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For attention of Doreen Liddell. Your information about the George Elmy lifeboat is a little sketchy. The lifeboat was lost with all crew in 1962 after it was launched to help the fishing cobble 'Economy'. The webpages listed here may be usefull for you to look at concerning the tragic loss and the recent developments to restore the lifeboat. I don't understand your reference to Ron Robinson being coxswain however, unless he joined a different lifeboat. The following is a full list of the crew at the time of the accident and those from the cobble - Lifeboat Crew of the �George Elmy� John T. Miller (Coxswain) Fred Gippert (Second Coxswain) Arthur Brown Leonard Brown James Farrington Crew of the coble �Economy� David Burrell (aged 9) Gordon Burrell George Firth Joseph Kennedy Donald Burrell - the sole survivor The 'Will & Fanny Kirby' was the eventual replacement lifeboat in 1963 and was the last lifeboat to serve at Seaham when the station closed in 1979. From my memory banks Don Cave and Arthur Farrington were the coxswain who served on the Will & Fanny Kirby. I know something of this event, firstly, because I took tea and sandwiches to the people at the blast beach who were looking for survivors, my two brothers and father being amongst those searching and secondly my sister in law's father Leonard Brown was the engineer on board the lifeboat when it capsized killing all crew along with all but one of the people they rescued from the cobble Economy. I am sure you will find the websites helpful.
Richard Thorpe
Seaham, - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 04:24:47 (PST)
I have a photograph dated 1899 of Seaham Harbour White Star AFC. My Great Great Grandad George Bell nicknamed "Punt" is sat behind the trophies. Anyone any recollection of this team. Thanks J Holland
Jenny Holland
Coalville, - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 04:21:45 (PST)
to the person looking 4 info on seaham lifeboat disaster it was 17 11 62 all died on lifeboat and the boat they went 2 rescue died 2 sorry 4 the bad news i know this i was 1wk old and my da was a part time fisherman and told me the story many a times
stan gregory
south shields, - Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 04:20:13 (PST)
I saw an item on your site from Maureen and she sounds like a long lost friend of ours i would love to contact her again but my blog seems not able to get through thankyou Jon grey
Jon Grey
- Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 14:32:25 (PST)
Hi Sheila,formally Middleton,of course I remember you and Judith,and,of course,your Mum and Dad, hope you are all well. Roy Kirby,I was at Seaham Grammer school with your sister Elsie,how strange to hear you are now in Alton.
Ann Gates(Bowers)
Farnham, - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 14:30:38 (PST)
my farther was born in seaham iam hopeing that this site can help me with some enquiries
steven tunstall
london, - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 14:27:45 (PST)
Hi, Its a long shot as it is such a long time ago does anybody remember Albert Rumbles and his wife and three daughters who lived in Seaham (poss Church Street) 1919-1940
adi mason
kings lynn, - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 14:26:44 (PST)
message for neil slavin the reason why the "blast" is called the blast is called because there was a blast furnace there. i think this in the 1800s, i also think the owner was called Watson for the place where the workmen lived was called, "Watson Town" again i think he is burred in dawdon grave yard
Ernie Taylor
Deneside, Seaham, - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 14:25:35 (PST)
On the reverse of my Great, great grandfather's death certificate it had "of the Shakespeare Lodge".I always wondered what this was. He was John Lorraine(1817-1845)and was killed in the mine shaft
joan ashcroft nee lorraine
liverpool, - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 14:22:04 (PST)
Searching through my grandmother's photos ( Esther Bell nee Wates) there is a picture of Captain and Mrs HOward in Salvation Army outfits and Brian who is a baby on her knee about 18 month. Anyone know their whereabouts. I also have lots of photographs whom i don't know who they are. There is a Boxer and his trainer, a football team who had won a cup must have been at least a hundred years ago. My grandfather George Bell is hoding the ball as captain.There are other football teams, cricket and hockey teams. Is there any historians in Seaham who would be interested in finding out who they are.
Jenny Holland(nee BELL)
Coalville, - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 14:20:36 (PST)
Isn't Seaham looking smart! I was born in Seaham in 1936 (Norma Corrigan) and my dad Owen was engineer in the Grappler, the dock dredger, for most of his life until he came to New Zealand in 1972. Dad's parents, James and Catharine, had five sons and four daughters - all of the sons served in the Forces in WW2 (my dad was in the Merchant service including sea going tug boats) and all survived the War. My grandad James was Harbour Master at Seaham Docks.
Norma McCallum
Waikanae, Kapiti - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 14:18:55 (PST)
Hello to Ed Mason , I remember you from Ryhope Grammar school. Your brother Barry was in my class, and both of you were good footballers. I seem to remember Barry worked for British Rail when he left school, and you went to University. Did you later become a local councillor in Seaham?. I left Seaham in !961 to live and work in Newcastle, and moved down to Alton in Hampshire five years ago to be nearer our children and grandchildren.My sister Liz Jasprizza who lives in Australia told me about the website and I have recognised a few namesd on it. If anyone fro Ryhope grammar remembers me would love to hear from them .
Roy Kirby
Alton, Hampshire UK - Monday, November 21, 2011 at 02:35:17 (PST)
My Father was born in Seaham Harbour and my Grandad worked down the mine and his ashes were scattered from the pier where he used to fish. I am trying to find a painting of Seaham Harbour as a Christmas present for my Father so any suggestions will be gratefuly received. Many thanks and kind regards, Jane Charleton
Jane Charleton
Gringley-on-the-Hill, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:16:05 (PST)
Just found your site.My Father Frederick Johnson served on HMS Seaham Feb 1942 to March 1944 as a stoker, and I couldn't resist saying hello
peter johnson
Mitcham, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:14:44 (PST)
Here's an update on retired bookie, local hero and harbour character LEO SMITH. He's now living in Beachcombers on the seafront where he's keeping the crew happy with his endless line in jokes. He can often be seen leading his family troops along the seafront to the shops. Don't be fooled by the wheelchair - he's just resting his legs while waiting for a call up from the Stadium of Light. Still as sharp as a knife and full of great crack, keep your eye out for him - he'll be glad to see you...
Mick Smith
France - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:13:17 (PST)
Hy rachel jarvis.i remember the parkside group home well.i also remember your nana,molly.although i did not know her,personally,i do kno she was a lovely lady,i used to live almost next door to the home,and was friends with many of the children in there.regards,Tom.(tucker)stringer
tom stringer
seaham, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:12:03 (PST)
Just remembered my father Matthew(Matt) used to take part in the concert parties whan he was younger. He played the trumpet. He also has been a ventriliquist dummy on occasions and i know he knew Jimmy Gilbert.It was a name i heard mentioned many times.
jenny (holland)
coalville, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:10:33 (PST)
I would like to ask if anyone knew my Grandmother Esther Bell or her family who lived at 60 California Street New Seaham. She was a Salvation Officer in the Salvation Army in Seaham. She lived on her own after her husband George died. They are my fathers parents whose name was Matthew Bell. He had sisters Dora, Jenny who was a GI bride, Joyce , and one other. He had one brother Arthur who was killed in the war.It would be great if anyone remembers the family.
Coalville, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:09:13 (PST)
Message for Norma Witten. Had an email from Andrea Raynish and her friend is organising a School Reunion and has been trying to find your brother Graeme. I dont have any email or forwarding address for you so if you contact me I can put you onto to Andrea.I will email Andrea and tell her to watch these pages for your reply.
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:07:14 (PST)
WILLIAM GINGER in 1901 was living at 5 Bottlehouse Field Huts age 54 Inspector of Works at Seaham Harbour new docks. Can anyone direct me to further sources of information please?
Beryl Turner (
Stokesley, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:05:50 (PST)
I am trying to find out more about the Seaham Lifeboat I know that sometime between 1961 1963-4 the lifeboat went out to rescue some boys in difficulty on the Featherbed rocks & the lifeboat got into difficulties.Lives were lost the next day they had a full crew again With Ron Robinson as coxswain he was a ships pilot at the docks. He was my late brother in law I am trying to find this out for his son
Doreen Liddell
Frimley, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:04:26 (PST)
Greetings again to Seaham Harbour people, anyone know of James[Jimmy]Swann and James P. Swann [Swannee]formally St. Joseph's 1950/55, Jimmy was our top school athlete and I used to go swimming with Swannee at Sunderland road baths.I was usually called,'Mop' or 'Spud Murphy, would like to hear from anyone from that time. Stay well Seaham people, Pat Murphy.
Patrick henry Murphy
Vereeniging, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:03:08 (PST)
Re. David Stevenson. The last i heard David moved to the midlands working as a fireman in industry this would be in early 1960,s. sorry this is all i know i went through school with Dave leaving in 1955. keith Batey billingham.
Keith Batey
billingham, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:01:49 (PST)
i drink in the deneside club and few old people didnt know the answers to these questions. why is the featherbed rock known as that and why is the blast called the blast. if anyone can tell me please do thanks very much neil slavin
neil slavin
seaham, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 15:00:10 (PST)
hi i am john allen born in dawdon 1940.went to school in dawdon.all my family worked in dawdon grandfather has left a football medal dated 1920 sea ham charity cup i wish to find out more about if he won this medal.his name was john shaw
john allen
tadley, - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 14:58:39 (PST)
Reply to Handley, Suffolk. My Grandfather GILBERT SINCLAIR SCOLLOY was from Seaham Harbour and lived his life there. I only have his baptism record which states he was baptized on 11.2.1877. He married my grandmother SARAH (nee Johnson)at the age of 30. Do you think he is the man you are looking for?
Marilyn Rowlands
Ocean Shores, Australia - Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:14:38 (PDT)
Christine McLeod - William and sarah are my Grand Parents my father was Fred you can contact me via the guestbook
Valerie Roberts
Seaham, - Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:12:52 (PDT)
to elliott Dieghton Went to a Reunion for 2nd seaham scouts and your name was brought up, Take of the oldies. Conversation was with Jackie Armes. We thought you went to Frobisher bay??? Do not get on the web site much but will be on a bit more
brian jefferson
catterick garrison, - Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:11:08 (PDT)
For a long time Ive been trying to find an old friend called David Anderson or Stevenson . I found an old autograph book today that I had as a girl. In it is his name and address David Stevenson, 32 The Avenue Deneside.This was his address in 1953, I wonder if anyone can remember him or know where he is no.
