Houghton-le-Spring: The Jewel in the Crown of the Prince Bishops VHS Video

Houghton-le-Spring: The Jewel in the Crown of the Prince Bishops

A rare copy of this VHS video, which Ken Richardson contributed to.

DURATION: 25 minutes
PRICE: £tbc + P&P

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This video was produced by David Cave with historical research by Ken Richardson.

Packed full of pictures of Houghton-le-Spring as it was in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, contrasted with contemporary shots, the film is thirty minutes of pure nostalgia. Can you remember Sunderland Street - now largely demolished - when it was the town's main thoroughfare? Or the Grand and the Coliseum cinemas, the Pillars public house, and the Lake fairground? Presented in a documentary style, the film traces Houghton's development from its agricultural origins, through its years as a mining town, into the pleasant suburban area we know today.




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The Gilpin crest as found on a stained glass window in St Michael's Church

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