jane Kirby married a David Hudson on the 30th of January,1870.They had 11 children,John George,Elizabeth Marwood,Ellen,Sarah Jane,David,Emily Annie, Thomas,Alice,Florence,Edith,and Alfred.I have too many names to mention all of them here, but some of the above spouses names include.Louisa Darnton,Ellen had a daughter, Lena who married a Great War soldier,Matthias Emmerson,Sarah Beatrice Hall Richardson,John Griggs,Albert Edward Field,who was also a Great War soldier.If there is anything there that interests you,Geoff,just reply on the guest book.As both my grand father, Henry Kirby,and my great grandfather,William Kirby were born at Seaham Harbour, I am always on the lookout for any relatives,blood or through marriage,that may still live at Seaham.Regards, William Kirby.
William Kirby
Chester le Street, - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 16:32:45 (PDT)
The Acustic Mirror Site (that was) is by the junction of The Graham Way and Juberlee Ave. Dalton-Le-Dale is on the other side. The map I saw of the area with the site of the Mirror sircled is on andrewgrantham.co.uk
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 16:31:05 (PDT)
Would anyone have any contact details for Irene Wilson (nee Gleghorn). I would love to get back in touch. Carole (Mick's wife)
Carol Harrison
- Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 16:29:57 (PDT)
For the attention of Brian Green Fingers. Hi Brian , I know this is a long shot , but you say you went to the funeral of Gordon Jackson, who drowned in the clay pit in 1948. Any chance you can remember approximately where the grave is? Rita Mortimer Louth
rita s. mortimer
Louth, - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 16:28:55 (PDT)
FAO John Warburton... Have been given some photos from Joyce ( Shaw) Will need an email adress to send them to you or some other point of contact best regards Geoff Hudson
Geoff Hudson
Seaham, - Friday, March 21, 2008 at 12:11:02 (PDT)
for Derek Robson,our John was a gentle giant in that he was the most loving ,caring person imaginable.He died in March 2001 at the age of 38.As far as I am aware ,he was never referred to as Mosey.Anyway, who was this person I supposedly dated?.I think you have mistaken me for someone else.I was the original shrinking violet.Anyway,thanks for your bothering to reply.Laraine
Laraine Robison
- Friday, March 21, 2008 at 12:10:14 (PDT)
fao Geoff Hudson. Great to hear from you Geoff. Still remember the busking sessions in the classroom at SMS. Thanks for searching for photos. It's much appreciated.
John Warburton
Spennithorne, North Yorkshire - Friday, March 21, 2008 at 12:09:05 (PDT)
The Acoustic Mirror which Vernon Prior remembers could be the one which was situated near the top of Deneside in "The Hollow"which was a popular play area for kids in my era (40,s-50,s).I don,t know when it was demolished but it certainly still existed in 1958.
Frank Lovett
Orba, Alicante - Friday, March 21, 2008 at 12:07:54 (PDT)
Hello Vernon. Unfortunately the “Seaham Sound Mirror” you mentioned was demolished some time ago and try as I may I can’t find a photo for you but will keep on looking. However, a Sound Mirror built to similar specifications still exists at Namey Hill just north of Carley Hill Cricket Club, Fulwell, Sunderland and is a scheduled monument so hopefully it shouldn’t suffer the fate of the Seaham Mirror. If you put ‘Sunderland Sound Mirror’ into Google it will take you straight to the photograph of the Namey Hill Mirror and many others. I have spoken to Les Hood and Dickie Glover about the Seaham Mirror which they both remember well and they say the Sunderland Mirror looks very much like the Seaham one. Much smaller than some of its big brothers on the South Coast, it was built as part of the Tyne/Tees defensive chain and was in operation for the last two years of the war. I understand that the one you remember was erected on farm land just to the east of Overdene,! Dalton le Dale. The dimensions you mentioned appear to be very close to the ones for the Sunderland Mirror. Affectionately known as “Concrete Lugs” they were a forerunner of Radar and were built on the south and northeast coasts of England between about 1916 and the 1930s. For those of us unfamiliar with the purpose of sound mirrors they were intended to provide early warning of incoming enemy aeroplanes and airships about to attack coastal towns. With the development of faster aircraft the sound mirrors became less useful as an aircraft would be within sight by the time it had been located, and radar finally rendered the mirrors obsolete.