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point, NSW Australia - Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:09:09 (PDT)
Hi I'm replying to a post which refers to Seaham Family Group home. My Nana Molly Jarvis was the house mother there for many years. Does anyone remember the home? Anyone use to live or work there? Regards Rachel Jarvis
rachel Jarvis
adelaide, - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 15:32:21 (PDT)
We are researching the Mcleod family tree and have discovered this week that Sarah McLeod born 1898 married a William Armstrong born 1898 in Dawdon Parish Church in 1918. Sarah was living at Londonderry street and William was living in Wynyard street. They had 5 children that we know of Robert b 1918, Franci b 1920, Mary b1920,Iris b 1928 & Frederick J S born 1931. William was one of 12 siblings to George & Mary Armstrong. Anyone who has any information I would love to hear from you.
Christine Earle-McLeod
Washington, - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 15:31:16 (PDT)
Hi I am trying to find out about my fathers early life, Thomas Clarence Bambrough born 1920 in Easinton, Ibeliev he was a blacksmith before he joined the RAF in 1938. He very rarely spoke of his childhood and as a family we never visited Seaham. I was wondering if any one reading this can give be any information about him, his life or family. Many thanks Peter Bambrough
peter bambrough
Chippenham, - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 15:29:56 (PDT)
Hi I'm trying to find out about my fathers life in Seaham, Thomas Clarence Bambrough born 1921, he left Seaham about 1938 and joined the RAF. Does anybody remember him?
Peter Bambrough
Chippenham, - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 15:29:01 (PDT)
For Norma Witten. Forgot to ask you . Did Your dad, Cecilia Kennedys dad and Ray Raynish, all work for the Pru ?????. My dad left and went to the Electricity Board. Regards from Ann x
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point, - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 15:27:56 (PDT)
message for Norma Witten. yes Norma I remember the Pru cricket matches, My Dad loved cricket and was actually watching it when he passed away (True) he used to take me round collecting the insurance money when I was just about 8 years old. I remember going with him to some Nissan Huts where folks lived after the war. i would love to see any of the photos that you have.
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point, - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 15:26:50 (PDT)
im trying to find kathleen webber and her twin sister tracey webber who lived at Jarrow or any one taht knows them.
stephen swan
seaham, - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 15:24:46 (PDT)
Spent a pleasant hour or so reading through your Guestbook, very interesting. I noticed someone asking for details of Alan Paxton. Sorry to say I don't know the answer to that but I do remember Alan well. Yes, his father did have a butchers shop in what I believe was called Back Byron Terrace. As a young lad he lived in Ambleside Avenue and at the age of 13 years both he and I joined the YHA (Youth Hostels). The first Hostel we visited was at Saltburn. Quite a ride for 2 young lads. We had no experience of the YHA regarding bookings and such and when we arrived at Saltburn the Hostel was full. However the wife of the Warden took pity on us and put 2 mattresses on the dormitory floor for which we were most thankful. Later when we started work and I went into the forces I lost touch with Alan and later I left Seaham completely in 1958. I do still visit every few weeks as I have a cousin living there.Many changes have taken place, some for the better; but it's depressing to see Church St reduced to such a poor state. It was very much the ' community centre' for Seaham with attractive and well fronted shops and a hive of activity and 'meeting place' on a Saturday. Hopefully this entry may bring to light long lost old friends. A nice site and I'll certainly keep looking in.
Norman Knapp
Stokesley, - Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 15:23:38 (PDT)
Anyone know if / where it's safe to swim at Seaham? I see that the Seaham harbour swimming club was only disbanded in 1982. M
Marie Lovell
Wheatley Hill, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:47:48 (PDT)
To Geoffrey Wilson...Thanks for the info on Don/Keith have passed the info on to the rest of the lads who served with them both...appreciate you doing that we have been searching for them for some time. regards Ernie
Ernie Hudson
Perth, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:46:46 (PDT)
Born 1957, Northlea School - researching Scorer family. Any Scorers still in Seaham would love to hear from you.
Irene Scorer
Harrogate, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:45:14 (PDT)
Hello, I am tracing our family tree and hoping someone may remember or know anyone who many have information regarding Andrew Robinson born 1911. His parents were Andrew Robinson & Lily Robinson (nee Goggins). Andrew married Margaret Ellen Marratty in 1932 and had a daughter called Christine, I am the grandaughter of Andrew. Originally from Durham they moved to Rhyope between 1853 - 1875, both my grandfather and greatgrandfather worked at ryhope colliery and dawdon colliery. Any info would be much appreciated, thanks
A Woods
- Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:44:04 (PDT)
Hello, I am tracing our family tree and looking for any information anyone may have or remember about Andrew Robinson. Born 1911. His parents are Andrew Robinson and Lily Robinson (nee goggins), the family were originally from Durham and moved to Rhyope between 1853 - 1875. Andrew Robinson married Margaret Ellen Marratty in 1932. Many thanks,
A Woods
- Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:43:10 (PDT)
Hello to Margaret Hume, I remember you well, I was at your wedding and used to go youth hosteling with you Dave and other friends. We were cadets together at Cherryknowle Hospital with Dorothy May & Norma Pascoe and then later you and I were at the Royal Infirmary. I have lived in Australia since 1970 after meeting and marrying an Australian in Toronto in 1967. My married name is Jasprizza and I now go by my middle name of Elizabeth or Liz. I was Elsie Kirby and I'm sure you'll remember me!
Elizabeth Jasprizza
Sydney, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:41:25 (PDT)
.Anne hanson i have a photograph of me as a girl on a boat with Andea Raynish s mam and dad he was so good looking.My daughter vanessa has had her trip to Brisbane ..loved it..on arriving she did her 10K run and then over the Bisbane bridge...what a girl we call her Rambo.Do you remember going to the Pru cricket matches?keep in touch...Norma
norma witten.nee atkinson
ellon, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:39:57 (PDT)
Hello, Dorothy! I'm really pleased all the family are well. Has Alan retired yet? Please send everyone my fondest regards; also, let Cliff know I review the Guestbook. Keith
keith greener
crook, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:38:32 (PDT)
thanks for the memories,i left seaham in 1966 and its good to read about the old town
david Gibson
Birtley, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:37:31 (PDT)
I attended St Mary Magdalens 1958 to 1965 and Camden Square 1965 - 1969. Looking for old school friends - anyone out there?
Allan Monkhouse
Seaham, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:35:55 (PDT)
PLEASE can anyone HELP me find an ex work mate. JOHN TAYLOR possible FIREFIGHTER into motorbikes wanted to start a his own BIKE TRAINING school worked at SYSTEM DRIVER TRAINING in CARLISLE up till 1999/2000. last known lived in BRAMPTON and was moving back to north east. we worked as LGV/HGV instructers along side REG NORRIS- RON HAGGERTY- KEVIN WATSON- he would know me as little steve STEVE THOMSON been on loads of sites n face book lead me here love t know he and the family are thriving yours fingers faithfully crossed STEVE THOMSON
steve thomson
longtown, - Sunday, October 09, 2011 at 14:31:33 (PDT)
I am taking my first tentative steps on tracing my family tree on my fathers side of the family. My grandparents (and father) were from Seaham (Vane Terrace I think) and were Henry Reay and Julia Laura Gilmore. They had three children, Moira, Cyril (my dad) & Olive. Any information would be gratefully received and I assume you can get my email address from the moderators/site owner.
Ian Reay (
Guildford, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 16:10:20 (PDT)
for john young I no bob wake I told his daughter you were looking for him
ann jeffries
seaham, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 16:09:05 (PDT)
I left England dec 9 1969 My brother Tony Sis. Sue & Greta Bery camw fir,st then My Sis Val and Ken Hunter Last came my Mother Dad & me. After a long rtip we arrived in Victoria B.C. Canada. What a bueatifull country Canada is.
kevin o'connor
Seaham Habour, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 16:07:56 (PDT)
Ann Gates nee Bowers. How strange. I was visiting Seaham at the same time as you. I was a friend of your sister Pat. My sister Judith and I lived near you as children and Pat lived beside my parents in Queens Avenue. I remember Hilary and Stephanie as children. Please remember me to Bob. Kind regards. Sheila Howard(Middleton)
Sheila Howard nee Middleton
Northampton, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 16:06:34 (PDT)
I am originally from Sunderland, my Dad worked at Vane Tempest colliery and Silksworth pit. His name was Joe Wilson, he was good friends with Harry Gustard who like my Dad was hurt and disabled in a mining accident. I believe the Gustard family still live in Seaham, I visited there so many times as a young boy, I have good memories of there. I joined the Merchant Navy at 20 years old, and moved to the USA with a job offer doing the same work as a marine engineer over there. I now live in Florida, getting ready to retire after 25 years of running a truck and auto repair business and turning it over to my son Jamie, I plan on coming back for a visit late 2010 or maybe early 2011, I would like some cold weather. So tired of this hot humid bullshit year round! I miss the English beer and the pubs.
Ernest Wilson
Sarasota, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 16:05:16 (PDT)
Best friend in Australia, 1966. His name is Billy May . He hailed from Seaham . His wife was named Daphne and they had two sons one named David ( I think). They returned to UK around 1967/8.Have not heard of him since, although have tried to find him. He will be late 70's now. Anyone any info?
Blair Walker
Dundee, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 16:03:42 (PDT)
hi keith our cliff got a computer but doesnt go on much, john in south africa, alan in leicester, vera is in my mams house and me and keith in peterlee. cliff sometimes comes to mine and often go to his. nice to hear from you i shall tell him you have been on guestbook.
dorothy foster
peterlee, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 16:02:25 (PDT)
anyone know what happpened to the Purvis family who lived on the Avenue. Their son Brian I believe was drowned on the Norfolk Broads
john brennan
hong kong, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 16:01:04 (PDT)
Served in 208 Sig Sqn Malaya 1962-65 with two Co Durham brothers, Don and Keith Remmer. Would welcome any news of their whereabouts. Martin 'Scouse' Ratia Sydney, - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 14:18:27 hi martin, my name is geoff and im married to keith and dons neice, im sorry but keith and don both died a while ago,i dont know a lot of them apart from i think keith died at about 48 years old, yours geoff
geoffrey wilson
seaham, - Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 15:59:54 (PDT)
A Message for Norma Witten. I found a friend called Angela Raynish who Parents were friends with our Parents. She has sent me an old photograph of her Mum and DAD and yours. Regards from Ann xx
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point, - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 09:06:22 (PDT)
To Maureen Quinn. Maureen, I remember how close the four of you were at school and I realise how much of a shock the three of you must have had in trying to contact Valerie. Remember the good times with fondness. Keith
keith greener
crook, - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 09:05:19 (PDT)
Hello, Dorothy Baker. Great to hear from you. How is Cliff and the rest of the family? Does Cliff still visit Seaham? Is he on the internet? Keith
keith greener
crook, - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 09:04:16 (PDT)
to tom stringer,its nice to know that there is someone who still remembers my grandad tommy stamp,did you know the rest of the family at all. he had sisters alice and cissy,and brothers david and nan was called maggie,their children were edie, margaret(my mum) and tommy. they lived in swallow steet.carol webb west sussex
carol webb
chichester, - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 09:02:47 (PDT)
Has anyone got group school photographs from Ropery Walk School for the years 1951-56? Also photographs of the women who worked at Seaham Glass Works - my Grandmother, Jane Ann Richardson, used to work there.
