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Houghton-le-Spring: A History & Heritage

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The parish of Houghton-le-Spring is part of the City of Sunderland and about 6 miles from Durham City in the North East of England. This former mining town originated as a large village though it was undoubtedly a small settlement in the early years.

Houghton-le-Spring takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon "Hogh" which means a point of land projected into a plain, and the Old English word "tun" which means settlement. Therefore, Houghton can translate to: "homestead or settlement on the spur of a hill" which is rather apt when one approaches the town from Houghton Cut. Copyright © Books of the North 2012.

The addition of Le Spring has several origins depending on your own view. Some think it is derived from the Le Spring family, Lords of Houghton in ancient times, such as Sir John le Spring, Lord of Houghton, who was killed in his own manor house in 1313, by Robert Lascelles, his lover's husband!

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Another explanation, which is backed up by a “Regester Booke belonginge to the Paryshe of Houghton in the Springe” from 1598, is based around the medicinal springs which flow from the surrounding limestone rocks. Interestingly, Churchwarden records for the Parish Church from 1638 see the place name recorded as "Houghton in le Spring". Copyright © Books of the North 2012.

 

The Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society patron is actress Penelope Wilton OBE
Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society is proud to have actress PENELOPE WILTON OBE as Patron.

 

The Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society website is dedicated to...
The Houghton Heritage Society website is dedicated to the late Ken Richardson, with whom I found my inspiration for all things local history, and to the late CA Smith MA for the legacy of his written articles into Houghton’s past. A special thank you should also be noted to Heather Williams, for astonishing generosity and kindness; to Kathleen Heyworth, for support from across the pond; to Joan Lambton for support, encouragement, sausage rolls and cake; to Millie Barrass for trips home after the Houghton Feast lights went out; and to Chris Morrison for being a digital wonder. Thanks are given to all of the Houghtonians, near and far, who have contributed to this site.

The Houghton Remembered section is dedicated to the memory of Ruth Scott nee Ritchey, a Houghton lass who grew up on Mautland Street in the 1940s.

 

The Houghton-le-Spring Heritage website benefactors
The following have given financial support to cover the hosting costs of the website: Charles Scott (USA); Heather Williams; Harry Smith; Dr Jack Morley; and Margaret Raglus (for Gordon Haswell, a long way from home!).

 

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The Gilpin Crest as found on a road sign in Houghton-le-Spring
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Welcome to the Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society website.
Click here to find out about the Royal Wedding Street Party in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011. Join us as we celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton. The party will start in Houghton at 12noon and is open to all residents. All you have to do is bring a plate of food and a bottle of drink (non alcoholic) and a packet of balloons and party poppers.
Celebrate the Royal Wedding in Houghton-le-Spring! April 29th 2011.
HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon
1. HOUGHTON IN OLD PICTURE POSTCARDS Focussed mainly on central Houghton and a few of the surrounding villages; a hardback book.
2. HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING & HETTON-LE-HOLE IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHS Circa 128 pages covering Houghton, Hetton and many of the surrounding villages.

The Old Bank, formerly Jaks Bar, Sunderland Street, originated as a branch of the North-Eastern Banking Company Ltd.
3. HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING & HETTON-LE-HOLE IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHS: A 2ND SELECTION Again, circa 128 pages covering Houghton, Hetton and many of the surrounding villages.
Houghton Inner Wheel Club
Houghton-le-Spring Community Times magazine
Hoctona was medieval Houghton: the head of a great manor belonging to the Bishops of Durham. Thirteen cottagers lived here, including Henry the greeve, a farm manager; a blacksmith; a carpenter; and a punder of stray animals.
The first settlement was at Copt Hill.
Explosion at Houghton Colliery on November 11th 1850
Marriage of Olga daughter of Mr & Mrs John Lishman of Houghton-le-Spring to Mr Cyril Arthur Smith BA son of Rev J & Mrs Smith MA, Hetton-le-Hole 7th September 1927
Welcome to Houghton-le-Spring's new Heritage Centre in St Michael & All Angels Church
Newbottle Street was formerly known as Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, as there was only one row of buildings (on the east side).
Bell ringers in Houghton-le-Spring
Risen Christ sculpture in Houghton Church by Dr Fenwick Lawson ARCA

The new Houghton-le-Spring Heritage book - "Houghton-le-Spring in Old photographs Volume 1" is released on Thursday February 18th 2010
St Michael's Church and 900 years of worship
Rare back lane postcards of Houghton le Spring. Do they exist?
The Durham White Ox. Of the improved Tees Water Breed, Bred and fed by John Nesham Esqr. of Houghton le Spring, Durham

Do you know where Gillies Lane, Houghton-le-Spring was?
Friends of Houghton Rectory Park
Thanks for the Memories: Recollections of Fence Houses, Lambton, Burnmoor, Chilton Moor, Dubmire and Bankhead, by Lena Cooper (Summerhill Books, £9.99).
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Chantry chapel from the 15th century
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Margery Bellasis (1497-1567) buried in St Michael & All Angels Church houghton le spring
1.The old English words Hough (Hoc) and Ton (Tyn) together form Houghton (Hocton) and mean "Homestead or settlement on the spur of a hill." The most likely version of the second element of the name probably relates to the many mineral water springs that formerly flowed through the limestone rock. 2.There is a Neolithic Stone Age burial mound on Copt Hill. 3.Venerable Bede drank at one of the medicinal springs. Ever since it has been called "Holywell" 4.A church has stood here since Saxon times. 5.In the 16th Century Bernard Gilpin "The Apostle of the North" roasted an ox to mark the Anniversary of the dedication of St. Michael's and All Angels Church. Houghton-le-Spring Rotary Club carry on that tradition to this very day. 6.It is the only Parish in England to have had two Rectors who became the Archbishop of Canterbury. 7.Houghton was the centre of a mainly agricultural community but exploitation of its rich coal seams during the Victorian era led to its industrial expansion. 8.In 20 years from 1801 the population increased from 996 to 2,905. By 1890 there were over 30 public houses and beer shops in the town. 9.Coal was exported via the River Wear and Sunderland. Other related industries such as engine-works, iron-works, coke-works, gas-works, brick-works and potteries were established. 10.The tongue of Big Ben was manufactured in Hopper's Foundry, Houghton. 11.By 1960 much of the coal reserves were exhausted and the industrial side of Houghton life changed. 12.Under boundary changes of 1974 it became part of Sunderland and is now a pleasant residential, commercial and shopping community.
Houghton-le-Spring gifts, christmas presents and Houghton-le-Spring calendars for sale, Houghton-le-Spring DVD for sale
Minchella Ice Cream
Jaconelli Ice Cream
Dimambro Ice Cream
Woolworths store in Houghton-le-Spring closed down in December 2008.
Di Mambro Ice Cream
Woolworths Plc 15 Newbottle Street Houghton le Spring DH4 4AW Tel: 0191 5843170
Vine Place, Houghton-le-Spring
Gravel Walks, Houghton-le-Spring
Houghton Rectory gardens
Houghton Rose Garden
Old tithe barn in Houghton-le-Spring
Can you remember the shops at Mautland Square, which was demolished to make way for the Co-Op in 2002?
Riani Ice Cream houghton-le-spring