Raymond Thompson
- Friday, March 21, 2008 at 12:06:48 (PDT)
FAO Lorna Stokes Hi lorna thanks for getting back. mam is thrilled and would love to speak/meet with you. I remember the car it was a blue mini, mam is looking for her picture right now! Please contact me
Gillian Dawson
- Friday, March 21, 2008 at 12:04:38 (PDT)
no name
- Friday, March 21, 2008 at 12:03:46 (PDT)
Please note that the Guestbook is intended for the purposes described at the top of the main page. If you wish to conduct more detailed communication with anyone please use email.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 15:23:53 (PDT)
Hello, I haven't been here for a while as I have been researching the Millington branch of my family for which there is plentiful information. I was previously asking whether anyone had info about the family of Hailes Harrison Wilkinson, particularly in connection his daughter Alice Ethel, my grandma, and her spouse Alfred Richardson, aka Alfredo Venucci, a master confectioner. The story passed down was that Alfredo had taken the surname of a man for whom he ran a shop, and on their marriage certificate (1913) he had named his father as James Richardson, a carpenter. By a stroke of serendipity, I have found out that James Richardson, born 1848, a greengrocer of 28 John Street, Seaham in the 1901 census, had a son James born 1875, who was a carpenter. James snr was the son of James born 1825 in Skipton, Yorkshire, who appeared in Seaham in the 1851 census, having married Ellen, a Seaham lass. The 1848 James married Margaret Defty. There are other indications also that the Richardsons, Wilkinsons, Deftys and Rochesters were all interlinked, so I am sure that these are the Richardsons I have been looking for. Does! anyone recognise the family? I am wondering whether descendents might information about or photos of the Richardsons up to 1915 when Alfredo left the country, in the hope that as my grandpa Alfred/Alfredo worked for them, he might feature on one. Although not blood relatives, the Richardsons gave us our family name through my dad, Hales Alfred, Alice and Alfredo's son, and this is not insignificant in our family history. It would be great to get some info. Cheers,
Carol Weaver
Carlisle, Cumbria - Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 15:07:19 (PDT)
I left Seaham in 1947, at the age of 15, and have rarely been back there. I do know that a lot of changes have taken place since my last visit. Nevertheless, I am hoping someone may be able to help. I remember as a child playing in the vicinity of an 'acoustic mirror' somewhere in the area. It was a concrete structure, about 20 feet high with two supporting sides. The main wall faced roughly East and incorporated a concave reflector, and there was a steel rod some distance in front, with the top of the rod (which originally contained a microphone or other listening device) at the focal point of the reflector. It would probably have been built about the start of WWI. It was, in fact, an early warning device and was used to detect approaching Zeppelins and other aircraft. I really would like to know if it still exists, and its exact location. Thank you in anticipation,
Vernon Prior
Tewantin, Queensland 4565 - Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 15:04:31 (PDT)
Geoff Hudson
Seaham, - Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 15:02:17 (PDT)
Do'se anyone remember the 'SQUATTERS HUTS' around the Ropery Walk area. I knew a Billy Soppit who lived there. I know he worked at the Knack on the gantry for a while. If he did not emigrate, he's probably living qietly in retirement somewhere?
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 15:01:16 (PDT)
For Dorothy mckay.Thanks for replying,however,our John was only born in 1963 so it cant have been him
Laraine Robison
Seaham, - Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 15:00:18 (PDT)
Colin (Hall) Sorry, I'm not giving out my e-mail address. My last name looks odd in brackets and so do'se yours!
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 14:59:33 (PDT)
fao. gillian dawson , yes its mwa tell your mum i have been hiding !! got her foto in sea view , in front of her car 1960,s she lived in short sea view got memories of her , we went all over in the car tell her moved to scarborough , married , 1 girl was in business for nigh on 30yrs , i am gob smacked which is unusual for me , she drove buses , i often wondered about her tell her yes its ME
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 14:58:49 (PDT)
I do'nt think there are many people around who went to the SIS between 1940-45. Young people today would not recognise Seaham at all if they were transported back to wartime Seaham. The pit baths were not put in untill the 1950s, so, it would look strange to them men walking up the road with black, coal-dust faces. Horse and carts clip-clopping up the road as well. I remember sandwiches if brought up from the mine in the bait-tin tasted scrumptious. Oops! I've just got the gas bill through the letterbox. The price has gone way, way up. No wonder they called me a valued customer.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 14:57:33 (PDT)
For Laraine Robison. Was your brother John a gentle giant of a lad, and sometimes called "Mosey" If so I knew him well in the early 60s. I'm so sorry to hear he is dead, that must have been in the early eighties. I also remember you,a lovely lass, but you then went out with one of my mates and I ran off and joined the Navy.
Derek Robson
Street, Somerset UK - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:42:07 (PST)
Please I am trying to find Lorna Potts who was a friend of my mam. My mam is Evelyn Walton who lived at Sea View Murton until 1966 when she moved to Peterlee. I was wondering if Lorna Stokes is the Lorna we are looking for. My mam would love to get in touch with her.
Gillian Dawson
Cambridge, uk - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:40:40 (PST)
Hi, My name is Geoff Kerr-Morgan and I live in Middlesbrough. My Gran was called Candace Botwright and hailed from Seaham my Grandad was Thomas Kerr-Morgan. I know some Kerr-Morgan's were Policemen in Seaham area one being called Joseph. Joseph was married to Henrietta whose daughter Olive married John Burnham they lived in North Dene Ave Seaham. I was hoping that any relatives searching their family tree would like to make contact. My Grandparents moved into Blackhall. There my relatives are called Ryan, Holmes and Hedley to name a few.