Barbara Bentley nee Ball
San Fulgencio, - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 09:01:04 (PDT)
Thank you to Andrea Raynish's relative who told her about my search for her. We are now back in touch after many many years.
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point , - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:59:45 (PDT)
Oops!! I should have typed George Wilkinson my grt.grt. Grandad was born abt. 1826 NOT 1876. Sorry!!!!
Gabby Hayes
- Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:58:44 (PDT)
I am looking for any info on my grt.grt. grandad George Wilkinson who lived in the Durham and Newcastle areas. He was a confectioner and a licensed victualler, in those areas, he was born abt 1876. His father was John Wilkinson and he was a Weaver. George married Ellen Cunningham and they lived in Gateshead at time of marriage in 1854. Family had coalmining and Music Hall connections. Would like to know which public house George had or was it just a Beer House?? Any help much appreciated
Gabby Hayes
Bridlington, - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:57:40 (PDT)
I typed in my place of birth just to see if Seaham or anyone from there was on the Internet. Wow! What a shock! I haven't looked at much yet but what I've seen really looks great. I emigrated to Canada in 1961 at the age of 15 with me Mam and Step Dad Alf Burton. My own father was Gordon Deighton who passed away when I was 13, My Grandparents, on my mother's side, were Elliott's William (Willie) and Polly and we all lived in Dawdon. They were on School Street and we were at 25 Longnewton Street. I went to Dawdon Junior School and then to Seaham Modern Secondary School. We attended St. Hild and St. Helens Church and I went to their Cub pack and Scout Troop. My Uncle Bill Elliott lives Middle Herrington, Sunderland but he used to live in Seaham. I have more happy memories to submit, but this will have to do for now It would be great hearing from anyone who is still related or who remembers after all these years as I haven't been back since 1963 Elliott Deighton
elliott deighton
Mississauga, Ontario - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:55:45 (PDT)
I'm here to say hello to everyone. Glad to join you hear.
Los Angle, - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:53:46 (PDT)
My great grandfather, John Bates Hughes, lived with his wife Mary Louisa at Back Church Street, Seaham Harbour. He was bandmaster of Dawdon Colliery Silver Prize Band. He died in 1931. Does anyone have any information relating to him.
Eileen Poole (
Ballater, Aberdeenshire - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:52:28 (PDT)
I'm trying to get in touch with Irene and Linda, sisters of the late Sandra Barrow who lived at 33 Webb Ave Seaham. I lost contact after Sandra sadly dies and I'd love to be intouch with Irene and Linda again. Irene was married to Michaela and had a son Anthony (I think), Linda too was married. I think there was 3 brothers, one name I remember is Ken. Can anyone help me please?
Leslee Hopper
Reading, - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:49:32 (PDT)
Message for Hilary Sowerby. Thank you so much for your Help. Many years ago Cecilia's parents and my parents were good friends., there was also another couple called Atkinson who had children Norma and Graham.Thanks to this Guestbook, I found Norma and Graham and I wondered where Cecelia was. She may remember me, My name was Ann Pike, my brother was Ian, and my parents lived above the Prudential Office in Church St. If you see her could you please give her my Best Wishes. Regards to Everyone from Ann
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point , - Friday, September 09, 2011 at 08:48:03 (PDT)
anybody got any info about robert watson laws born 1869 died 1922 he had a son john robert watson laws who was my grandfather he lost touch with his mother and sister ? and we have no idea of names etc
alan jones
newport, - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:35:22 (PDT)
Could any one tell me if there is anyone by the names DAVIDSON or FURN that remain in Seaham Harbour or anywhere. My mum and dad were born there and went to the same school. I would like to know if I have any relatives left up ther.
maggie Furn
Deal, - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:33:54 (PDT)
Hi I grew up at 26 Windermere Road, my grandparents lived there and I would spend many happy years with them. I went to Byron Terrace School, for approx 3 years. Nana and Granda were Billy and Kitty (Catherine) Dodds. If anyone remembers them or my Mam Nancy Dodds I'd love to hear from them Carol
Carol Angus nee Swales
Longford , - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:32:35 (PDT)
comments: Jupiter Many years ago, my parents were good friends with Ray and Audrey Raynish, they had a daughter named Andrea and a son named David. Like my parents, Bessie and Eric Pike. I know that Ray and Audrey have passed away I was wondering if Andrea is still living in Seaham. The family used to live in Henry St. My name was Ann Pike and I have a brother called Ian. Regards to all your readers from Ann
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point, - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:31:24 (PDT)
looking for any info on the galley family who lived in chester le street william galley was a colliery labourer he married ellen jane crane and had two children james galley and john galley think there might be more
debbie galley
birmingham, - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:30:06 (PDT)
does anyone know where i can get a copy of the book memories of seaham,i think its now out of date. we lent ours out and it got lost.its got a photo of vane tempest lodge at durham miners gala in which my nana margaret stamp is in,thanks carol webb west sussex.x.
carol webb
chichester, - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:28:38 (PDT)
I am visiting Seaham this Sunday 14th August for a week,and staying with my brother in law Bob Storey. My neice Hilary will also be staying with her son Nicholas. I would just like to say hello to anyone who remembers me.
Ann Gates ne Bowers
Farnham, - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:27:20 (PDT)
To Ann Hanson Cecilia Kennedy still lives in Seaham. Last time I visited she looked well and still attending St.Johns Church
Hilary Sowerby
st.Sampson , - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:26:10 (PDT)
hy carol webb,i knew your grandad well,i used to do his car repairs for him,at bankhead st,motors,real nice man, a true gentleman.
seaham, - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 13:24:58 (PDT)
My name in Maureen Quinn (nee Doughty) some weeks ago I posted on this sight looking for Valerie Cooper, well yesterday we found her but unfortunately she died 2 days ago. I would like to send my condolences to her family. RIP dear friend, Alison, Denise and I will remember you at our reunion.
Maureen Quinn
Wareham, Dorset - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 14:21:09 (PDT)
i would like to know more about the vane tempest collery,this is where me granda worked,he was called tommy stamp,the family left seaham for west sussex late 30's,from carol webb west sussex
carol webb
chichester, - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 14:19:30 (PDT)
Served in 208 Sig Sqn Malaya 1962-65 with two Co Durham brothers, Don and Keith Remmer. Would welcome any news of their whereabouts.
Martin 'Scouse' Ratia
Sydney, - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 14:18:27 (PDT)
hi keith greener just saw your messge this is dorothy baker, cliffs sister how you doing where you at now? our cliff is in morecambe.
dorothy baker
peterlee, - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 14:17:13 (PDT)
Message for Norma Whitten nee Atkinson. Yes my Dad did have a tash, cant believe he has been gone for 34 years.Do you remember the girl who lived near you called Cecilia Kennedy, I wonder where she is now. Hope your daughter has a great time in Brisbane. Keep in touch Love from Ann x ps Where is your brother now
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point, - Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 14:15:40 (PDT)
Hi, went to stain mary magdalens school and then to st bedes. I would like to how people are getting on maiden name Edwards, now live in Staines and Bessiness sue Gartempe in France,
Catherine Squire
Staines, - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 15:13:02 (PDT)
I would love to find 2 sisters who lived with their parents in the houses for the Lifeboat members that are (or were) opposite Bettys Hole at Seaham.Must have been around 1950 and their names were Jennifer and Susan
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Banora Point, - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 15:11:46 (PDT)
I was born in Seaham in 1941 and lived there untill I married my husband David in 1963 and came to live in Bishop Auckland I still have family living in Seaham and visit often .I am pleased to see the work that has been done to regenerate my home town. I went to Seaham Girls Secondary School and worked at Cherry Kmowle Hospital and the Royal Infirmary Sunderland as a nurse until I moved to Bishop Auckland in 1963 I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from my time in Seaham or my time in any of these 2 hospitals
Margaret Denning nee Humes
Bishop Auckland, - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 15:10:32 (PDT)
Excellent forum, one which I will view regularly.
Keith Greener
Crook, - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 15:08:35 (PDT)
Ann-Marie Burns Yes we lived at No81 I remember you and your sister Elizabeth? we were in same class at St Cuthberts and as an 8 year old 1964 got very upset when you moved away Happy days
Simon Hudson
Colwyn Bay, - Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 15:06:47 (PDT)
My name is Maureen Quinn (nee Doughty) and I am looking for Valerie Cooper who lived in Elm Crescent Parkside in the 1960's. I am coming up to Seaham in August and I am hoping to find Valerie for a reunion. I have found Alison Miller and Denise Shaw so if anyone can help I would be very grateful.
Maureen Quinn
Wareham, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:26:50 (PDT)
To Brian Jefferson re Les Bamborough, he got in touch with me today and we shared a lot of memories etc over the phone, he's living in St Helens, Lancashire and his sister Marie is on Parkside Crescent. Thanks for your lead re the 17/19th Hussars route. Looks like another old mate will be in touch shortly as well. Great site this! Cliff
Cliff Clark
Doncaster, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:25:11 (PDT)
To Brian Jefferson re Les Bamborough, he got in touch with me today and we shared a lot of memories etc over the phone, he's living in St Helens, Lancashire and his sister Marie is on Parkside Crescent. Thanks for your lead re the 17/19th Hussars route. Looks like another old mate will be in touch shortly as well. Great site this! Cliff
Cliff Clark
Doncaster, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:23:40 (PDT)
Hello Ed,thank you for your site. I hope Judy Berry got mt e mail. John Laws,i certainly remember your name,would love to hear from you.
Ann H Gates nee Bowers
Farnham, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:22:32 (PDT)
Hi Im trying to look for the Gowans family who are from Seaham. I believe one of the Gowans sons is the director of Drilcorp. Can anyone be of help in contacting them? Thank you
Samantha Leigh
Seaham, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:21:06 (PDT)
Anne-Marie (Burns) Lived there Burden Crescent, went to St Cuthberts primary left in early 1960 to live in Yorkshire. Simon Hudson, did 'nt you live in same street?. Late father Alf Burns, Mother Mary maiden name Hanlon.Both worked at local hospitals. Grandfather Peter Hanlon.. he was well known local artist. School friends Oona, Michael, Brian. I am coming to visit tomorrow, down Lord Byrons Walk to the coast,the rock pools we used to play in as children. Does anyone remember me? I was 8 when I left.