Marriage of Olga daughter of Mr & Mrs John Lishman of Houghton-le-Spring to Mr Cyril Arthur Smith BA son of Rev J & Mrs Smith MA, Hetton-le-Hole 7th September 1927 houghton feast
Bernard Gylpyn
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The Houghton-le-Spring magazine was published by J.Beckwith in 1836.

Do you know where Gillies Lane, Houghton-le-Spring was? murders in houghton le spring

Houghton TA Hall on Henry Street
Houghton Inner Wheel Club
Worked in Newbottle Big Club, also known as the Workingmens Club; worked in the Jolly Potters, Newbottle, and also the Barley Mow Inn at Birtley. www houghtonlespring org uk
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George Hopper and his Britannia Iron Works
Sedgeletch Farm is located next to Sedgeletch Sewerage Farm, down the road from the Beehive Pub houghton colliery
houghton le spring history

Friends of Houghton Hillside Cemetery
Houghton-le-Spring gifts, christmas presents and Houghton-le-Spring calendars for sale, Houghton-le-Spring DVD for sale
National Federation of Cemetery Friends
Stoneygate Water Pumping station and reservoir
Houghton le Spring
Houghton-le-Spring Street Names Project aims to compile a list of all the Houghton streets along with details of where and how the streets obtained their names. Obvious streets include Gilpin Street, Grey Street and Bernard Street. But what was Bowlby Street named after?
Houghton
Friends of Houghton Rectory Park
Houghton Branch of the Newbottle & District Co-Operative Society. Coal mining in Houghton le Spring
removal of the church pews
new dvd for st michaels church houghton
houghton colliery pics

Houghton-le-Spring Community Times magazine
Marriage of Olga daughter of Mr & Mrs John Lishman of Houghton-le-Spring to Mr Cyril Arthur Smith BA son of Rev J & Mrs Smith MA, Hetton-le-Hole 7th September 1927 st michael and all angels church houghton le spring parish records
Sportman's Tavern pub, Reay's Place, Newtown, Houghton-le-Spring, Durham www houghton feast
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The Houghton-le-Spring Advertiser
Heath House Hostel.

Do you know where Gillies Lane, Houghton-le-Spring was?
Woolworths store in Houghton-le-Spring closed down in December 2008. seven sisters hauntings in suffolk

Houghton-le-Spring Drill Hall is also known as Houghton Drill Hall and was located next to Henry Street and Edwin Street, DH5 houghton feast history pictures
houghton feast old photographs
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Bank Head
Houghton on the 1911 census

Margaret Sutheran" who ran their business out of a premesis on Hopper Street, i have 3 stone stout bottles, various pint and half pint beer bottles showing the various trademarks she used,ie smiling sun,sunflower and entwined initials,i have several "codd bottles" with the marble in the neck commonly known as popally bottles, i also have an exceedingly rare water jug advertising Margaret Sutherans mineral waters etc,The company of William Thompson took over Sutherans and for a short time the bottles reflected this transition by displaying William Thompson "late " Sutheran embossed on the bottles, Robinsons was a huge concern however the bottles were very plain but made in vast numbers , i remember hearing a tale about the A690 bypass ,it was to cut through an old garage attached to the brewery and when they started to demolish it they found a trapdoor leading to a vast cellar filled with hundreds of thousands of Robinsons beer bottles!!all skipped and destroyed.aaarrrgghhh, Another company working briefly are R Hodgson Cross House Inn Houghton, he operated from the Pub that originally stood on the site of the Burn! He was declared bankrupt and all his stock and goods sold off to pay his debts ,apparently he liked to drink his own ale!!! i only have 4 bottles from him but again not commonly found, sorry if i'm banging on a bit !! i,m a bit obsessive about the detail and our local heritage! Ps a bit grim i know but Margaret Sutherans daughter is buried in Newbottle churchyard ,a veritable mine of information regarding dates and family members etc anyway i,m looking forward to getting involved and hope it all goes to plan
Vine Place, Houghton-le-Spring
Just come across this - A Cousin of my Grandmother Jane Lee (nee Thompson), Ralph Dickman who lived at Low Fell was responsible for overseeing the building of Houghton Miner's Welfare Hall 1930's.
Houghton le Spring School resources
Houghton-le-Spring Street Names Project aims to compile a list of all the Houghton streets along with details of where and how the streets obtained their names. Obvious streets include Gilpin Street, Grey Street and Bernard Street. But what was Bowlby Street named after?
Houghton
Gravel Walks, Houghton-le-Spring
Over the Hill Farm is in Houghton le Spring.
I am looking for Family Tree records in Houghton Le Spring and had heard that the memorial inscriptions can be found online at HoughtonHeritage.co.uk along with names and burial records
The Clouds, Houghton le Spring
Little Clouds, High Haining
The Houseman family lived in the Manor House, Houghton Le spring

Rev. C. E. Adamson, M.A. The new Rector of Houghton-le-Spring ... Reprinted from “Heslop's Local Advertiser,” Felling, September 9th, 1910.
Testimonials of Rev. J. Young, M.A., Trinity College, Cambridge, and Head-Master of Kepier Grammar School, Houghton-le-Spring.
Houghton-le-Spring gifts, christmas presents and Houghton-le-Spring calendars for sale, Houghton-le-Spring DVD for sale
An advert for Nesham Hall Academy which was located at the top of Church Street, next to Houghton Hall. This area of Houghton was known as Quality Hill due to the affluent people who lived there.
Dubmire
HOUGHTON HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon
houghton hillside cemetery
houghton hillside cemetary
old photos of houghton le spring