Geoffrey Kerr Morgan
Middlesbrough, - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:27:29 (PST)
FAO Lorna Stokes Hi I was wondering if Lorna Stokes who writes on here was called Potts before marriage. My mother Evelyn Carr nee Walton would love to get in touch with her. My mother was a Murton lass until she married in 1966 and moved to Peterlee. We now live in Cambridge.
Gill Dawson
Caambridge, - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:25:21 (PST)
re billy wood i rememberwhen he used to get dressed as a woman and lead the banner and band out of dawdon on big meeting day i think that was in the late 40s cheers harry
harry hunter
redcar, - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:22:55 (PST)
this is for laraine robison i went to school with a john bell bit i am not sure if he was your brother or not i left camden square school aged 16 in 1967.
dorotjy mckay
boston, - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:21:35 (PST)
My sister was Lorna Potts best mate
Goerge Walton
Birmingham, - Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:20:35 (PST)
Brian [Greenfinger], I gather from some comment you made earlier that we were at the High Colliery School at the same time, if not in the same class, because you mentioned events we were both involved in. We therefore must have been at the SIS at the same time although, again, not in the same class perhaps. I was in all the 'A' classes from 1-4, with teachers like Frank Masterman, and Les Hood. I also had a run-in with the Head, Wetherly, when he wanted to cane me for something I hadn't done. I didn't mind if I was guilty as charged, but on this occasion I wasn't and refused point blank to accept his punishment and he wasn't quick enough to catch me. Perhaps if we swapped e-mails and then photos I might be able to place you but to be honest, and I put it down to long absence, I can't put a face to the name. Ed Mason will give you my e-mail address.
Gaynor Duckworth
- Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:19:37 (PST)
Brian [Greenfinger], I gather from some comment you made earlier that we were at the High Colliery School at the same time, if not in the same class, because you mentioned events we were both involved in. We therefore must have been at the SIS at the same time although, again, not in the same class perhaps. I was in all the 'A' classes from 1-4, with teachers like Frank Masterman, and Les Hood. I also had a run-in with the Head, Wetherly, when he wanted to cane me for something I hadn't done. I didn't mind if I was guilty as charged, but on this occasion I wasn't and refused point blank to accept his punishment and he wasn't quick enough to catch me. Perhaps if we swapped e-mails and then photos I might be able to place you but to be honest, and I put it down to long absence, I can't put a face to the name. Ed Mason will give you my e-mail address.
Colin Hall
- Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:17:50 (PST)
for anyone out there who went to the SIS in the war years 41 to 45,i recently met a man on a visit to my local hospital.he tells me during the war he was evacuated to people in deneside,he attended the SIS..a cockney,, i think age 75. his name is Bill Head but says he was known as the vaccy, if any one remembers him he would be glad to hear from them,i can get in touch with him if anyone does remember him. R M
r. masters
- Sunday, March 02, 2008 at 13:57:10 (PST)
For R.Masters. Lorna Stokes woul;d like your email address. If this is ok please send it to me in a Guestbook submission and we will forward it to Lorna.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 15:01:12 (PST)
There seems to be a lot of murder and drug-busting going on in the Sunderland Echo. Seaham has always been too close to Sunderland for comfort!
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 14:15:42 (PST)
I am the right way up and alive and kicking myself Seahamlad and it's good to hear from you again. Jacquiline did make tentative enquiries about you a little while ago but there has been nothing since. For myself, I had made enquiries about lads I went to the SIS with and in the same class. But, I heard they had died and I thought they could not have been very old when they kicked the bucket. Well, It has stopped me asking about anyone else I went to School with. Harrison Ford is 66 and he is making another Indiana Jones Film, good luck to him I say. I'll have more to say nextime Seahamlad, keep posting and more power to your elbow.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 14:14:58 (PST)
FAO.lorna.with regard to your enquiry.about family,try Family & Friends Search,, sunderland echo site,someone asking for similar names around that time,& area,, maybe a long shot but worth a try.. Ron
r. masters
stevenage, - Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 14:13:24 (PST)
Hello to all.I am a recent convert to your website.I was born in Seaham along with my three brothers and sisters who lived at Parkside.My wonderful brother John died aged thirty eight of stomach cancer.If anyone remembers the Bells please reply.Im Laraine,my brothers were George,Bob, and the late John,,sisters,Margaret,Wendy and Sheila.On a lighter note,my lovely Dad ,is still alive at the grand old age of eighty six.He attributes his longevity to smoking only non tipped cigarettes .He must be the exception that proves the rule.
Laraine Robison
Seaham, - Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 14:12:34 (PST)
fao. do ron ron masters. have asked ed. and sadie for your e. mail address , glad that place is up !!! we have app. on march 17th. keep the black gold, kiss it for luck , have a bigger lump !!!! Been sending family history to america, he found me by accident . fao. judy c. asked my brother if he remembered your family, straight away said yes your nancy says he thinks they are the same age and Ron i then can talk to you when i get your mail address
Geoff Hudson
Seaham, - Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 14:11:19 (PST)
fao. do ron ron masters. have asked ed. and sadie for your e. mail address , glad that place is up !!! we have app. on march 17th. keep the black gold, kiss it for luck , have a bigger lump !!!! Been sending family history to america, he found me by accident . fao. judy c. asked my brother if he remembered your family, straight away said yes your nancy says he thinks they are the same age and Ron i then can talk to you when i get your mail address
lorna stokes
- Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 14:09:53 (PST)
MESSAGE FOR SHARON MEEK:Margaret Tennick wants you to have her email address. Please send in a submission to the Guestbook including your email address if you want us to send it to you.