Anne-Marie Green
Hull, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:19:26 (PDT)
Martin dent moved to Gateshead and last time i saw him i think he was living on Durham road best way to contact him would be through gateshead Fell Rugby Club
Graeme Richardson
Kendal, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:17:53 (PDT)
.Anne Hanson nee Pike.I havent been on guestbook for a while but did see your reply.My daughter Vanessa is flying to Brisbane in August to see her brother and hopes to do a 10 K run on arrival i bet her she will never complete it after such a long flight .I can just remember going up your stairs above the PRU office and if my memory serves me well your Dad in my memory had a tash .Norma
norma witten nee atkinson
ellon, aberdeenshire - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:16:49 (PDT)
Hi i would love to ba able to find a very dear friend from my younger days .I used to live in Sunderland and had a best friend from Seaham .. She was named Dorothy Page had an elder brother Bill possibly ' her dad used to be on the Lifeboats .. She married a Harry .. This is going back to 1956/7 .. Anyone have any ideas as to what or where she may be living now .. Many thanks .Joyce
Joyce Malarkey
Watford, - Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:14:47 (PDT)
Hi i would love to ba able to find a very dear friend from my younger days .I used to live in Sunderland and had a best friend from Seaham .. She was named Dorothy Page had an elder brother Bill possibly ' her dad used to be on the Lifeboats .. She married a Harry .. This is going back to 1956/7 .. Anyone have any ideas as to what or where she may be living now .. Many thanks .
Joyce Malarkey
WATFORD, Hertfordshire UK - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 13:12:42 (PDT)
Hi all I had a week back home in good old Seaham last week.The old place is looking good I was really impressed with the new Lifeboat museum I think it will be cracking when its finished That new indian restraunt is rather good too!!.I certainly wont knock the old town BUT please somebody get rid of those speed bumps!!
Simon Hudson (
Colwyn Bay, - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 13:03:59 (PDT)
hi i am looking for an old mate called martin dent i know he move to newcastle area i was told hope u can help
bryan stephenson
dawdon, - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 13:02:44 (PDT)
For the attention of Dr Neil FORSTER MBchB MRCGP I can let you see some photographs of the Places you mention and if the admin in here will pass my Email to you you can get in touch
Don Taylor
seham, - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 13:01:36 (PDT)
G'day, Have tried on two occasions to leave a message on your website and on both occasions it has come too nothing We are trying to contact the REMMER brothers Don and Keith who came from Seaham and served in 208 Comwel Sig Sqn Malaya early 60's. If their is a reason we can't get on your site would appreciate a reply
Ernie Hudson
- Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 12:59:38 (PDT)
We are trying to make contact with the Remmer Brothers Keith/Don came from Seaham...served in 208 Sig Sqn Malaya early 60's...anyone with any info would be appreciated thanks
Ernie Hudson
Perth, Western Australia - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 12:58:22 (PDT)
Hello, Does anyone happen to know or remember a "Stepthen Muir" used to live at 28 Ash Cresent around 92' - 96' with "Renuka Pun" and her son "Bikram". Would be great if I could get into contact with him again!
David Bayliss
Mansfield, - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 14:07:38 (PDT)
I lived in Seaham from birth in1948 until 1973 when I moved to Chester-le-Street
Carol Hamilton
Chester-le Street, - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 14:05:45 (PDT)
FAO KELVYN ALLEN...Remember me...I used to do your paper round for you when you were playing football. I see Sally Swinney also posted 14 April
Duncan Henderson
Seaham, - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 14:04:27 (PDT)
Hello my great great grandfather had a chemist shop on church street in seaham. I wondered if you knew of any photos of church st or the chemist shop, Thanks
Dr Neil Forster MBchB MRCGP
Berwick upon Tweed, - Monday, June 27, 2011 at 14:03:05 (PDT)
Sorry folks we're closing the Guestbook for annual maintainence but keep sending your submissions and they'll be added when we are back again in about 2 weeks.
Ed Mason - Seaham Harbour Online
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, June 04, 2011 at 00:00:32 (PDT)
to all that new or remember harry (H) walker he passed away Tuesday 02/06/2011
Colin Walker
barrow-in-furness, cumbria UK - Friday, June 03, 2011 at 23:57:17 (PDT)
.Found your site while researching family History as my Reay Family go way back in Seaham Harbour to 1841 and Before..Great Grandfather George Sutherland Reay Lived at 10 South Terrace Seaham Harbour... If only he could Have see how far this Beautiful town has come in a Century..Hello to all the People in Seaham Harbour From across the sea in Ausrtalia...
June Kennard
Dennington, - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 15:24:21 (PDT)
Hi, I'm trying to trace family of Dr Wear from Seaham Harbour. He married my cousin Ann Carr, also from Seaham Harbour. When Dr Wear retired they moved to Scotland. After that I lost touch. Would be great if anyone has any information. Thanks Hazel
Hazel O'Donnell
Murton, - Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 15:22:13 (PDT)
My name is Maureen Poole, used to be Fletcher, moved from Seaham in 1954. My parents owned the shop in Byron Terrace and i went to Byron Terrace school. I had a brother Eric and a sister Dorothy. I would like to trace the whereabouts of 'Billy' and 'Jean Todd' who were good friends of ours. Jean who was a friend of my sisters would be about 64 now and Billy would be about 70 years of age. He was a particular friend of my brother Eric who sadly passed away in 1993. They moved from Byron Terrace to Murton in the early fifties and then we moved to Brentwood, we kept in touch for a while but not had any contact with them since. I will be very pleased if anyone out there can give me any information about them.
Maureen Poole
Brentwood, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 14:04:12 (PDT)
@ Sally Swinney. Hello Sally, Dave Proctor here, dont know if you rememmber me, used to live next to you in Grantham Ave. Like you I�m living in Germany, would love to get in touch, drop me a line.
Dave Proctor
Erkelenz, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 14:01:47 (PDT)
For Sally Swinney:--- Hallo Sally, dont know if you remmember me, used to live next door but one, in Grantham Ave. Like you, I�m living in good old Germany. Drop me a line if you feel like it, hope to hear from you soon, Dave Proctor
Dave Proctor
Erkelenz, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 13:59:09 (PDT)
or Lesley Gray Pilot houses was near the Bottle Makers Arms. That is near to where Robert Street & Robert Street is now
Ernie Taylor
Deneside,Seaham, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 13:57:56 (PDT)
a really good site, very helpful and informative about Seaham and the surrounding areas. Cannot wait to visit soon...
James Small
London, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 13:56:16 (PDT)
Hi to all in Seaham anyone out there remember me from the Sis 1960 ish to 1964.Worked at Chaytors butchers then,Then the Knack for training,Dawdon colliery, and then left to join the Royal Navy.
John Alfred Spencer
Portsmouth, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 13:50:28 (PDT)
"For the Attention of Mark Kennedy. sorry for the late reply just heard about it from my sister.can not e mail you don't have it
lesley gray
swadlincote, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 13:49:12 (PDT)
I think my father (Eric Armstrong) has also emailed regarding "Alma" from Vancouver. My parents really would be keen to re-establish contact after so many years, so if you can help at all we would be most grateful.
Sarah Armstrong
- Monday, May 23, 2011 at 13:46:46 (PDT)
FTAO Malcolm Russel ... I remember the Mcloughlin sisters and Carol Ward ... Carol in particular ... all the lads in the Hill street Union Street area were madly in lust with her. Another girl in the same clique and almost as pretty as Carol was Glynis Greenwood.
Ray Scollen
Driffield, - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 13:44:23 (PDT)
ALMA (NORTH VANCOUVER) was onsite on October 7th. 2010 enquiring about my whereabouts. I would love to get in touch again after about 60 years of not communicating. Fingers crossed. Elsie Armstrong (nee JEFFRESS)
Elsie Armstrong (JEFFRESS)
GUISBOROUGH, - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:06:03 (PDT)
Hi to all family and friends hope all the good work is still going on to my home town
Christine Proctor
Hallam, Victoria - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:03:48 (PDT)
Trying to make contact with ex schoolmates and football teamates from Seaham grammar tech school 1966-1973 and seaham boys and durham county football teams over the same period.
kelvyn Allen
Durham, - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:02:37 (PDT)
Wesley Youth Club - Tempest Road 1960s. Can anyone remember any of these girls from Dawdon, Gracie Dillarstone, Christine Metcalf, Pauline and Cathy McLoughlin and Carol Ward of Vincent St.
Malcolm Russell
Hetton, - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:01:27 (PDT)
,kerry rochester,,,,,,, bill was my mothers eldest bro,, he had a few sisters,i vaguely remember his youngest,son was a billy,,&that ,one girl , my cousin grace, was killed in an accdent at peterlee,,i stayed at willouby lane tottenham when i was around 14,about 1946/ 47 at cousin jacks,, a holiday to celebrate end of war, only other memories i have of the family are that a son died about end of war called haley,,i think, ron masters,,stevenage
stevenage, - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 14:00:16 (PDT)
i cant believe ive found this web sight i had friends iv seaham in the 60s they were the williams family,and i think they lived in a council house the father was jack,mother i think was betty,and a daughter, who married a soldier in the acc. i think they lived in dean end . i had many nice leaves with them when i was in the r,a.s.c. i was also there when the lifeboat was lost . i also have a l.p. with a song on it about the loss of the boat. i just loe your accent, its like singing.
les birks
jetzendorf/eck, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:56:48 (PDT)
Have been doing family history of Percy and Morrish both lived in Seaham ,i have go t as far as 1801 ,any help i can give or be given to me would be great . Noreen
noreen watson
ilkley, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:54:48 (PDT)
Looking for Bob Wake living at Dawdon if any one know,s him can they tell him his old marra Johnny is looking for him thank you.
john young
sunderland, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:53:42 (PDT)
A Royal Wedding Friday, Twenty-ninth of April, Two thousand and eleven. We witnessed a marriage joyfully consecrated in heaven. Bridal lace, vial and tiara adorn with wondrous dignity Great British pageant of prestige, pomp and majesty. Kate manoeuvres our future King into checkmate. The peal of wedding bells beneath the abbey�s slate. Two unions in reality-one for Prince William and Catherine The other union our monarchy and her sovereign. Edward Ryles
edward ryles
seaham harbour, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:50:04 (PDT)
looking for a Paul Wright, born 1971. Back in school there were 2 of them. The guy I'm looking for lived in deneside & were mates with me, Chris & john. Not seen him on FB. Nice to see some the area regenerated since leaving there 4 years ago
Chris Norman
Bickershaw, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:48:26 (PDT)
Wow, talk about a blast from the past, I was born in Seaham in 1941, I used to dive and swim in the inner harbor, My father was a lifeboatman and we used to go down to the slip when the lifeboat would go out for exercises, I wonder if anyone would have any records of that period, we used to live on the main street going to Dawdon, I remember a large school across the road from our house that got hit during the Blitz in about 1944 or 45, also remember a cable bridge accross a large ravine? Great site, thanks for the memories.