Lady Landon lived at the top of Sunderland Street in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham Bernard Gylpyn
houghton le springs fair
The People's History Houghton le Spring by Geoffrey Berriman ISBN 1-902527-19-4
Houghton-le-Spring Street Names Project aims to compile a list of all the Houghton streets along with details of where and how the streets obtained their names. Obvious streets include Gilpin Street, Grey Street and Bernard Street. But what was Bowlby Street named after?
Rare photos of the old Mautland Street Methodist Church before it was demolished.
Houghton
Houghton on the 1911 census

HOUGHTON LE SPRING, A HISTORY. A book by Frank H Rushford, published by Durham County Press in 1949. The dimensions of the book are approx 9 inches x 6 inches, there are 97 pages, and it is in tidy condition, although the cover is a little grubby with slight wear to corners of the boards and spine. Binding is intact. There are a couple of pages with minor marks on them, others are all clean. The book was written in 1949 and gives a good account of the history of the town of Houghton-le-Spring with some interesting photographs of the town and surrounding area. The picture of Fatfield Bridge is reproduced here.
Houghton Inner Wheel Club
Houghton-le-Spring Community Times magazine


Abbot Street Houghton le Spring
Alamein Avenue Houghton le Spring
Baker Street Houghton le Spring
Balfour Street Houghton le Spring
Balmer Street Houghton le Spring
Balmoral Crescent Houghton le Spring
Bowlby Street Houghton le Spring
Burns Avenue North & South Houghton le Spring

Do you know where we can buy Bernard Gilpin Ale or Bernard Gilpin light beer? This commemorative beer is available from this website over the Bernard Gilpin Weekend in March 2011.
Byron Terrace Houghton le Spring
Bruce's Yard, Robinson Street, Houghton-le-Spring
Church Street Houghton le Spring
Dairy Lane Houghton le Spring
D'Arcy Street Houghton le Spring
Dunkirk Avenue Houghton le Spring
Durham Road Houghton le Spring
Earsdon Road Houghton le Spring
Edwin Street Houghton le Spring
Elizabeth Street Houghton le Spring
Frederick Place Houghton le Spring
George Street Houghton le Spring
Gillas Lane East & West Houghton le Spring
BOOK LENDING IN HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING A) Victorian times - books were available from Mechanics/Church Institute, Church Street (1852+), and St Michael's Church Hall, Rectory Grounds (1882+) B) London Lending Library, Newbottle Street Located next door to the White Lion PH, cost c 10p old money to lend a book for a week (tbc) Closed circa 1938, following competition from the public library C) Public Library, Church Street Opened 1936, closed c1967 (exact year tbc) Thought to be have been Number 22 Church Street When it closed, section of Church St was demolished to make way for the A690 Library was temporarily housed in Myre Hall, Church Street, afterwards
HOUGHTON HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon D) Houghton Library, Mautland Square Opened in 1969, closed in 2001 (month/year of closing tbc) E) Houghton Library, 74 Newbottle Street Opened October 2001 - present On the site of the old Newbottle Street Primary School
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Henry Street Houghton le Spring
Hetton Road Houghton le Spring
Hillside (High Hillside) Houghton le Spring
Hillside (Low Hillside) Houghton le Spring
Holly Avenue Houghton le Spring
Hopper Street Houghton le Spring
Ironside Street Houghton le Spring
John Street Houghton le Spring
Kingsway Houghton le Spring
What is the name of the new JD Weatherspoons in Houghton-le-Spring? It is called THE WILD BOAR, Wild BoarFrederick Place, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH4 4BN.
Kirklea Road Houghton le Spring
Lambton Street Houghton le Spring houghton le spring conservation area
Lilac Avenue Houghton le Spring
Longfellow Street Houghton le Spring
Market Place Houghton le Spring
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Mildred Street Houghton le Spring
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Moore Crescent North & South Houghton le Spring
Morriss Terrace Houghton le Spring