Ed Mason - Seaham Harbour Online
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 14:32:09 (PST)
Brian Greenfingers, As far as I know we do not have a "Radio Seaham" as yet, we do have a lot of "Hams" in the area though, we also have a lot of small shops closing down in the Church Street area, no doubt due to the new shopping complex opening. things will never be the same again, its progress of a sort, but sad in a way. So how are you keeping lately Friend? Has Jacqueline deserted us? Would really appreciate comments from her on the race to the White House, Whom does she favor? Whom do you favor?
- Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 14:28:06 (PST)
FAO Maureen...... I was born in Murton and after I was married lived in Deneside and Parkside. I went to Seaham Harbour Grammar school on Princess Road. We came to Canada in 1974. On my my visit I did go to Seaham Hall a lot different to what it was last time I saw it I also visited the Crows Nest and was at the opening of Byron Place.I think Seaham is to be commended for all the upgrades unlike Murton.I enjoy the GB very much I have got in touch with people I knew years ago and like to read what is happening at home. Thanks Sadie and Ed for giving us ex pats a little bit of home. Kindest regards Judy
Judy C
Alliston, - Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 14:27:04 (PST)
Is there a Radio Seaham? When I click on Radio Seaham, up pops Radio Newcastle. I d'ont want anything to do with Newcastle. Gateshead has a good shopping mall and an Angel watching over everything. This Microsoft Vista can't get me Radio Seaham!
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 15:04:36 (PST)
Can anyone help with information about New Seaham. My family tree research has led me to addresses in Hoy Street, Rutherford Avenue and Ambleside Avenue in the 1940's.Sadly I'm to far away for a visit at the moment but I'd like to know when these properties where built and if they were privately owned or local authority. The Family name is Anderson should anyone have any information on individuals, particularly of Hannah Anderson who is said to have been a local Councillor (she died in 1953). If you or any (probably elderly) relatives lived here at this time I would be so grateful for any snippits of info. Thanks.
Denise E
Cambridge, - Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 15:03:32 (PST)
FAO Judy C Alliston, just for the experience why dont you drop in to Seaham Hall for coffee and biscuits and sit out on the terrace, last time we went in it was £4.50 for two coffees and a few biscuits, was only that the church next door was closed to visitors and a passer by suggested we go in for coffee. Have also been to bark leaf and berries on the front, very nice too, bought some postcards back and some little pressies. Are you from Seaham, my husband left about 40 years ago, have still got relations up there so we do get up at least once a year. What do you think of this guestbook then Judy. Kind regards Maureen
- Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 15:02:13 (PST)
lorna.been im touch with friends in crete. 99% finished,should be all done for april 1st [or maybe the next day],,they have a lovely outlook on life,,advertising for staff now & all sports facilities ready...i,m still chasing insurance,but running out of options,next treatment.. & my hosp. appt on 26/2 will sort it one way or another..but if we do get there & can meet the offer of a proper greek meza for you & hubby is on the table,, might even give you that lump of coal back.hope everthing goes ok for you, ED has my e/mail. ask him if you want it..RON
r. masters
herts - Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 15:00:54 (PST)
For Ron Masters, hi again Ron, i would love to see those photos of maureen from the 50's bet she would too
farnborough, - Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 14:59:10 (PST)
Jupiter. fao Coalhewer. In answer to your question about submisions to the guestbook please read the conditions under which the guestbook operates. thanks Sadie
Sadie M
- Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 14:46:21 (PST)
If anyone is visiting Seaham when you walk along the seafront don't forget to call in for coffee at Bark Leaf and Berries. On my recent visit I went there every day to be greeted like an old friend by a wonderfull staff. The coffee is great and they have the most unusual gift shop. If any of you are reading this Thanks again girls and guys
judy C
Alliston, - Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 14:43:03 (PST)
hello maureen. johny,s maureen got mixed up,we all get senior moments.mine are pretty regular.stan was doris,s brother. dot & i would have been married 54 yrs this aug. sadly i lost dot in 1998..tell her i still have photo,s of her & dot with a bunch of girls from about1951 the only other ones i can name now is a florence wilson,& a josie foster, give her my regards, happy days..ron
r. masters
stevenage, - Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 14:41:54 (PST)
I am looking for any info about edward william potts and he married pheobe ann madara , living at murton colliery, had 3 children ann potts b. easington 1855, ella potts easington 1871 edward robert potts 1875 easington , they left for new york in 1880 ship called NEVADA got her with the children, no husband listed they went to philadelphia, i can,t find a marriage looking at dalton-le-dale, easington , one child pheobe ann oct.7th. 1877 murton colliery , an american relative asking for help. FAO.DO RON RON i know its being built hope its finished by i get there !!! or if i get there should i say , you know what i mean take care
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 14:40:46 (PST)
fao Ron masters, sorry ron maureen gave me wrong info, should have been stan(your brother) she said charlie, not sure if the other message came out, i didnt start with jupiter regards maureen
- Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 14:28:56 (PST)
Hi there everyone, I was telling me Mam today about this site and she wanted me to see if anyone remembers Herbie he had a club foot and ran the horse and cart shop at the cottages around 1940. Mam and her family lived at Jasper Ave Deneside and grew up in Seaham. Mam is the former Yvonne Gilbert her brother Melvin and sister Bernice have great memories of this time Auntie Bernice was a lot younger than mam and her brother.If anyone remembers I would love to hear from you.