Stan Pyne
Toronto, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:46:02 (PDT)
Hello all in Seaham I was looking for info of my dad in the Navy and stumbled upon this page. My dad was John Thomas Rochester (known as Jack) and was born in 1919 in Seaham. He lived in Dawdon Cres and is the person referred to affectionately by a number of posters in 2007. My nan ran the betting shop in the cut that led to the chippy at the top and the Dawdon Hotel at the bottom. My uncle lived at 24 Fox St (William or Bill as he is known). I have some great memories of Seaham and remember Tony, who was married to Avril and my aunts Ada and Nora. My cousins dad (my dad's brother) lived in Willoughby Lane Tottenham as referred to by another poster. Wishing everyone in the area the best. Kerry Rochester (Son of Jack)
Kerry Rochester
Cockfosters, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:44:33 (PDT)
for the attention of elizabeth bowsfield, william hailes sister was my aunty, i am named after her,iwas very friendly to bill as he came to live in peterlee so i maybe able to let you know about him.
dorothy foster
peterlee,, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:42:44 (PDT)
Does anyone know of a man named David Anderson who lives in Norfolk Close in Seaham. In the 1950s, I went to a Sunday School camp in North Yorkshire and Davis was in our Group of friends.If anyone knows him, could they please ask him if he is the same David Anderson. He used to live on The Avenue in Deneside. I would be so grateful for any help.
Ann Hansen
Banora Point, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:40:42 (PDT)
Hello Cyril Roberts,I remember you & Derek Grady from Cubs camping in Spennymoor during the 30's.You were both in the cubs with my brother Larry. It was Page Bank.Regards to you both Eileen
Eileen Nutman (Scollen)
Long Beach, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:39:12 (PDT)
I have a family surname smith. Henry smith born 1838 he had a son henry smith who in 1901 census married hilda from the isle of wight can anyone help me they came from easington/seaham harbour. I believe the second henry was a seaman in 1901
Tracey Baddeley
scunthorpe, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:36:34 (PDT)
Hello Cyril Roberts,I remember you & Derek Grady from Cubs camping in Spennymoor during the 30's.You were both in the cubs with my brother Larry. It was Page Bank.Regards to you both Eileen
Eileen Nutman (Scollen)
Long Beach, California USA - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:34:00 (PDT)
for the attention of Elizabeth Bowsfield in Whitehaven your fathers parents were Elizabeth and Richard Hailes although all his life Richard was called Dick, my father Roger Roberts was your grandmothers brother therefore your grans maiden name was Elizabeth Roberts,the Roberts family was as follows:- Annie Roberts married David Balfour lived in Seaham Edward " " Millie ? " " Easington John " " Dorothy ? " " dawdon Thomas " " ? ? " " " Elizabeth " " Richard Hailes " " Seaham Eliza " " Robert Swan " " Seaham Roger " " Catherine McGarry " " Seaham hope this info assists.
Cyril Roberts
Ryhope-Sunderland, - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:28:14 (PDT)
trying to locate an old friend of mine, Derek Grady he attended St. Mary Magdelines school Seaham Harbour 1930-1936.transferred to St. Josephs school 1936-1939. Served an engineering apprenticeship at George Clarks on the wear from 1941-1946,he volunteered for a company project to work for them in South Africa he was accepted, from that time we lost contact with each other, if anyone has any info that may help please let me know.
Cyril Roberts
Ryhope, Sunderland UK - Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12:09:57 (PDT)
To Betty Wharin. How has life been treating you these past 60 years?
Harry Dawson
Grange Town, Sunderland UK - Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12:07:23 (PDT)
lesley gray, you asked about Pilot Houses. Drop me an e-mail, my family lived in the Pilot Houses back in 1841
Mark Kennedy
Moscow, - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 13:41:55 (PDT)
Hello,I would love to get in touch with old friends,my name is Sally Swinney and living presently in hamburg,Used to go to Deneside and then Northlea.I am 54 years of age and that is the truth.Love to here from you all
Sally Swinney (
Hamburg, - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 13:40:02 (PDT)
So sorry to hear of the death of Leslie Hood, a really fine teacher. I had only just got in touch with him a few months ago and am pleased that I received a nice long letter from him about days at Seaham Modern School.
Victor Brown
Louth, - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 13:38:54 (PDT)
for danny hogwood and peter dixon who both where neighbours in the wydback lovely hearing from you regading the jazz band best days of our lives,the swans my mam and mary where good friends also dannys mam and dad ,peter your family lived right next door to me you where posh lol,loved hearing about those days we should have a get together for all the wydbackers lets do it
denise dixon
alnwick, - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 13:37:44 (PDT)
to cliff Clark, Les Bamborough, served with me in the 15/19 th Hussars,along with several Seaham Lads. Can be found on 15/19th the Kings Royal Hussars Facebook page.
Brian Jefferson
Catterick, - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 13:36:14 (PDT)
for Anne Stavrou, I can remember the names you mentioned. I sometimes still see Julie Heron. There was also Julie Haswell, Lyn Patten, Carol Partridge, Christine Robinson, Kathleen Doyle, Margaret Sharpe, Shirley Taylor, Bryan Dobson, Les Smith, Ken Metcalf (who's brother I married). They were the best school years of my life.
Liz Metcalf
Seaham, - Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 13:35:07 (PDT)
Looking for an old friend live,s at Dawdon Bob Wake any information please.
john young
sunderland, - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 10:39:27 (PDT)
Dear editor and "The Waltons" Thanks very much for the results I have had from the publishing of a little note on the site. I have been able to confirm a previously paper only family history link which has not only tied a number of loose ends in my research but also put me in touch with uncles 1x removed and 2nd cousins that I didn't know I had thanks again to the Seaham Harbour Guest book
Bob Walton
Bolton, - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 10:37:39 (PDT)
Rev. Leslie hood died on Sunday March 27th. 2011 I thought evryone would like to know this. He died peacefully in bed with his praybook in his hand. He was well knone as a teacher and local preacher. He told many stories of being shot down and hidden by the French underground. Jim Shaw (Brother in law.)
Peterlee, - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 10:35:56 (PDT)
hi all i was born in eastlea or westlea 1947 my name was elizabeth hailes, then dad was william hailes grandparents were elizabeth and i think thomas father worked at vain tempest and had a sister called dolly. mam {betty nee alexander] & dad split up and i moved with mum back to south shields dad went to africa to work for awhile early 50s have i any relations still in seaham or if any one can give me imfo it would greatly be recieved
elizabeth bowsfield
whitehaven, - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 10:34:35 (PDT)
STUART MARWOOD: Great to hear from you and you are right the headmaster was Mr Wilkinson, always imaculate in his suits and brogues.What I can remember is that he wasnt a very big./.tall man but he sure could use the cane.It whistled through the air as he brought it down.. usually from behind. Back to you..I remeber you and Brian Cross. Grievsey, Alan Little and Grahame (GINGER) Parker always being together and like I mentioned before..never any trouble in class or in the yard...can you remeber the day trip we had to York.....the museum, the railway museum, what about swimming lesson s with Mrs Murrish. A few more names Robert best mate (6-10 YEARS OLD). Julie Herron, the original Peter Pan...shes never changed. Anyway as for me after many years working in Greece and Cyprus I decided to let someone make an honest woman out of me and settled here. Anne Robinson Stavrou
anne stavrou
LIMASSOL, - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 10:33:04 (PDT)
For the attn of Elizabeth Smith from Burnham on Sea My sister in law lives in Melrose Crescent they have been there a very long time her name is Patsy and her husband is Leo Groark they live No 23 they had 2 sons Kevin and Michael. Great site this. Regards Maureen Rafferty
farnborough, - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 15:58:50 (PDT)
does any one have information on where the pilot houses were in dawdon seaham
lesley gray
derby, - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 15:57:27 (PDT)
Really Nice Site. Very Helpful! Regards
D V Madely
Amsterdam, - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 15:53:35 (PDT)
Anne Stavrou (Robinson) What a blast from the past. Cyprus eh? What crimes you commit to end up in such a far flung place? I too was in Mr Braddock's class. Great times and what a gentleman. Can you remember the teachers next door, Mr Stockdale on one side and Mr McNee on the other. Sadly, none of them with us now but great characters. Other names you mention such as Colin Dougherty, Colin Grieves, both good friends of mine and Rona Softley, I still see them from time-to-time. Alan Little I havn't seen since we left Deneside School but Shona sadly passed away a number of years ago. One name I can't remember and that was the name of our headmaster. I believe Mr Waugh took over just before we left in 1970. Was it something like Wilkinson or Wilkes? Anyway, pleased you are doing so well. Take care. Stewart Marwood.
Stewart Marwood
Seaham, - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 15:52:00 (PDT)
For the attention of Betty Davison. My name is Harry Dawson. I was in your circle of friends over 60 years ago. Others in the group were Ella, June, Vera & Colin. We spent a lot of time riding our bikes in those days.well there were no computers or t.v back then to entrtain us.Many happy memories. Harry Dawson Grangetown.
Harry Dawson
Sunderland, - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 15:50:15 (PDT)
hi there can anyone help me find my wife twin sisters who live in seaham,they were called robyn and chelsea atkinson aged 19 ,my wife is linzi any help would be great,there mam is susan ,thanks+
ted armstrong
south shields, - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 15:48:53 (PDT)
Hi Anne, I can remember you and the names you mentioned. I was in Mr Braddocks class as well, we were in the prefabs, which are no longer there now. I don't know if you know, but Shona died when she was about 35.It would be nice to know how everyone is getting on now. I actually live right beside the school, there is only the fence that separates my back garden from the school field. I can also remember sports day, I was in the yellow team. People say your school days are the best days of your life, they were most certainly mine. It's great to hear from someone who remembers you from your school days. Hope to hear from you soon, take care. Liz xx
Liz Metcalf
Seaham, - Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 15:46:37 (PDT)
Sorry folks we're carrying out maintainence during the next couple of weeks BUT keep sending in your submissions and they'll be published as soon as we are back to normal.
Ed Mason (Seaham Harbour Online)
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 22:11:50 (PST)
Sorry folks we're carrying out maintainence during the next couple of weeks BUT keep sending in your submissions and they'll be published as soon as we are back to normal.