A BRAVE PEACEMAKER IN the midst of an old garden at the town of Houghton-le-Spring, in the county of Durham, grew (so late as 1896) an aged thorn-tree, and it was said to have been planted there by the hands of a noble man who was rector of the parish in the sixteenth century. His name was Bernard Gilpin. Noble he was, and brave, and yet a man of peace. When he was young our beloved mother- land was in pain and tumult with the feud of Catholic against Protestant, and Protestant against Protestant. It was a sad war of thought against thought, faith against faith, church against church, and many an honest soul crouched in the shadow of a jail, and was wounded or slain in riot, or even done to death in the fire at the stake before the eyes of a great crowd. It is not my place now to blame one side or the other. We salute the valiant men and women on each side, and honor their English spirit, though we grieve on the hurt they did each other and to the land of their birth. When he was a learner at an Oxford college he rose up one day in the midst of an assembly of 92 A BRAVE PEACEMAKER eager listeners and spoke on the Catholic side against a scholar named Peter (afterward Peter Martyr). Peter opened a Bible and gave his view as to the sacrament of the holy bread and wine. Bernard made reply, and there was a buzz of voices that showed how eagerly the people fol- lowed all that was said. Presently Bernard spoke this simple word: 'I think Peter is right, after all." This was indeed an honest mind that was ready to own itself mistaken. And, mark you, it would have been quite as honest if a Protestant had owned himself mistaken, and had said: "The Catholic speaks the truth." Bernard was chosen to be a priest of the Church of England, and for a while he had charge of a village. But when it came into his mind to travel abroad he told the bishop of that part that he would give up his village to some other shepherd of souls. "How now," cried the bishop, "but the money that the village yields its priest will be of use to you in your journeys." 'Your Grace speaks truly," answered Bernard, "but it is not meet that I should take wages for work I do not perform." 'You will die a beggar," said the bishop, half in jest, and all the while admiring Gilpin's honor- able heart, 93 HEROES OF PEACE So Bernard, with a small store of money that he had saved, set out on his travels, gazed at the beauties of windows and images in Antwerp Cathedral (though he was sore vexed at the images) and studied books amid the fair gardens of the quiet city of Louvain. 'King Edward is dead" so the news w r as wafted over the water from the English shores. Something else came from England a stream of men who had hurried from that country to escape the Time of Wrath, for Mary was Queen, and there was danger to all outspoken Protestants; and though he had no money to spare, Bernard found many ways of aiding the wayfarers, for he could speak on their behalf to his Dutch and Flemish friends. Thence he found his way to Paris, and so back to England and to the hill-country of Durham in the north. Now in this region there was a worthy bishop who was a Catholic, but had no lust for the killing of heretics the same bishop who had smiled at Bernard and told him he would die a beggar. And when the Catholic folk of those parts made a set upon Gilpin (who was now archdeacon) and ac- cused him of evil beliefs in religion the bishop shielded him from harm, saying that there was no guile in the man. When at length Bernard Gilpin made his home at the rectory of Houghton (where he planted the
How do I contact Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society? You can contact Houghton Heritage Society using the following address or email: 94 A BRAVE PEACEMAKER thorn) he was allowed to work in quiet, for his name was written in a list of accused men to be tried in London for bad beliefs; and one day a messenger rode into the valley of Houghton at hot speed, and so up the hill to the rectory, to warn Gilpin of the peril. The rector called up his man- servant, William Airay, and put his hand on his shoulder, and said: "At length, William, they have prevailed against me. I am accused to the Bishop of London, from whom there will be no escape." He bade William bring a long garment such as martyrs wore at the fiery stake, and he put it on each day so as to train his spirit for the sore trial that was to come. For he would not run from his post, and when the officers arrived from Lon- don they found Gilpin in the place of his daily duty. On the way to London he suffered an accident a broken leg, some say and must needs lie abed under the watch of officers; and at that time Queen Mary died, and Elizabeth was Queen, and Gilpin was set free. He built a grammar-school at Houghton, and I believe it stands there to this day. If ever he met a bright-looking lad on the country road he would talk with him and question him, and if so be the lad showed wit and sense he would have him put to school without fee; and more than one youth 95 HEROES OF PEACE he sent, at his own charge, to some hall of learning at the university. He bade them write to him news of how they fared, and would himself go to Oxford or Cambridge each year to see the young men with his own eyes and ask after their welfare and well-doing. A mob of peasants carrying a cross made great havoc in the north of England, and rioted in Durham city, and robbed the barns of Houghton, and took cattle; their minds being inflamed with anger at the Protestant Church. And when many of them were seized and imprisoned and then brought to trial before the queen's magistrates Gilpin appeared at the court and pleaded for mercy for them. "For," said he, "these poor folk are unlettered, and knew not fully the evil they were doing." So many were treated more tenderly by reason of Bernard's prayer. He was still strong in his opinion against Catholics, but he had love to the people who had the opinions he thought wrong; and to one of them he wrote a letter, saying: "If you will come on Sunday night and stay a week with me I shall be glad to see you. We may then talk over these things with more freedom." Such desire had he for peace that he begged the folk not to go to law if any had a quarrel against a neighbor, but to come both of them to his house and reason the thing out; and man}' a time 96

Houghton dates from 1183, its church was built in Norman times and it is the resting place of Bernard Gilpin, known as the Apostle of the North, who was a former rector at the town church in the 16th century.
Where in Houghton-le-Spring is the new ASDA opening?
ASDA, Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4.
Is there an ASDA supermarket opening on the site of Houghton Colliery?
Houghton Colliery site to become an ASDA supermarket?
Houghton Colliery site to be developed into an ASDA? It is home to more than 36,000 people and hosts one of the country's oldest annual community events – Houghton Feast, which attracts thousands of visitors to the town every October.
Houghton is pronounced Hoeton.Its name is from the Anglo-saxon "HOGH" which is a point of highland projecting into a plain,also from numerous springs which once flowed from limestone rock. It is 6km. north east of Durham & 6 south west of Sunderland on the A690. The parish church of St.Michael dates mostly from the 11th century. The majority of shops are found in Newbottle st.1970 a new dual carriage way was built by-passing central Houghton & leads to the "Cut".In 1972 the town became part of the Sunderland Borough.Fine 18th.century Houses and Houghton Hall,now a YMCA, can be found in Church St.& Nesham Place. Newbottle ,a villiage 1 mile north is built around its 18th. century church of St.Matthew.One mile north is the former mining village of Fence Houses. The area's population is about 25,000. June 1985-because of the falling birth rate the 3 local comprehensive schools will merge into one & move into a new school at Dairy Lane by 1990.The landlord & landlady of the Robbie Burns pub have had to learn to live with 4 phantoms.The landlady,Janet Porteous, met her first ghost when she went down the cellar & was struck on the back of the head.When she turned round there was nobody there.The couple's lounge clock has been wrenched off the wall & the one armed bandit went round on its own whilst banging is heard during the night.The mischievous man in the cellar is thought to be the late Tom Cardwell who died when a beer barrel fell on him in 1876. The others are a young boy in short trousers,an old lady in a black skirt & shawl & a man who shuffles through the bar. Thomas Urwin was born in June 1912 at Brandon colliery,Durham.A son of a miner with eventually 3 sons & a daughter of his own.Educated at Brandon colliery & at 14 he left to become a bricklayer until 1954.From 1948-65 he was a member of the UDC & was chairman from 1954-55.At that time he became the full time organiser of the amalgamated union of Building trade workers.In 1964 he became labour MP for Houghton & Seaham .In 1968 he became a minister of state & from 1969-70 was responsible for the northern region policy.Between 1976-79 he was the leader of the British delegation at the council of Europe & in 1976 was appointed Chairman of the socialist group in the council of Europe.In 1982 he retired from politics due to poor health.He returned to Houghton. Houghton quarry is a magnesian limestone & sand quarry on Miller's Hill overlooking the town,& is overlooked by Newbottle village. Quarrying has taken place here for many years & the working now covers 13.5 hectares (34 acres) with faces about 50 metres high.It will be eventually restored to about normal ground level by filling it with waste materials.Fieldhouse quarry is a sand quarry situated to the north east of the town & is visible from a wide area to the south.The quarry is located at the site of an old sand pit and while working has increased in recent years this is still a relativly small quarry occupying about 5 hectares (12 acres) with working faces about 30 metres high. There remains a small core of pre-1914 property round Newbottle Street,Edwin Street,Nesham place & along Burn Park road.Some of them lack basic amenities but have been modernised. Private & council estates have been added to this core.The inter-war years saw the Newtown,Hall lane,Hetton Road, & parts of the villa and North Rectory estates being developed but private construction was limited.Since this period the private sector has rapidly expanded,the main part of this being Leeholme,Mill Hill,Lawnswood & Dairy lane estate (500 dwellings) 36 units of three schemes for sheltered housing are in the council's plans. Newbottle is mainly private housing leading up the hill to the village. Fence Houses is a mixture of council property & private terraced houses along the main street. The Joe Bartley Memorial Sports Hall opened on the 14th October 1984 by the Mayor Counciller George Elliott.The indoor facilities are provided in the sports hall & Welfare are provided in the Sports & Welfare Halls.There are also parking,changing & outdoor facilities.It has activities such as Badmington,5-a-side,table tennis, basketball,netball,aerobics,dancing & keep fit classes.It also includes a solarium.The Welfare Hall can be used by local societies & clubs & available for hire for private functions such as wedding receptions and discos.It has a bar,stage,meeting room,tv room & a snooker table.Outside there is an all weather playing area & a large grassed area,which is flood lit.There are 6 bowling greens & 4 tennis courts.The sports complex is open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm. Houghton Feast celebrates the dedication of St.Michael's church.It's origins are unknown but it probably dates back to the 12th.Century.It lapsed however,but was revived in the 16th. Century by the Rector Bernard Gilpin.The Feast is Held on the 10th. of October.(If it does not fall on a sunday then it is held on the preceding Sunday).Since the war it has developed into a busy 2 weeks of religious,social,cultural & sporting activities.There is always a fair and the Town centre is Illuminated.The highlight is a parade followed by the roasting of a large Ox from which the public can buy sandwhiches. In 1937 the area was recovering from the great depression & on 12th.May the coronation of King George VI was celebrated.Then the prosperity of the area depended on coal mining which was the major employer.The colliery closed in 1982.In 1937 the town contained many older houses that lacked basic facilities,particularly on the hillside,but post war period by pleasent housing estates rural landscape that then surrounded the town.The town centre has almost been
How do I contact Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society? You can contact Houghton Heritage Society using the following address or email: compleatly redeveloped & a new road system created with Sunderland street almost dissapeering.The ancient rectory and grounds have been converted into council offices & park grounds.Life then was very difficult. People worked hard for low wages. Most children left school at 14, boys went to the pit and many girls went off to domestic service. Discipline was stricter, parents were less indulgent and society less permissive. Religion played a bigger role in life, most children went to Sunday school. Pleasures were simple,TV did not exsist but radio was in general use. Most people visited the cinema in Houghton-Children attended a Saturday matinee.There was far less in the way of health care,neighbours & relatives cared for the sick.Many diseises were incurable.Motor traffic was much less than now (some horses were still in use),only the prosperous owned personal transport.Few workers had annual holidays so day trips to the sea-side or bank holidays were much appreciated. This survey of Houghton-le-Spring was carried out by pupils of Bernard Gilpin School Barry Cowell,Martin Hackett,Paul Waterfield,David Waterfield,Peter Bassett ,David Reed,Stephen Curtis,Darren Welch,Robert Crabb & pupils from Houghton Juniors & Newbottle Primary School Entered by RICHARD VARDY & BARRY STAVERS 1985