Tracey Harland Vincent
Fairmont, W V - Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 14:28:06 (PST)
Hi Ron Masters, just been talking to johnnys wife maureen and she remembers you, you have a brother charlie who lives in Murton, your wife was called doris, funny that i was saying to maureen my mums name was doris and my dads name was charlier, how wierd is that then. This March maureen and johnny would have been married 56 years.
farnborough, - Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 14:26:37 (PST)
Does anyone know the whereabouts of either Geoff Hudson, who used to live in New Seaham or Brian Watts. They were members of the 60s Seaham pub band The Cossacks. I was a member and am trying to locate them to see if they have any old photos of the band members. Many thanks.
John Warburton
Spennithorne, North Yorkshire - Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 14:25:18 (PST)
J Armstrong,(San Francisco) I have a complete family tree going back to 1800 if you would like a copy.
- Monday, February 11, 2008 at 15:01:37 (PST)
Can anybody recall Billy Woods, he lived a few doors down from Queensburry Road? Joe Simpson lived near by on the otherside of Malvern I think. Then there was Norman Roberts, I went to the SIS with him. I remember when I was A kid a feller at Dalton-le-Dale was always shooting Hawks that perched in the trees off the main road, he used a 2.2 rifle.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, February 11, 2008 at 15:00:56 (PST)
Does anyone know the where abouts of George Watt, who used to live in Cottages Road, Dawdon? - Joyce Salt (nee Green)
Joyce Salt nee Green
- Monday, February 11, 2008 at 15:00:08 (PST)
thanks for such an interesting website i visited seaham last summer and was very impressed even though i lived in the north east for over twenty years i had never been too seaham better late than never i will be back this summer ian and family the jura
ian watson
bellignat, ain france - Monday, February 11, 2008 at 14:59:21 (PST)
Hi Janet, got your e-mail but have had loads of problems with ***broadband and lost it. Please send it again, looking forward to hearing everthing. Ray Leighton
Ray Leighton
Durham, - Monday, February 11, 2008 at 14:58:03 (PST)
FAO,M,Raffety sorry to hear about johny,,he was the one of the family i knew most,he was the one that was involved with the maureen i asked about.i,m talking half a century ago,but the name was maureen white,of murton,but we all had girl friends then,@ 15 & 16. some lasted ,some didnt,i haven,t been home by car for almost 3 yrs..last time i used nat/express from steveage its as fast as driving &only £10 & i can hire a car for 3days . i still check the photo libary on this site & the sunderland echo on line has a good virtual tour. as you say its still home,tho much changed. i worked in farnbro.for a while in the 70s inspecting military fighting vehicles a nice place but i expect much changed now.enjoy your visit to your family & the dips. i only have 1 relative up home now,& most of my friends sadly gone so not much incentive to back but lots of memories to fall back on. regards R M
ron masters
- Monday, February 11, 2008 at 14:57:14 (PST)
Does anyone that worked at Brian Mills in the late 50s and early 60s, remember a girl called Phylis Reah. She was a gingery haired girl with freckles. One of her old friends by the name of Norma is trying to find her.
Ann Hanson
- Monday, February 11, 2008 at 14:55:43 (PST)
Dianne when you start researching John Smith all you need to start is Elizabeth's marriage certificate.Did she marry in Canada or England? Once known apply for the certificate. Try Tony Whitehead's site, Durham Records on Line,type in her surname, and you will find present day family names.