Ed Mason (Seaham Harbour Online)
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 22:11:32 (PST)
For Liz Metcalf: dear Liz like her on the telly..Robinson. i remember you because you were so quiet and had a red and grey cardigan exactly like the one I had. You know looking back I cant remember anyone really being out of order at school/in the class (I think i am sounding like my grandma now) although i remember getting the ruler over the back of my hand for staying out on the school field after the lunch break with Brian Jones and Colin Doucherty to build an igloo.Iloved every minute of school Christmas party,Tufty Club, Harvest Festival,sports day..I was in the blue was usually the yellow team who won. Can you remember stuart Marwood, Alan Little,Colin Grieves.Shona Edwards, Rona Softly.Last year of Deneside I was in Class 2 Harry Braddock was my teacher.....great man . Anne Stavrou (Robinson)
anne stavrou
LIMASSOL, CYPRUS - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 14:40:05 (PST)
FAO Bob Walton. My cousin has passed on details of this site to me. My name is Julie Spence (nee Walton). My dad is John Walton, son of William Laverick Walton. My dad is married to Joyce (nee Richardson), I have a brother Ian. Hope this helps your family tree search!!
Julie Spence
Hartlepool, Cleveland UK - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 14:38:23 (PST)
I'm trying to trace my family on my Dad's side. My Grandmother lived in Daphne Crescent which I know is no longer there. Her name was Mary. I also have an uncle David and aunt Jenny who lived or still live in Seaham. My Father's name was George Maitland. I have cousins in Seaham too. It would be nice to connect and contact.
Alison Ann Maitland
Sherburn Hill, Durham UK - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 14:20:09 (PST)
I'm trying to trace my family on my Dad's side. My Grandmother lived in Daphne Crescent which I know is no longer there. Her name was Mary. I also have an uncle David and aunt Jenny who lived or still live in Seaham. My Father's name was George Maitland. I have cousins in Seaham too. It would be nice to connect and contact.
Alison Ann Maitland
Sherburn Hill, Durham UK - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 14:20:09 (PST)
Hi Hope everyone is keeping well. I born in Malborough street 1954. Elizabeth Charlton.have Sister's Susan and Tina, Brothers Robert and Steven. my Mother Betty Charlton Was Married to Robert Harrison Charlton. Then Changed hr name to Betty Wood married Gordon Wood lives in westlea. They have been going and still do go to the Nack Club for at least 55 years. I Went to Byron Terrace 1959 - 1965 then SMS 1965 - 1969. Worked at Murley's Bakery in church Street on leaving School then Harold Hutchingsons Jewelers still church street. then Plessy Telecomunications Pallion, worked in grangetown a year after that.Worked at Comrades Club silksworth. Worked for Sally and Pat Foley lovely people. They moved to the Nack club Seaham around 1974. They had Daughters Ann Sheila and Sarah. Lived in Melrose Cresant 1959 - 1965 then Eastlea Road up by the nack club number 53 from 1965 till we moved to Westlea Windsor road lived next to mr and mr Mercer and there son Billy and I think a daughter also. Married a Ryhope Lad changing my name to Taylor Had my Children Angela, Stuart,lived in Silksworth for 3 year then came back to Seaham lived in westlea Top end watling Avenue where Tracey was born my youngest Dauhter from 1975 to 1990. Worked at The Nack Club from 1976 to 1982 had some realy great friends who I pray are all still fit and well. I did Photography and had Exhibitions in Seaham Library and St Johns Church Seaham church Street, Also at Easington. The Easing district Council have some of my photo's as I was trying to give Idea's To people to bring Seaham out of the sad state it was in, after the mines closed giving people insite to a new future by introdicing tourisam to our beautiful coastline. Also remind everyone about how beautiful our historic town is. Davy Guy the NUM Offical of the NCB bought Photo's from me for the Archives as I took lots of photographs of the demolition of the Coal mines which was such a very moving sad sight. Also Durham city was interested in My work so hence they have some to. I have wonderful beautiful photo's of the docks the churchs, coast, Dalton -le - Dale, Sunsets,Parks one Photograph of the Docks still hangs in the W & A Brooks wet fish shop in Church Street Seaham.I have had Postcards that Foggins sold in the 1990'S I have a passion for Photography. What made it special was the fact that I was born and breed in Seaham. I Love the town and people, I have very fond memories of Seaham some of the Family and dear friends still live there, no matter what anyone says about Seaham, Its the people in the town that makes it wonderful. Kind regards lots of hugs to people who remember me God Bless you all love Liz Smith nee Taylor nee Charlton.
Elizabeth Smith
Burnham on sea, somerset UK - Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 14:17:38 (PST)
FAO Carol Ruecroft and Sue Stubs wow thank you so much for your comments and information I would really like to contact you direct to hopefully confirm or otherwise the links that I have made - I have sent an e-mail to the editor asking him to pass on my details to you.
Bob Walton
Bolton, - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 02:50:45 (PST)
For Karen(Banks)Mcmonagle, there are still people around who knew the family. I have actually poosted this information for you previously, but it was obviously missed. One of Brenda's sisters, Lilian married my Uncle Richard (Dick) Edward Punshon. They are both still about, although divorced,and Dick remarried, but I'm sure Uncle Dick would pass on any email or address you wanted to provide. The editor has my email should you wish to make contact. Richard Thorpe
richard thorpe
seaham, - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 02:48:28 (PST)
Hi Jim Dugan, thanks for the update re les Bamborough ex Parkside lad, if you still have his telephone number can you let him know some old mates would like to get in touch?
Cliff Clark
Doncaster, - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 02:46:51 (PST)
I am looking for info as to the origins of the house that once belonged to the late Arthur Brown(farmer/milkman/councillor).Seaview House as it is known,when I was small I often got sent there for a pint of milk after the shops had closed.aybe my bro-in-law wor` Tom Moreland can help?
C McDowell
Seaham, - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 02:45:23 (PST)
I am wondering if anyone remembers George Gleghorn Robson (died 1971) or any of his sons Joseph, Bernard J or George Bowman Robson who died 1978 or any of George Bowman Robsons children George or Margaret Patricia Robson. George Gleghorn Robson was my grandmothers (Margaret) brother. I am doing family tree research and looking for any information. Thank you. Debbie
Debbie Jesse
Calgary, Alberta - Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 02:42:59 (PST)
o Ian Lauder, re your query about my Mum and Dad Doreen and Jim Clark. Give me a call on
Cliff Clark
Doncaster, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:38:52 (PST)
To John Laverick, Do you have a sister Valerie? as I was very friendly with her in the 60s, The Laverick family lived in South Railway St at the time. I lived in Tyne St. Anna
Anna Chilvers (McIntosh)
King's Lynn, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:36:54 (PST)
My name before marriage was Betty Davison, I lived in 29 Rainton Street,Dawdon I went to Camden Square Secondary, I would love to get in touch with school friends
Betty Wharin
Market Drayton, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:35:55 (PST)
For the attention of Catherine Taylor. I am sorry to report that all the archives relating to the Shakespeare and Garrett Lodges were shredded when the RAOB club was extended during the 1970s. If there is any general information that I can help you with please contact me via my email address which the site administrators can provide you with. Regards Tom
Tom Moreland
London, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:34:35 (PST)
ref to karen banks im a distant relative to you ithink-- my dad was your mams cousin my nanna was alucy banks i remmember when your mam died it was christmas time if my memmorys correct my sister lucy might know more about the banks family
eileen kirtley
seaham, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:33:09 (PST)
My mother was born in Seaham Harbour 10th April , 1911, her name was Martha Jane Vincent she had sisters Bella , Florrie,Hannah, Margaret, Marjorie and one brother Jimmy Does anybody no the family
linda scrutton
Stanmore, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:32:03 (PST)
SEAHAM, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:31:00 (PST)
To Elizabeth Fairns I have seen you are looking for linda appleby (married name Lavery). I am her youngest son peter lavery if you can send a number or contact details I will gladly pass them on.
peter lavery
seaham, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:29:26 (PST)
FAO Bob Walton - I am Carol Anne Ruecroft, daughter of Stan and Marjorie Walton. My Uncles are John and Leslie. You have found us !!!!!!
Carol Ruecroft
Peterlee, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:27:50 (PST)
To Bob Walton. Mary Emma Bell was William Laverick Walton's second wife. His first wife was Margaret Davis Lamb and she died 24th December 1934. They had 2 children William Davis Walton and Irene Walton.Irene,John,Stanley and Leslie are still alive,and with the exception of Leslie, live in the North East. Your grandfather also had another brother-John, who died very young and 3 sisters, Annie,Elizabeth and Ella.Hope this helps.
Sue Stubbs
Seaham, - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 15:26:52 (PST)
I am trying to locate a Shirley Dobson (married to Alan Dobson) shirley was born Shirley Edwards in Hartlepool and moved to Seaham, can anyone help
angie wilcox
hartlepool, - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:57:13 (PST)
Hi to M Howarth, thanks for your message. That is indeed Samuel George Hart married to jane Hood who later appears on the census as a widow living with her children. After extensive research though I still have not been able to find a date or cause of his death nor am I able to find out anything about his father who was George Hart. Can anyone help ? Thanks
Gill Wilton
Melton Constable, - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:55:45 (PST)
To Michael Dingwall Ref: Dingwall, Sumpter, Murphy. Michael please send me a e-mail
Kevin Murphy
Harwich, - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:54:10 (PST)
Just spent a weekend researching with a visit to Seaham Library and found further information which may bring me someone still around in Seaham. I think I'm on the right lines one of my grandfather's (Robert Walton) brothers appears to be a William Laverick Walton who married a Mary Emma Bell in 1935 they had they had 2 son's John 1937 Stanley 1945 and Leslie 1948. Stanley married a Marjorie Hall in 1967 and they had a daughter Carol Anne in 1967 some of these could wel be still in Seaham and if anyone knows of them I'd appreciate any information they may have.
Bob Walton
Bolton, - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:52:52 (PST)
.to vi carr nee tinkler. I am karen you asked about me.I am the daughter of Brenda Banks
werribee, - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:51:24 (PST)
someone is looking for me....i am karen,was a daughter of brenda banks but unfortunatly she was killed in a tragic accident when i was 5 years old.please contact me if you are my family.
karen (banks)
werribee, victoria australia - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:50:08 (PST)
Hello Michael Dingwall, you can bet your boots I want to make contact with you, you are quite right my crazy uncle Tommy, ex Japanese prisoner of war. my mothers youngest brother,
Patrick Murphy
Vereeniging, Guateng South Africa - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:48:20 (PST)
Great site
Christine Fincham
Newtown, Powys - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:46:24 (PST)
keith barrow john plested hear ref freda townsend very glad she is still around that must be brian thats with her 57 winsor road i think if so willdrop her a line
ohn plested
bury st edmunds, - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:45:02 (PST)
dear person in there a problem receiving comments from foreign lands. this is my 6th attempt to reply to John Walsh and elizabeth stoker. Nothing ever appears. and yes John I have a school photo circa 1969/ and I can name every one on it.. those were the days.loved every minute at Deneside infants/juniors.Would love to hear more from MY GENERATION.. Anne Stavrou Cyprus.
anne stavrou
LIMASSOL, - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:43:51 (PST)
enjoyed seeing lots of names brought back memories when i lived in seaham i was then dorothy baker, lived at deneside
dorothy foster
peterlee, - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 15:41:27 (PST)
Dennis Gale
st.neots, Cambridgeshire UK - Monday, February 14, 2011 at 01:00:24 (PST)
to Cliff Clark, Doncaster.Les was living at St.Helens, but that was 3yrs. ago since I last spoke to him. J.D
jim dugan
seaham, - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 15:06:14 (PST)
Are you a friend of Fred Baron?I think I remember you from the late 40's.
