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Memories from Val Milnes
Collected & Edited by Paul Lanagan, 2011
Memories relate to 1950s

The mid-section of Sunderland Street, Houghton-le-spring

My family moved into 50 Sunderland Street in 1951. There was my father, John Sidaway who was 36, my mother Laura who was 30, my brother Bryn who was 8 and me, aged 2 at the time.

The house was split into two and the other family was Jack Brown, his wife Mary, and their daughter Janet who was just a baby when we moved there. Copyright © Books of the North 2011.

In terms of businesses the shop on the corner was the Co-op drapery, then the County Arms pub and across the road, still on the left hand side was another Co-op store, then the Bay Horse public house, and just further up was a sweet shop called Turtons. Just below No. 50 I recall a butcher's shop but not the name. Further down was the pub called the Pilllars and the Buffs Club (where my aunt, Ruth McCallum, worked as a relief manager at the time). Copyright © Books of the North 2011.

The mid-section of Sunderland Street, Houghton-le-spring, c1914

On the opposite side to No. 50 there was Jacky Waites cobbler's shop (I remember a miniature cobbler in the window!), Lane's sweet shop, Middlemas's Fish Shop (Jack Middlemas, his wife Mary and three daughters lived on the premises), then there was a gap where some houses had been pulled down – I don't know why. Further down there was a watchmaker and A Hector Grabham’s paint and decorating shop. Then across the gap in the road stood the Black Lion public house. That's about it so far but I'm amazed at what I did remember with a bit of help from my brother. Copyright © Books of the North 2011.

Mrs Val Milnes nee Sidaway, 2011

 

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