Canada - Monday, February 11, 2008 at 14:55:00 (PST)
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Monday, February 11, 2008 at 14:54:04 (PST)
FAO lorna.saw sentorini being built,not my scene i,m afraid,everything tempts you to stay in the one place,i like to meet the locals & ive never met a bad one yet.honest ,friendly,& helpfull. if its your first time,learn a few of the simple words it breaks the ice.try looking at elounda 77 net, WHO PaYS THE FERRYMAN was filmed there .its a simple place a bit like murton or the knack used to be,aunties & cousins & gran around the corner,but with lovely sea views & the kids will ask please can i sit & talk to you just to help with their english, ,not much happens today,but it will tomorrow if you know what i mean,if youre not sure about the menu,they say , come into the kitchen & i,ll show you or i,ll do it your way,my daughter visited in sept,& mentioned me, at reception, word spread, she came back with gifts for me from local people,& concern for my health, cant imagine butlins doing that. im at hospital on 26/2 depending on what they say i will give! it a go on 15/may. just tried to get med,cover but as once declared its info shared & blocked. have an evening meal on the water edge cafe,s in heraklion, ROMANTIC,,,youll think youre courting again. enjoy it. Ron
r. masters
- Monday, February 11, 2008 at 14:52:11 (PST)
Ed, could you please pass my e-mail to Eric Leighton and ask him to e-mail me? Thank you.(ERIC send me your email address and I will forward it to Colin.- Ed Mason
Colin Hall
NZ - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:36:08 (PST)
Hello Ron masters, just talkig to hubbie frankie and he does remember the watts and harry cole he knocked around with them apparently. He is not sure a\bout maureen working in the bakery, but when we speak again, if i remember i will ask her. Sadly johnny died last year and the other brother peter died about 1996/97. We are hoping to go up again this year, please god. I will again bring the stotties back but cant manage the dips, probably eat them before we reached london(horrible). Ed Mason has my email address.The sea front is looking really good now, sometimes we stay at aline st, frankies sister betty lives there and you just walk out of her door to the bottom cross over and your on the front, asda was being built and i understand its really good, ideal for people who dont want to go to town, hope i get to go to byron place shopping area when i am next up, which is where asda is roughly. Frankie will be 74 this may, he still has two sisters in the 70's and 80's up home(i always call it home, cos my sister in laws always used to say to us when are you coming home, pity we didnt live nearer i would be up more often. Do you go up on the train or drive, the train fares are quite good price wise, but its getting from farnborough to kings cross which is the most expensive bit. Hope to hear from you again and maybe i will forward some snaps of frankie and the family and also some shots i took whilst up there last year. Regards to you and your family Maureen
maureen rafferty
Farnborough, Hampshire uk - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:27:28 (PST)
Hi - I am doing my family tree, and I remember being told my great Grandather had something to do with the harbour (customs?circa 1920?). His name was Arthur Jones. I would love any info, or copies of photos if possible. cheers Jennifer
Jennifer Cotton
SYDNEY, - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:15:27 (PST)
I am researching my grandson's family, (he is ten years old). My grandson's father is Christopher Henry Smith, here in Ontario, Canada. I would like my grandson to have his family knowledge when he grows up. His grandmother, Elizabeth Isabel Gray Mileham, born 21 Church Street, Seaham Harbour, in 1927, unfortunately died here in Ontario three years ago. She married John Smith which I have yet to research (and with the name of John Smith, I don't hold too much hope). She was the daughter of John Thomas Mileham and Jane Mileham formerly Gray. I have researched the family back to 1858 and now looking for living relatives. Can you help? I believe the Chris Mileham that you know may be one of his relatives. I tried his hotmail address but it bounced back to me.
Dianne A. Boucher
Ontario - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:14:39 (PST)
SEAHAM, - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:12:29 (PST)
re.Dickie Marrin , I am proud to say was my Uncle . and he had the "finest tenor voice in Seaham" . I believe he was a "Carroll Levis Discovery" the forerunner of the X factor, but due to family circumstances was not able to follow his dream and sing professionally although he had many opportunities. He served in the Army during the war and joined concert parties singing to the troops. I can remember him telling the stories about being in London during the Blitz on leave and singing to the people sheltering in the Undergound . No longer with us but fondly remembered
John Cox
Spalding, Lincs - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:11:42 (PST)
Seaham a future 'Hotspot' I'm just reading a report in the Saga Mag. Well, most Sea-side towns and villages are being singled out for the 'Retirement Developement' treatment from the money-mogles. Seaham will not escape till it looks like the Riviera of the North and not a speck of coal-dust in sight. I wonder if we will recognise Seaham when it's all done?......Comments please.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:10:16 (PST)
I often Look at your home page and find it interesting, I, like many others are researching my family tree, I am looking for relatives of my Great Grandfather Henry Bernhard Anderson 1856 from Heligoland I have quite a lot of information so far and I would like to share my research with other relatives of Henry and Ellen Anderson. (Dora's grandchild) Carol
Carol Johnson
Murton, Co Durham - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:09:07 (PST)
I am looking for a Patrick McKenna (not sure if the spelling is correct), who was in PNG in 1983/4. Please contact me if you are that person. Thanks.