Eileen (Scollen)Nutman
Long Beach, California - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 15:05:06 (PST)
For the attention of Catherine Taylor. Thanks Eric, I know I am getting on, but even Michael Thorpe (the oldest member of the Shakespeare Lodge) would not remember the 1920s. I am sure that the archive records of the Shakespeare Lodge were destroyed when they left the RAOB club and amalgamated with the GP Rudkin Lodge in the Navy Club. I will be at the lodge in the next couple of weeks, will make enquiries and let you know. Best wishes Tom
Tom Moreland
London, - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 15:03:29 (PST)
Hi, I'm trying to get back in contact with my cousin Doreen Clark (mum and dad Jim & Dot) who I last saw on one of my infrequent visits to Seaham back in the early 70's. She would be aged in the early 50's by now. I think the family lived in Parkside Crescent. I think she worked at one time for the Durham Fire Service. I'm not sure if she still lives in Seaham or surrounding area, but I know she had a younger sister and brother, Kathleen and Jim. I'm trying to sort out my family tree (my dad Bob Lauder was born in Seaham in 1923 and Doreens father was his half brother). If anyone is able to pass on this message to her I would be eternally grateful. Many Thanks. Ian Lauder
Ian Lauder
Rustington, West Sussex - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 15:01:44 (PST)
for brian short stephen morris- I have just been speaking to my sister in law hannah goodson. she told me you where trying to locate tim smith who lived in the wine shop at westlea. I met tim & his wife last year at the car show at ryhope pumping station. I recognised him straight away he has hardly changed looks just the same as he did 20yrs ago! I used to go out with his sister joanne and he used to give me a lift home sometimes in that fancy custom car he had. I had a cup of tea and a chat with them. he dosnt have fish shops any more he had just sold the last one and was looking for premises to start up a new shop selling antiques. He reeled off a list of cars that he owns but no longer has the custom car I remember him having. they where living just outside of jedburgh but where waiting for work to finish on a house somewhere else before moving there in time for xmas. his dad has died but his mum is still living in jedburgh as is joanne. he said he hadnt been back to the area for years and was going to have a drive around seaham to see how much it had changed. they had been at a wedding in hartlepool and seen a sign for the show so decided to pop in on there way home. it was fun meeting him after all those years i gave him my email to pass on to joanne but havent heard anything from her yet. cheers shaun
Shaun Davidson
Sunderland, - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 14:59:45 (PST)
fao Bob Walton, Laverick is a very common North East name, however as far as I can remember growing up in the 60's and 70's in Seaham there were only two family's of Lavericks and we were both related to each other, obviously with kids and grandkids there are a lot more Lavericks in Seaham now but It's a fair bet if the lady you are looking for is from Seaham we would be related in some way. Unfortunately I am pretty bobbins when it comes to family history. If you would like any info that I do have, you will find me on facebook, I'm the only Laverick on facebook in Bolton, failing that I'm also the only Laverick in the phone book in Bolton. Regards John
John Laverick
Bolton, - Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 14:57:42 (PST)
Hi I would love to get in contact with Linda Appleby who when she was young lived in Malvern maiden name was Elizabeth McGee ...she would be 64 this year...have not seen her since we moved to Scotland in 1958
Elizabeth Fairns
Renfrew, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:19:44 (PST)
Hi, I have just revisited this site after a period of approx 3 years and reading back as far as 2009 I noticed there was a lady by the name of Linda Ashett who was interested in finding family. I am a friend of Gwen Morton nee Ashett if you have still not found anyone maybe I can pass on a message for you.
Jan Canning nee Moreland
Seaham, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:18:38 (PST)
Mick Smith,For your information,the Brosely Estate was so called because it was built by a firm of builders called Brosely!
tom kennedy
Seaham, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:17:28 (PST)
My name is Bob Walton and am currently researching family history I believe my GR GR Grandfather was a John G Walton born Oct 1860 and married a Jane Laverick in Aug 1844 he died in 1914 and Jane in 1948. anyone in Seaham has any information on the family I would appreciate they contact me. Could the recent contribution from a John Laverick in Bolton be any relation to Jane?
Bob Walton
Bolton, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:16:00 (PST)
re townsend ,i live on the same estate as mrs townsend contact me for more info keith
k barrow
seaham, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:14:45 (PST)
Hi my name is Bob Walton and am currently searching my familiy history. I believe my grandfather Robert Walton originated from Seaham. His father was John George walton bn 8/9/1862 married a Jane Laverick on 14/8/1884 and died 9/10/1914 Jane died 16/5.1948 at the Lawns Seaham. I believe John's father was a Robert Walton bn in Wolsingham and married an Elizabeth Thornton 31/12/1857. If their is anyone reading this page with any recollection or information of any of the above I would be grateful to hear from them.
Bob Walton
Bolton, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:13:10 (PST)
For Brian Short. Hi Brian, its Hannah. We popped up to the caravan after the bad weather to check it out and called into the tourist info centre. Jo wasnt working that day so spoke to a lady called Jackie,she said that Tim lives just outside Jedburgh and often calls into the center to run Jo home. Her daughter is friends with one of Tims daughters. She said she would speak to Tim and tell him about the "guestbook" She also said that your more than welcome to phone the Tourist centre to speak to her or Jo. Hope this helps in your search. regards Hannah
Hannah Goodson
Seaham, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:11:48 (PST)
mick smith France -Plain and simple Mick it was built by Brosley Homes..The correct name is Manor Park Easte and I lived at Middleton Close which was at the entrance of the Estate,which as you will know is over the road from Seaton Stores.I'm originally from Murton and only lived there for 3 years to the month before moving to Easington Village..One advantage of living on the "Brosley Estate"( as it was known locally) was that the Rates were in the Seaton & Slingley Rates,even though Seaton Village is on the west side of the bridge over the A19..On the downside I remember from my short time there the smell from the Food Factory on the Industrial Estate behind it ,which makes garlic breads and can be smelled as far away as Northlea when the wind is blowing that way.The other downer was the traffic at Seaham Lodge Garage which backs up on a morning and around 4-5 pm,and still catches me out as I play golf at Copt Hill Golf Club and return home that way.As I was only there 3 years the only people I can remember was the Policeman and his wife who lived next door( Steve & Sue ) and a friend from Murton called John Watson who still lives at the back of the Estate..:-) Regards.
Keith Mullen
Easington, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:10:32 (PST)
re freda townsend.she lives in windsor road westlea seaham.with her oldest son.if you want any more info contact me via website
keith barrow
seaham, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:08:33 (PST)
(LIZ METCALF) Hello Liz,do you have any school photo's ?
John walsh
St.Blazey, Cornwall - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:07:38 (PST)
f.a.o. keith mullen i have sent number to ed mason who can pass it on to you its funny how things turn up from the past my friend i met on here from stevenage i knew his wife and her family from murton we all lived in the same street same as kathleen jaqeuline and maxine and there grandparents 4 doors away hope you find what happened to her
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:06:10 (PST)
TO Catherine Taylor, What information are you after the best lad I can think of for details of the Lodge is Tom Moreland and he will might be reading this message.
seaham, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:04:42 (PST)
To Mike Smith. The Brosley estate was named after the builder who erected the houses.Hows the old map of seaham; is it still readable.
eric leighton
seaham, - Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 14:03:05 (PST)
Keith Mullen - 'The Brosley Estate' Tell me more? Why was it called that; I knew a few names from there in the seventies. Wilson, Dobson, Marlborough...
micksmith (
France - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:15:35 (PST)
Hi Linda, I'm John Laverick who served in 24th Infantry Bde with your brother, However I don't reckonise your surname? Your'e not Eddie dunns sister are you
John Laverick
Bolton, - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:14:01 (PST)
Hi regards to John Plesed looking for info on Freda Townsend who is my cousin...when I was young we called her Aunt Freda although she was a cousin she was about 18 years older than me and I am 63 years old...I also do not know her whereabouts as we moved to Scotland but my cousin Alec Swann may know he is on Facebook you could send him a private message Freda was divorced from Jack Townsend and remarried one of the Henry brothers who had shops in Seaham (I think). Hope this helps you. Liz Fairns (formerly McGee)
Liz Fairns
Renfrew, - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:12:59 (PST)
Hi Val sorry to hear about Simon he was only a baby when we left seaham, amanda and jonathan remember Paul well and send their love
Hilary Sowerby
Guernsey, - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:10:56 (PST)
Many thanks Lorna and look forward to any news...A few people wondered what happened to Kathleen on Friends Re-United and she was mentioned on a thread on Facebook about Murton, and I also knew her well from the Photography Club that Mr Scott ran...
Keith Mullen
Easington, - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:09:23 (PST)
Re John Walsh. Your name seems familiar, but I can't remember you being in the same class as me. I used to live in Exeter Avenue. I can remember some of the people who were in the same class as me. There was Sharon Cross, Marion Whittington, Shirley Taylor, Margaret Sharpe, Bryan Dobson, Colin Doughty, Stewart Marwood, Kathleen Doyle, Carol Partridge, Anne Robertson. Liz Metcalf (Stoker)
SEAHAM, - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:08:05 (PST)
I am looking for some information about the shakespeare lodge and its members in the 1920s.My great grandad John Thomas Stoves was a member. I would be grateful if anyone has any information.
catherine taylor
woolton, liverpool - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:06:46 (PST)
Can anyone tell me the whereabouts of Peter (Ricky) Laverick,lived in Elm crescent, Parkside and Les Bamborough of Parkside Crescent. Used to knock about the Harbour up to age 20 or so.
