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Curiosities, Knick-Knacks & Treasures from Houghton-le-Spring

An etched glass in memory of the disaster at Houghton Pit in 1850

ETCHED GLASS 1850

This small glass is housed in the Parish Church and is etched with a message commemorating a disaster at Houghton Colliery:

Houghton Pit
Exploded 11 Nov 1850
28 lives lost.

The wording is accompanied by an etched leaf.

The explosion ripped through the Hutton seam at between 5 and 6 o'clock. 26 men and boys were lost, 20 of them under the age of 21. About 150 men were working underground at the time of the disaster. The survivors were rescued after 4 hours exertion and many were insensible Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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A promotional match box and striker advertising Houghton Ales and the Robinson Bros Brewery

HOUGHTON BREWERY MATCH BOX

This match box and striker is branded with an advert for the Robinson Bros Brewery. The label reads:

DRINK ROBINSON BROS HOUGHTON ALES.
ROBINSON BROS CELEBRATED BOTTLED ALES AND STOUT.
HOUGHTON BREWERY.

The lid snaps open and shut. The base has a grid for striking the matches against. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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A promotional tape measure advertising Houghton Ales and the Robinson Bros Brewery

HOUGHTON BREWERY TAPE MEASURE

This double-sided tape measure featured ads for Houghton Ales and the Robinson Bros Brewery's bottled ales and stout. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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A prayer book from 1917

PRAYER BOOK 1917

A prayer book which has the following message inscribed on the inner page:

E.L. Metcalfe
113 Newbottle St
Houghton-Le-Spring
County Durham
June 27/6/17 Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

Burial records show that Elizabeth Metcalfe of 113 Newbottle Street was buried at Houghton Hillside Cemetery on June 27th 1917.

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The Houghton Stadium Club badge

HOUGHTON GREYHOUND STADIUM BADGE

Front and reverse views of this badge from Houghton Greyhound Stadium. Greyhound racing became popular at the Stadium when horse racing ended in 1938. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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Dairy Lane Bowling Club badge

DAIRY LANE BOWLING CLUB BADGE

A small pin badge for Dairy Lane Bowling Club, featuring the Gilpin Crest boar and oak tree. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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Joseph Bland Pearson's pocket watch

JOSEPH BLAND PEARSON'S WATCH

This watch belonged to Joseph Bland Pearson, an auctioneer from Nesham Place. It features a solid silver coined edged case, along with a diamond balance jewel.

Weighing at 132g and measuring 54mm, the watch was inscribed with the words:

BLAND PEARSON
HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING

The watch was sold for $202 (about 136) in 2008. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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Houghton Primitive Methodist Church Cutlery

HOUGHTON METHODIST CHURCH CUTLERY

A cutlery set from Houghton Primitive Methodist Church. The knives were made by 'Joseph Rodgers & Sons, cutlers to His Majesty'. The teaspoon is made out of nickel silver. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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Bernard Gilpin ornament, circa 1900

BERNARD GILPIN ORNAMENT

This small pot, which measures about 2 1/2 inches in height, features the family crest of Bernard Gilpin, along with the motto:

DICTUS PACTISQUE SIMPLEX.

It dates from around 1900 and moved with its owner to Somerset. In 2010 it was returned to the area when it was given to Paul Lanagan. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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An Arcadian crested china field gun featuring the crest of Bernard Gilpin, c1919

FIELD GUN ORNAMENT

This Arcadian crested china ornament is a field gun featuring the crest of Bernard Gilpin.

It measures around 10.5 cm and dates from circa 1919. The ornament's price tag was 42.00. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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W.P Hartley Stoneware Jam Jar, as found in Moors Burn, Houghton-le-Spring

W.P HARTLEY STONEWARE JAM JAR

This is the base of stoneware jam jar, produced for W.P Hartley jams and preserves. The jar dates from around 1890 and was made in Scotland.

The words read:

W.P. HARTLEY, LIVERPOOL & LONDON

This remnant was found in the Moors Burn, Houghton-le-Spring, in April 2011. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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Codd bottle produced for Margaret Sutheran, Mineral Waters, Hopper Street, Houghton-le-Spring

M. SUTHERAN CODD BOTTLE

Thought to be a Codd or popally bottle produced for Margaret Sutheran's mineral water business on Hopper Street, Houghton-le-Spring.

The bottle features one of Sutheran's trademark sunflowers and the words:

M. SUTHERAN, HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING, TRADEMARK REGISTERED, CHAPMAN & SONS, BIRKENHEAD

The bottle's seal can still be found inside. Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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A 1923 trophy from Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club

HOUGHTON GOLF CLUB CHALLENGE CUP

This trophy is from Houghton Golf Club, which was founded in 1908, and is inscribed with the following:

Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club
Challenge Cup Winner
John B. Hall
1923

The trophy sold at auction for 12.50. Does anybody know who John B Hall was? Article Copyright © Books of the North 2009 - 2012.

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If you know of any other curiosites or collectibles, or if you can add anything further about the items featured, please get in touch.

 

Article and research by Paul Lanagan, local historian

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Paul Lanagan wishes to place on record his thanks to the following:
:: With thanks to Mark for sharing the greyhound badge; to George Wilson for sharing the Match Striker; to Linda Eaton Chant, for donating the Bernard Gilpin pot; and to bottle man Pete for information on Margaret Sutheran.
:: Etched glass in the north transept of Houghton-le-Spring Parish Church.

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