maggie fintic
cairns, - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:07:55 (PST)
Anybody got school photographs from Seaham Intermediate School , about 1950 - 1955
john brennan
hong kong - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:07:00 (PST)
Wherefore art thee Beardy? No sarcastic remarks for the slang man. Pity that your safari got scuppered. May be for the best though. You don't want to be in "Darkest Africa" when the Paw Paw hits the fan! Far better have a break in Skeggie or Campbell Town. Even better Welsh Wales. Get yer hiking boots on and get out there. Give my regards to the better half. Cheers Marra
The Real Real Bill in SA
- Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:05:53 (PST)
do ron masters , Glad you didn,t go on that trip with her , she did not tell you the whole truth!!!Yes we are going to Crete, hopefully , more tests in march, something else know, going to a new resort its called SENSATORI 5 STAR FULL BOARD WITH DRINKS, opens in may take a look , ref. The Rink i always go where i,m told not to, it,s more fun .get insurance from the net or age concern , if i told the whole truth we would not go anywhere, lifes too short do ron ron . get off on holiday in the sun , i am going to look elouda up to see if we are near , hubby says i am out of control. i say no i,m from murton !!!! Laff i worked at murton co-op bakery in 1956, tipped 10trays of cakes over and got the sack, didn,t like it anyway , told me i was impitent!!!! only there a week keep smiling do ron ron
lorna stokes
- Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:02:56 (PST)
The real Bill ib SA
SA, - Saturday, February 02, 2008 at 16:01:10 (PST)
Sorry folks but we need to close the Guestbook for a week or so for maintenance. Please keep seding in your submissions which will be added to the Guestbook as soon as possible.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 15:01:03 (PST)
The Mrs Wass you refer to lived directly over the road from us, one of the houses on the angle as you went past the green to Queensbury Road. She was a piano teacher. She had a very nice daughter as I recall! Ted Wilkinson lived in the next gable ender in Malvern, and Geordie Monarch was a couple of doors up from us. He's in that photo of the High Colliery Football team on the site home page. COLIN: Please send me your email address for forwarding. ED
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 14:57:48 (PST)
Has anyone any information about Sarah Farn (nee Cattermole) who lived in California St. circa 1917 and died in same year.
J Cattermole
Sunderland, - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 14:51:54 (PST)
My parents were Stand and Maureen Weatherall, I am interested in finding any Weatherall relatives that are still alive. I just visited Seaham this holiday and i was very happy to see how well it looks
j. armstrong
san francisco, - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 14:51:04 (PST)
fao maureen.. the brain works slower now.just read your 2nd letter,about brothers frankie & johny,the maureen i remember worked i think at murton co-op bakery with my wife [ girlfriend at the time] doris vardy.it seems a very long time ago,the raffety,s lived eastlea est.we knocked about with the watt bro,s & harry cole but i still have photo,s of dot & the bakery girls .. happy days RM
ron masters
- Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 14:49:38 (PST)
fao maureen raffety, i remember the shop ,,about opposite murleys. and stotty does go nice. i still make my own p/pudding.& supply it to the family.i believe ive asked before perhaps you missed it, i knew a frankie & johny raffety at the knack in the 50s one of them courted a maureen from murton,is it the same family & if you do get up home i,d be greatfull if you could drop me off a couple of those dips RM
ron masters
stevenage, - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 14:48:39 (PST)
lorna stokes, tried to jump start for that trip but i think the big ends are knocking so its off,seemed a nice girl tho. are you serious about CRETE,i go every year since i was on my own, a little place called ELOUNDA, if you ever get there tell any taverna owner around the harbour you know Mr RON it will get you free drinks.my trip there this MAY in doubt, insurance probs...how does your husband manage for cover. P/S the RINK till 11 o,clock!!!! thought you were one of the good girls,what was wrong with the nack miners hall on sat nights RM
ron masters
stevenage, - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 14:47:36 (PST)
To Rita Mortimer---The drownd boy's name was Gordon Jackson.
Brian Greenfingers
Netley Abbey, Hants - Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 14:46:17 (PST)
Hello. A belated response to Jim Mather's message in April 2006 regarding a mortuary near Elgey's. I have been told this was located in the Seaham UDC depot on Foundry Road, next door to Elgey's. (unsure of dates). I hope this helps.
A. Chadwick
Wingate, - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:22:37 (PST)
for the attn of eddie elliot, my husband and his brother worked at the Knack, hubbies name is frankie and his brother was called johnny. Has sisters in seaham married to leo groark who worked at the vane tempest, other sister lives in aline st her husband was jack dent who worked at dawdon pit, looking forward to getting up this year sometime to visit the family. Happy new year to you and all those from seaham.