Cliff Clark
Doncaster, - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:05:14 (PST)
Hello again Liz. You asked if we are related. Your grandmother, Dorothy, was the 5th-born to Robert and Elizabeth Kirby nee Richardson. Robert was the last-born to George "Lovely Nelly" Kirby and his wife Elizabeth, nee Marwood. His siblings were William, my great grandfather, George Marwood, Sarah Jane, John Vickers, Ralph and then Robert. You will find Dorothy on the 1901 and 1911 censuses.From Royston I know that Dorothy married James Lawther. Although my great uncle, Alfred Ernest Kirby lived in Deneside for many years and I knew him well, I didn't know about any of your family except by my research, and of course with getting to know Royston. The wreck of the "Lovely Nelly" took up quite a lot of research but it was well worth it. I have visited Cullercoats Lifeboat Station, where the lifeboat "Percy" was dragged along the coast to just past Whitley Bay to rescue all but the cabin boy on "Lovely Nelly". A gentleman there very kindly did me a ship in a bottle of "Lovely Nelly", it is one of my most treasured possessions. Please get back via the guestbook if you want any more gen.
william kirby
great lumley, - Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:04:03 (PST)
f.a.o. Kieth Mullen been in touch with my friend in stevenage its maxine osbourne who is working in a chemist shop i have her mobile number
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:16:22 (PST)
Hello Liz (Elizabeth Stoker), We must have been in the same class? (I lived in The Noah's Ark Pub)
John Walsh
St.Blazey, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:15:18 (PST)
I am looking for John laverick from westlea seaham. He served with 24th infantry brigade with my brother
Linda Cummings
washington, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:13:33 (PST)
Hello William Kirby, Yes I'm Royston's sister and he did tell me about meeting you but not about our great great grandfather , so I will google him as you suggest. He has moved down south so i'll contact him to make him aware of this great guestbook. I find it interesting to find out about my family. Are we related at all ? Cheers Liz
Liz jasprizza
Sydney, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:12:28 (PST)
Hi Ann(Bowers/Gates) Liz Jasprizza here, I am unable to access 2010 for some reason so have not seen your response to my first message. Great to hear from you and I'd love to hear about your life after SHGGS! You are married obviously, any children? and what career did you pursue after school? Should we exchange email addresses to catch up on old times etc? I'm in touch with Hilary Sowerby (nee Griffiths. Cheers Liz Liz
Liz Jasprizza
Sydney, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:11:13 (PST)
Many thanks Lorna and you are correct there were 3 girls,and by mentioning Maxine it jogged my memory and reminded me.It's likely my late father knew Dickie( their dad) as my dad was a Catholic and the Osbourne's were,as Kathleen was excused RE( Religious Education)..Again thanks and I will keep checking weekly as I like this site and have an interest in Seaham as I lived for 3 years there on the "Brosley Estate" at Seaton( just up from the Lodge garage)as well as working there in the TSB..Regards
Keith Mullen
Easington, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:09:12 (PST)
would like to no if any body can tell me the where about of the townsend faimly of winsor road freada is mum went to her wedding in the late 1970s linda brain and alan helived in washington went to his wedding too and shirley a lovely smile and sparkley eyes had some great xmas up there and was all ways made to feel part of the famialy thanks for looking fingers crossed
john plested
bury st edmunds, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:08:01 (PST)
Hi can any one in guest book give me any info on the Short family from Seaham Thomas Short wife jane and Mary Jane Short who married John Major mary John were my grand parents I have no info on them regards Densimpson
Dennis Simpson
Houghton Le Spring, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:06:32 (PST)
would like to hear from dorothy rountree and family who r mostly living in usa. often in my thoughts. also anyone of Simon Charltons friends who would like to share any memories of him you may not be aware Simon passed away in 2002 aged 25 he went to byron tce school and seaham comp.
Val Charlton nee Mitchell
Seaham, - Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 13:04:34 (PST)
in the early fifty's I lived at my sister Elsie's married name Cleary her husbands name was Jack the only one of my cousins I can recall was Michael I only lived with them for a short while when my mother was in hospital as our family home was in Sunderland I would love to here from anyone who knows Michael or any of his siblings
gordon peacock
Burscough, Lancashire - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 14:35:47 (PST)
May I extend my New Year greeting to all readers of the Guest book, and thank Eddie and Sadie for providing this forum in which like minded folk can share thoughts. Louisa Moreland�s family and friends have spent another successful New Years get together at Tarnside in Cumbria. Numbers were down on last year, but a good time was had by all. I have finally retired after completing an extra 9 months, and wonder what I have done to deserve the age I have now reached. They say hard work never killed anyone but, (and after 32 years hard graft down a coal mine) my father died 9 years younger than I am now. So many of the people I grew up with in the �Wide Back� at Dawdon are no longer with us; the only ones I now have contact with are Tom Leighton, and Harry Wharton. I lost contact with Keith Adamson some 8 years ago, and last talked to Arthur Johnson about 6 years ago. Watching the �Likely Lads� over Christmas brought back some fond memories; we were just as daft. Best Wishes for 2011, TOM
Tom Moreland
London, - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 14:34:11 (PST)
fao keith mullen yes kathleens father was dickie osbourne at one time he worked at the co-op bakery nr the station crossing and i think northern buses he was a bit older than doreen still no cantact with my friend in stevenage as soon as i find out i will post it my last visit to murton was 1991 everythings gone i still have a contact there who has sent me old fotos i think there was 3 girls kathleen jaquline and maxine
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 14:32:21 (PST)
Hello Liz, I had a glance on the Seaham Harbour Guestbook and saw your name. Are you the sister of Royston Kirby? I met Royston several years ago while researching my Kirby family tree. I haven't heard from him for a while as I have mis-laid his contact address. If you are his sister you will have found from him no doubt about your illustrious ancestors. To much to go into now but you can be very proud of your great great grandfather, George Kirby. Find out about him if you Google, "The Wreck of the Lovely Nelly". Of course you probably know all about it from Roy if he is your brother. I love my family history and am always finding something interesting be it Kirby, Marwood, Stanbridge, Coyle, Maxted, Doxford and many more. Kind regards, William Kirby.
william kirby
great lumley, - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 14:30:51 (PST)
Info required re Elijah Jones, miner, colliery bandsman emigrated to America 1907. Last heard of Tacoma/Carbonado - Washington
Shirley Dixon {nee Jones}
Worthing, - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 14:31:56 (PST)
,Hi im looking for my old pal jimmy bruce,we worked on the tunnel job,at the isle of grain,also regards to all the harbour lads from the job,regards george moore
george moore
middlesbrough, - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 14:30:00 (PST)
i wish everybody from seaham a happy and prosperous new year.all the best.
jap inions
mildenhall, - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 14:26:41 (PST)
Many thanks Lorna Stoker in Scarborough and I will keep an eye open to see if you can find any information...Regards Keith
Keith Mullen
Easington, - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 14:25:32 (PST)
Happy new year Ed and Sadie.Hi Liz Jasprizza. In Dec I left a message for you and Judy Berry. Of course I remember you.Best wishes for 2011,hope to hear more from you.regards Ann
Ann Gates
Farnham, - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 14:24:11 (PST)
Hi All the very best wished for this New Year, I am a Murton girl my Dad Mr Richard Verdun Cowey was a miner there and my Mother is Mrs Moira Cowey nee Stewart would love to hear of any of there late family xx
Moira Duell
Seaham, - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 14:22:07 (PST)
FAO.."Lorna stokes..scarborough"...Many thanks for your reply Lorna and I will keep and eye on the board.I knew Kathleen at school and on Friends Re-united someone asked about her where abouts.As I mentioned her name cropped up on Facebook on a thread about "Murton"( murtoneers )..Kathleen was a very attractive girl and was a member of the school photography club Mr Scott ran, and sometimes used to model for the club.I believe she left Murton in the late 60s and would likely have married & changed her name.My late father worked on the buses and there was a Dickie Osbourne who may have been the girls father.Many thanks for the reply..
Keith Mullen
Easington, - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 14:20:45 (PST)
John Walsh, I can remember Marion Whittington, Helen Harrison and Stuart Alderson from Deneside Junior School. My name was Elizabeth Stoker
Liz Metcalf
Seaham, - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 14:18:55 (PST)
Thanks Eric for your comments. It is always nice to know people enjoy the guestbook. We hope you have all enjoyed the festivities and wish you all a healthy happy new year.
Ed and Sadie
Seaham, - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 10:15:38 (PST)
Wishing a happy new year to the guestbook community and hoping to find a response from Ann Bowers an old school friend Liz Jasprizza nee Elsie Kirby
Elizabeth Jasprizza
Sydney, - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 10:13:18 (PST)
I'm checking to see if ann bowers has responded to my earlier entry
Elizabeth Jasprizza
Sydney, - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 10:12:08 (PST)
came across your website looking for information about my father owen scollen, he was born in seaham in 1910. He died in 1968. His family were all seaham people. It would be great to hear from you - Thanks
roy scollen
chippenham, - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 10:10:43 (PST)
Hello Sharon Osborne (ne Cross )Do you remember Helen Harrison ,Marrion whittington,or Stuart Alderson ?
John Walsh
St.Blazey, Cornwall - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 10:07:27 (PST)
First of all , can I thank the Masons for another year, for doing the Seaham Harbour Guestbook. I can speak for all your fans, that you have done another splendid years job for all of us. I hope you both have better health this coming year. Also can I wish all the readers a Happy New Year, and keep those E-Mails coming.
Eric Leighton
Seaham, - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 10:06:02 (PST)
For June Payne's query on Nov 14th. I used to deliver orders by shop bicycle for Tommy Thompson in 1956 & remember him well. He also had a son Barry who was about my age. Dale(Mac) McAllister Dec 27th.
JohnDale McAllister
Kelvin Valley,Scotland, - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 10:04:03 (PST)
f.a.o Keith Mullin ref. kathleen and jacqeline osbourne they were bornin murton there mother was doreen hagon wholived in sea view in murton, doreen is no longer with us and i was told that one of the girls also i have a friend in stevenage who went into a chemist and one of them was working there i think it was jacqueline ,my friend in stevenage comes from seaham harbour as soon as he gets out of hospital i shall ask him he married a murton girl from dene terrace
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 10:01:25 (PST)
doug robson sorry for not getting back any earlier computor been goosed sorted now .danny golden last time i heard he was working on oil rigs but never see him now .see your eddie every so often walking about .see more people now since the byron shopping centre in seaham opened .takes ages to get round shopping spend more time cracking on to people .still nice to hear from people like yourself .a lot of people scattered around england since the mines went .still enjoy your xmas and have a good new year alan rountree
alan rountree
seaham, - Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 09:59:55 (PST)
Well here we go again friends. Our very best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy New Year. Looks like there'll be a lot of changes in the world this year - we hope they'll be for the better. We are busy with an update to the site (not before time) There will be a new Home Page, new Site Guide, new pages, and a re-structuring of many old pages which are not being discarded. So watch out for the change.
Ed & Sadie Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Friday, December 31, 2010 at 06:34:09 (PST)