A BRAVE PEACEMAKER patient Gilpm sat in his arm-chair while warm tongues and red cheeks and lifted hands told of jealousy and dispute; and he calmed the troubled waters as best he could. When any were sick Bernard was soon seen at the bedside murmuring hope or reading words of comfort. To men in high places, however, he uttered his mind in no gentle voice. Dr. Barnes, Bishop of Durham, had not shown good-will to Bernard Gilpin; also he had let some of his under-priests make ill use of the people's money, and he was too unready to check the waste. Therefore, when Gilpin mounted the pulpit one day he reproved Barnes in this plain English: "In the presence of God, His angels, and men I pronounce you to be the author of all these evils." Whereat there was coughing and frowning in the church. But the bishop was in truth an honest man, for he met Gilpin in the evening after dinner and told him he would go home with him, and did so. And when Dr. Barnes entered Gilpin's parlor he took him by the hand and said: "Father Gilpin, I acknowledge you are fitter to be Bishop of Durham than I am to be parson of this church of yours in Houghton. I ask forgive- ness for past injuries." Every Thursday throughout the year Gilpin had much food cooked for the poor of his parish; and four times a year he shared money among them, 7 97

Since the opening of the current centre in November 1997 our congregation and range of activities have grown, but our commitment to the life-giving message of Jesus has not changed. As part of our Centenary Celebration in 2003, we printed a copy of a letter outlining the history of Bethany, written by Mr Tom Jolliffe.
What is the name of the new JD Weatherspoons in Houghton-le-Spring? It is called THE WILD BOAR, Wild BoarFrederick Place, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH4 4BN. In the year 1907, as a boy of eight years, I first became acquainted with the Assembly in Houghton-le-Spring. We had come from Jarrow to reside at Easington Lane, and as my mother had been in Fellowship in Jarrow Assembly, naturally she sought for like Fellowship in Houghton-le-Spring. She was directed to Mr Frank Jones, who had a chemist shop in Newbottle Street, there she found that the brethren met for the Breaking of Bread in the two rooms above the shop and the next Sunday Morning we met them for the first time. In the Assembly at that time, were the following brethren; Mr F Jones, Mr G Welch, Miss Waller, Miss Hissett, Mr & Mrs J Denny, Mr G Lord, Mrs Greaves, Mrs Hockly and Mr & Mrs F Fish. Being of a curious nature I wanted to know when they had first met. Mr Jones and Mr Welch were my chief informants and later I got confirmation from older brethren in Sunderland, Gill Bridge Assembly. In 1903 three young brethren, who were Sunday School teachers in Gill Bridge Assembly, started open air work in Houghton-le-Spring. The three young brethren, namely, Mr Jones, Mr Welch and Mr David Guyan, prospered in their efforts, and souls were saved, Mrs Fish being the first one, followed later by her husband. In full Fellowship with Gill Bridge Assembly, they commenced Breaking of Bread Meetings, in the two rooms above Mr Jones’ shop where they continued for a long time. In 1908 the Hope’s family came from Jarrow, to reside in Easington Lane and naturally they came to Houghton-le-Spring Assembly. A short time later, Mr Jones rented a hall from the Good Templars in Sunderland Street and the Assembly moved there, for the Breaking of Bread, Sunday School and Gospel Services. Everything seemed to be going well until a doctrinal question arose. The majority of the brethren were against it, but as Mr Jones was responsible for the hall the remainder of the brethren decided to leave, leaving Mr Jones in possession of the hall. For a good number of years the Assembly moved from house to house, but mainly in my mother’s home. In 1912, they rented a hall in Pottery Yard, and again regular meetings were started, namely Breaking of Bread, Sunday School, Gospel Meetings and Bible Readings. In the latter half of 1913, the brethren rented no. 3 Union Street and after a lot of hard work, cleaning the place, meetings were commenced and the Lord blessed the work there. I myself was saved in the year 1916 and several others that are still in Fellowship with us can look back to the day, when we took Christ as our Saviour in the old 3 Union Street hall. As the years passed it became apparent that we needed a larger place and on 1 January 1932 we moved into our own Hall in Mautland Street. It was a big improvement from 3 Union Street but we soon found we didn’t have all the facilities we needed and in 1951 we started a Building Fund. Through to good offices of Mr R Vardy, we secured the land (on which the present Hall is built), for a nominal sum. In 1965 the building of the new Hall was commenced and on 6 November 1965 the new Hall was opened and a large crowd attended the opening ceremony. At last we seem to have all the facilities we need and I pray that God will bless us in the future as He has done in the past. We have a splendid bunch of young people and on them will (D.V.) fall the task of working in the gospel and I pray that God will bless their efforts and that they may see fruit for their labour. T.E.J