farnborough, - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:21:46 (PST)
This is for ron masters, re pease puddings and pork dips, at the bottom of church st you can still buy the pork dips, the are really nice, the pease pudding you can buy in the co-op or the butchers bottom of church st. Hope to get up this year and will have ham and pease pudding stottie cake, alwasy bring about half a dozen back with us. Have a great new year Regards Maureen and Frankie rafferty
farnborough, - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:20:50 (PST)
Yes I remember the home made Peace Pudding. My mam used to make it in liquid Brown Ale, so if you didd't like the taste, you certainly liked the gravy. Lovely Jubbly.! My mam used to do Pea soup in a large bowl with sausages and I cann't remember what they called this concoction (please help). Xmas was great when you were youngings, I remember coming home to a nice smell of home made bread, rising in front of the coal fire, and my Mother making the Xmas cake "Mummy Mummy can I lick th bowl" and her reply was always "No son you should pull the chain like everybody else does" Ray Thompson_ is that the Ray I went to school with and lived in Portland and both attended the Seaham Muck Shifters (S.M.S). I can remember Norman Beer (Sadies brother) who with me and Jimmy Mid and Sheppie who sang in the choir at the church along the mission, with Mrs Wass at the organ. If you sang in the front row you could reach the plug in the wall with your feet, and pull out the plug to the organ and the church went quiet and you received a clout about the ear from Mrs Wass, and I was the one who always got the blame. Ann Price- A lovely story, we all miss ! our Parents at Xmas. Greetings to all who read this Guestbook and to them who compose the letters into print mainly the Masons. I'LL BE BACK
Eric Leighton
Seaham, - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:19:30 (PST)
Seaham Harbour, My Father was born in Seaham Harbour in 1920. His name is Ralph. He has always spoke highly of Seaham. Does anyone know the Owen name in Seaham. They moved to Leeds near the beginning of WWII. Cheers, Alan
Alan Owen
Dorion, Quebec - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:17:34 (PST)
judy c. fancy you meeting Rose potts,s daughter , i used to go to her house and play she had a big dolls house and rocking horse in the wash house , also had a coloured doll which she wouldn,t let me touch , i got one in the end just recently off ebay !!!! never forgot that , did you mention me ? not seen rose since 1958, there was rose, me, barbara finn, joan lashley, and maureen elland , sheena harold , jean forrester , did you find margo gilchrist ?happy and healthy new year to you and your family
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:16:22 (PST)
fao. do ron ron masters . do not go on that trip , its rubbish , food not good and no transfers back ,weather and accomodation awfull, i am going to crete instead , I worked in sunderland and only could afford a penny dip, a bun with stuffing and dipped in gravy and 2oxo,s for a penny , you must have been on a good wage , my friday treat was going to the swimming baths on the high street next to Vaux,s brewery, then to ibbitsons for my treat, saturday night was the Rink ballroom in park lane last bus home was 10 to 11 , we would get off at dalton- le- dale and walk up the dene in pitch black dark , we had no fear when i think about it , it scares the life out of me . i wake up in a morning say yesssssssss i am alive which is a bonus !!! what shall i do today , keep going do ron ron , we have another round of appointments ahead keep well pp ps, that was my nickname at SCOOL!!!!!!!!!
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:15:17 (PST)
happy new year to everyone in seaham my home town miss it so much.A big hello to Ray and Carol hope you are ok and hope you had a good party in selby at new year c u both very soon.
selby, - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:13:32 (PST)
Brian Greenfingers, you tell of going to a funeral of a lad drowned in the clay pit many years ago, can you remember his name? rita mortimer. Louth
rita s mortimer
louth, - Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 16:12:46 (PST)
a happy & prosperous new year to all the guest book contributers & especialy ED& Sadie. not been 100% lately so have been able to read & keep in touch but not send to G/Book ,today i recieved a surprise e/mail,from someone who claimed to have got my profile from the G/Book. seems to be a very nice lady & although weve never met promised me a trip to heaven& asked very little in return, so at my age & condition,, why not ,, so if any reader has a good battery & some long jump leads, i,d be forever in their debt. P/S reading about the pease pudding, as an apprentice,fri night was pay night,and called for an ibbitsons tanner pork dip on the way to the bus home in park lane a bun,P/pud.&pork & crackling,,,I can taste it still,, can you still get them.& are they more than a tanner now R,Masters
r. masters
- Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 16:25:59 (PST)
i would like to wish all my old friends in parkside club a happy new year in 2008.I still have a lot of memories of seaham of parkside deneside and when i was at school.I went to camden square,sms,and iworked at the knack.But i joined the army at 18 so most of my memories are way back but reading this has brought them all back.thanks for the walk down memory lane.
eddie elliot
mansfield, - Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 16:24:11 (PST)
As it is already 2008 down here,[and by my reckoning you have a half- hour to go], I'd like to wish you Sadie and Eddie, and of course everyone else, a very Happy New Year.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 13:29:30 (PST)
fao. maureen rafferty you can get muslin at a fabric shop wash it and reuse time and tin me again also use it for a boiled leek suet pudding. i lived in murton left in 1958 we lived in princess street near the pit then moved to sea view they no longer exist now , have only cousins left up there all of us left for work scattered all over the world , i give them info on home , enjoy your pease pudding, sometimes i put garlic in it to fancy it up , melt the butter and garlic in the microwave then pour it in the hot pease pudding for a change , my hubby is a yorkshire man says to me can you make your ethnic food !!!!Have you tried savoury yorkshire pudd you can eat it cold ? Hanleys butchers in murton used to do this , i got the recipe before i left so carry on the tradition , wishing ed, sadie for such a wonderfull guest book have a heathy new year to one and all cheers everybody
lorna stokes
Scarborough, N.Yorks. UK - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 13:17:03 (PST)

Happy New Year everyone. Here's the 2008 Guestbook.
Ed & Sadie Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 12:51:27 (PST)