Her Royal Highness, Kate Middleton's ancestors came from Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring.
Kate's great-grandfather would often visit Houghton-le-Spring. Find out more about Houghton's heritage in this website.
Kate Middleton, Hetton-le-Hole. Royal's ancestors from mining village, Hetton and Houghton in County Durham.
Kate's great-grandfather, John Harrison, b. Barrington Terrace, Hetton Le Hole, co. Durham, 25 July 1874 [entry no. 90], in 1891 1897 1901 and 1904 a coal miner, in 1934 a miner, d. ... m. Register Office, Houghton le Spring, co. Durham, 23 Feb. 1897 [entry no. 112], from: http://www.wargs.com/other/middleton.html
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Houghton Le Spring7 Mar 2011 ... From pit to palace: Kate's coal mining ancestry ... which shows Kate Middleton's great grandfather in Houghton Le Spring, England. ... From pit to palace: Kate Middleton's coal mining ancestry ...19 Apr 2011 ... A relative of Kate Middleton's shows an image of Middleton's great-grandfather Tom, front left, in Houghton Le Spring, England. ...
Where in County Durham did Kate Middleton's ancestors come from? HEROES OF PEACE and at Christmas divided a roasted ox for their eating. Oft he brought home the hungry and the naked and fed and clothed them in his house. The traveler and the stranger were welcome at his door, and so good was he to the very beasts that folk said if a horse was turned loose in any part of the country it would be sure to make straight for the rector of Houghton's stable. One day as he was riding homeward, his servant also being on horseback, he saw in a field a group of villagers standing round a dead horse; and standing beside the horse was the driver of the plow, looking in great distress. "Don't trouble," said Bernard; "I'll let thee have that horse of mine." He pointed to the horse ridden by the man- servant. "Ah, master," replied the sad countryman, "my pocket will not buy such a beast as that." "Take him, take him," said Gilpin, "and when I ask money for him thou shalt pay me." He never asked. Now, the land of Northumberland and Durham was in a large part wild, and on the moors and hills and in the lonely dales there wandered rude clans of folk, more like robbers and gipsies than people of a settled land, where were peaceful villages and cities. In summer they would camp out in little tents called "shealings," and make merry. They 98 A BRAVE PEACEMAKER roamed far and wide on the borders of England and Scotland; and their hand was against every man and every man's against them. Bernard Gilpin set his heart on softening the manners of these border folk; and very often he might be seen riding along hilly roads, or perhaps tramping on foot, on the way to a hamlet or camp amid the moorlands where these rough people dwelt, and he would gather them in open space or village church and preach to them, and none did him harm. It was a custom of these border people to settle quarrels with knife or sword. Two men would take their stand on a place laid out with mats, and he that was forced off this space by power of arms was held to be the loser in the suit. Such was the eagerness of the people for fighting that they would sometimes hang up a glove in a spot where passers- by could see, and whoever took down the glove would be bound to defend himself, even to wounds or death. And parties would hate parties, and so the land was in never-ending toil and trouble. Bernard Gilpin preached in a church one day, and two groups of border-men sat over against each other, and presently there was a clash of weapons, and angry hands were raised. Then Gilpin stepped down from the pulpit and stood between the rioters and made peace; and none touched the messenger of love. 99 9673

The Houghton Heritage Walk HISTORY buffs have the chance to go on a tour of Houghton. A guided walk takes place on Saturday, September 8th. The free event will also take in the restoration and history of Rectory Park, which dates back to 1483, and Bernard Gilpin who was known as the Apostle of the North. There may also be the chance to stop and enjoy a coffee at the historic St Michael and All Angels, Houghton’s parish church, which is more than 1,000 years old. For further information visit: www.houghtonlespring.org.uk/events Walk around Historic Houghton-le-Spring HEROES OF PEACE One Sunday morning he saw a glove of defiance hanging on a nail in the church he had come to preach in, and he thrust the glove into his bosom. The people came in, and the moment for the sermon arrived, and Gilpin spoke of good-will and brother- hood. "I hear," quoth he, "that one among you hath hanged up a glove, even in this sacred place, with intent to fight any one that taketh it down. See, I have taken it down." He held out the glove, and then let fall such words of gentle counsel as made them feel how much nobler was friendship than hatred. Such was Bernard Gilpin; and when Lord Bur- leigh, the famous man of state, passed through Houghton on his road from Scotland he was pleased to stay awhile at the rector's house, and he marveled much at the goodness of the man. And when he was setting out on his journey again he paused on a hill that overlooked the little town, and he gazed awhile, and then said: "There lives a man who has joy in his life. Who can blame him for saying 'No' when he was offered the rank of bishop? What doth he want to make him greater or happier or more useful to mankind?" Bernard Gilpin lay in his last illness, and had the scholars of the grammar-school led to his sick- room that he might speak words of kindness to the 100
Royal Wedding Display Tuesday 26 Apr 11 - Tuesday 31 May 11 Free admission Houghton Library and Customer Service Centre 74 Newbottle Street Houghton-Le-Spring DH4 4AF Tel: 0191 561 6383 Wheelchair Accessible A display of Kate Middleton's coal mining ancestors in County Durham by Houghton & District Local History Group.
How do I contact Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society? You can contact Houghton Heritage Society using the following address or email: A BRAVE PEACEMAKER lads; and he died on the 4th of March, 1583, in the sixty-sixth year of his age; and he was called the Apostle of the North. 1 1 Gilpin's biography was written by Prebendary W. Gilpin. The latest edition was published in 1854.
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Hillside is a cemetery located on the outskirts of Houghton Le Spring and the recently restored Lych Gate can be seen when driving along Houghton Cut
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Houghton-le-Spring and the surrounding area is steeped in history dating back to the later stone age. The Copt Hill burial mound (HER 100) indicates a potential ritual importance of the area during the later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. The earliest documentary evidence for the village is 1112 AD. The name derives from Hoctona, the name of the settlement in the Boldon Book of 1183. The ‘Hough’ part of the name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘a point of land projecting into a plain’. The addition of ‘le-Spring’ could have been added from two possibilities: a Lord of the Manor by that name or due to the numerous limestone springs in the area. In the 14th Century the village is listed as having 27 tenants, a watermill, brew house, oven and forge (HER 280). It still shows as a prosperous village on 17th and 18th Century maps. St. Michael’s and All Angels Church (HER 263) has many noteworthy people interred inside the church, including Rector Bernard Gilpin (1557-1583). Gilpin was known as the ‘Apostle of the North’ and went on to become Archdeacon of Durham in 1557. The village has other buildings that featured prominently during the medieval period. Much of the medieval Rectory (HER 264) was demolished, yet it is thought some of the original features may still exist in the present day building. The archway entrance into the rectory was re-built as the entrance to St. Michael’s Church. The late-medieval building of Houghton Hall (HER 1858) still stands. Built by Rector Robert Hutton, he was a noted Puritan and when he died he was buried alongside his horse and dog in the grounds of the Hall. The Industrial Revolution led to an expansion of the settlement with the opening of the Houghton Colliery (HER 3166) in 1829 and the formation of the Union workhouse in 1864. A World War ll Home Guard bunker (HER 5504), located not far from Copt Hill provides the area with the most recent of records. The walls of the bunker still remain, but the roof has collapsed due to landslip from the hillside into which it is built.
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Nylon Stocking Murder, June 1950. Donald Westgarth Davidson, baker from Houghton-le-Spring, accused of murdering Agnes Walsh, 22, an Irish girl, in Piccadily, London. Explosion at Finchale Abbey, shot himself in the head.

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the Tudor Banquet, also known as the Apostle of the North Banquet on Friday 4th March 2011. Tickets £15 from John Lambton 5841591
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The new Houghton-le-Spring Heritage book - "Houghton-le-Spring in Old photographs Volume 1" is released on Thursday February 18th 2010
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Can you remember the shops at Mautland Square, which was demolished to make way for the Co-Op in 2002?
Find out about Houghton Le Spring's history and heritage online at: http://www.houghton-le-spring.org.uk
Gillas Lane East (between Hetton Road and Hall Lane) and Gillas Lane West (between Hetton Road and Durham Road ) formerly High Gillas Lane and Low Gillas Lane . Previously this lane from Durham Road up to the Copt Hill area was Gillas Lane , further on becoming Seaham Road . st michael and all angels church houghton le spring parish records The section of Gillas Lane between Durham Road and Hetton Road had Low added, and between Hetton Road and Hall Lane had High added to the name Gillas when private houses and bungalows began to be built pre WWII.
HOUGHTON HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon A section on the right side of Gillas Lane above the Hall Lane junction was named Warden Grove when private houses were built there post WWII, opposite these, Council houses were built and remained just Gillas Lane and numbered, those in High and Low Gillas Lane were given and still have, house names only. Gillas and Gillis are derivations of Gillies, a Scottish word meaning servant, and a “Ghillie” was a term used for an outdoor servant. In times past the land owners in this area of Houghton-le-Spring would require the services of “Ghillies” or “Gillies”. Hence “ Gillies Lane ” became “ Gillas Lane ”.

An old OK TRAVEL bus parked outside of the Shoppers Paradise store, Houghton-le-Spring, circa 1975. The 161 service ran from Low Moorsley, via Houghton and on to Sunderland.
A black and white stiped Wear bus parked in the Broadway, Houghton. The X94 service ran to Newcastle.
HOUGHTON HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon
Where is the Royal Wedding Street Party taking place in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011? Come along to the party! Bring a plate of food and a bottle!
Where is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Street party taking place in Houghton-le-Spring in 2012?
Rare back lane postcards of Houghton le Spring. Do they exist?
HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING, The Jewel in the Crown of the Prince Bishops". It is of 30 minutes duration, produced by David Cave, Photographs and Historical Research by Ken Richardson

The Old Bank, formerly Jaks Bar, Sunderland Street, originated as a branch of the North-Eastern Banking Company Ltd.
Houghton on the 1911 census

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The Buffs Club is now know as Buffaloes Club - the Wild West has come to Houghton!
Stoneygate Water Pumping station and reservoir
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Woolworths store in Houghton-le-Spring closed down in December 2008. george davenport leicestershire
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Sedgeletch Farm is located next to Sedgeletch Sewerage Farm, down the road from the Beehive Pub www.stmichaels-hls.org.uk
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The UK's biggest ever assembled collection of Mining banners will be on display in Houghton-le-Spring this Saturday. hooughton feast
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My dad was a pupil at Houghton Grammar School from about 1947-1952 when he left to do his national service. Is there a website or somewhere where I can find out the history of the school or obtain copies of records? Do you know of a Houghton Old Boys website or network? I know of one or two famous old boys.
Was Houghton Cut once known as Houghton Cut? An old picture postcard features the words Houghton Gut, but was this a printing error? Or was the Cut a Gut?
Workhouse, Market Place, New Town, Church Street, St Michael's church, Kepier Grammar School, Newbottle Street, Sunderland Street, cemetery, Houghton Hill, Houghton Pit; Sunniside, Over the Hill Farm, and Middle Haining.
Houghton on the 1911 census
In 1849, Houghton-le-Spring Union had about 20,000 persons, with 22 deaths from Cholera and 11 from diarrhoea.
Vine Place, Houghton-le-Spring
Gravel Walks, Houghton-le-Spring
Rare back lane postcards of Houghton le Spring. Do they exist?
Worked in Newbottle Big Club, also known as the Workingmens Club; worked in the Jolly Potters, Newbottle, and also the Barley Mow Inn at Birtley.
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Stoneygate Water Pumping station and reservoir
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Winter's Bank, near Chilton Moor, is named after the nearby Winter's Farm, Houghton-le-Spring
John BELL of Houghton le Spring, County Durham. Engineer.
Nesham Place Methodist Church (Formerly United Methodist pre ‘Deed of Union’ 1932) Last service Harvest Festival Sunday 21 September 1980
Mautland Street Methodist Church (Primitive pre ‘Deed of Union 1932) Opened 1876 Closed Sunday 22 July 1979 in preparation for demolition (church only, not halls) and re-building to become ‘Houghton-le-Spring Methodist Church’. See Jack Jordison re original Meth Church in Robinson? Union? Street

Houghton-le-Spring Baptist Chapel
Eschol Church, Burn Promenade, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4

William WHELDON of Houghton le Spring, County Durham. Wheelwright.
HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon John Bell is selling property in Houghton le Spring t William Wheldon for £165. It consists of a house known as 32 Outram Street, Houghton le Spring. A schedule lists deed relating to the property from 1901 - 1916 at which time the land was known as Gravel Walk Fields.
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Old tithe barn in Houghton-le-Spring Kepier Hall bookings

The Houghton Wyverns. Have you seen the Houghton-le-Spring Wyverns? They can be found in St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham.
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456/7/20 Broadway , Houghton-le-Spring , Houghton-le-Spring Area Offices of Sunderland City Council
456/7/18 Broadway , Houghton-le-Spring , Church of St. Michael and All Angels
456/7/21 Church Street , Houghton-le-Spring , Kepier Grammar School
456/7/22 Church Street , Houghton-le-Spring , Davenport and Lilburne Almshouses
456/7/24 Church Street, 11 , Houghton-le-Spring , Lilburn House
456/4/26 Cox Green Road , Houghton-le-Spring , Stone at junction with Woodhouse Lane.
456/4/27 Cox Green , Houghton-le-Spring , Accommodation Arch in railway embankment North of Low Lambton Farm
456/2/25 Cox Green , Houghton-le-Spring , Alice Well, North of No. 5
456/7/28 Dairy Lane , Houghton-le-Spring , The Villa (office of the Clerk to the Justices).
456/7/29 Dairy Lane , Houghton-le-Spring , The Rectory
456/7/32 Durham Road , Houghton-le-Spring , Presbytery of Church of St. Michael
456/7/31 Durham Road , Houghton-le-Spring , Church of St. Michael
456/7/30 Durham Road , Houghton-le-Spring , The Old Mill Public House
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Marriage of Olga daughter of Mr & Mrs John Lishman of Houghton-le-Spring to Mr Cyril Arthur Smith BA son of Rev J & Mrs Smith MA, Hetton-le-Hole 7th September 1927
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Rare photos of the old Mautland Street Methodist Church before it was demolished. Kepier Hall bookings

Sportman's Tavern pub, Reay's Place, Newtown, Houghton-le-Spring, Durham

The Old Bank, formerly Jaks Bar, Sunderland Street, originated as a branch of the North-Eastern Banking Company Ltd.
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Houghton-le-Spring Drill Hall is also known as Houghton Drill Hall and was located next to Henry Street and Edwin Street, DH5 Mary le Spring was sister of John le Spring

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Newbottle Street was formerly known as Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, as there was only one row of buildings (on the east side).
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Marriage of Olga daughter of Mr & Mrs John Lishman of Houghton-le-Spring to Mr Cyril Arthur Smith BA son of Rev J & Mrs Smith MA, Hetton-le-Hole 7th September 1927
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Workhouse, Market Place, New Town, Church Street, St Michael's church, Kepier Grammar School, Newbottle Street, Sunderland Street, cemetery, Houghton Hill, Houghton Pit; Sunniside, Over the Hill Farm, and Middle Haining.
J.Hunter, photographer, Newbottle Street
Worked in Newbottle Big Club, also known as the Workingmens Club; worked in the Jolly Potters, Newbottle, and also the Barley Mow Inn at Birtley.
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Do you want to see the new Heritage Centre in Houghton Le Spring open soon?
Houghton-le-Spring Street Names Project aims to compile a list of all the Houghton streets along with details of where and how the streets obtained their names. Obvious streets include Gilpin Street, Grey Street and Bernard Street. But what was Bowlby Street named after?
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Houghton-le-Spring Community Times magazine is not available online
Houghton on the 1911 census
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Her Royal Highness, Kate Middleton's ancestors came from Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring.
Kate's great-grandfather would often visit Houghton-le-Spring. Find out more about Houghton's heritage in this website.
Kate Middleton, Hetton-le-Hole. Royal's ancestors from mining village, Hetton and Houghton in County Durham.
Kate's great-grandfather, John Harrison, b. Barrington Terrace, Hetton Le Hole, co. Durham, 25 July 1874 [entry no. 90], in 1891 1897 1901 and 1904 a coal miner, in 1934 a miner, d. ... m. Register Office, Houghton le Spring, co. Durham, 23 Feb. 1897 [entry no. 112], from: http://www.wargs.com/other/middleton.html
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Where in County Durham did Kate Middleton's ancestors come from?
Find out about Houghton Le Spring's history and heritage online at: http://www.houghton-le-spring.org.uk
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st michael and all angels church houghton le spring parish records GWILLIAM, Rev Canon Oswald 1916–1920 (Ma B) One of the oldest Blues, the Rev Canon Oswald Gwilliam (MB 16-20) died in February 1997. He studied at St Chad's College, Durham, was ordained in 1926/7 and served in the diocese of Durham throughout his ministry. After a long curacy in Gateshead he was vicar successively of Holy Trinity, South Shields (1932-41), Seaham with Seaham Harbour (1941-48) and Houghton-le-Spring (1948-71). He was made an honorary canon of Durham Cathedral in 1953. In advanced old age he was living in a caravan outside Carlisle.
Find out more about the mining history of Houghton le Spring, its miners, pit ponies and life at Houghton Colliery.
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Was Houghton Cut once known as Houghton Cut? An old picture postcard features the words Houghton Gut, but was this a printing error? Or was the Cut a Gut?
J.Hunter, photographer, Newbottle Street
Stocksfield Terrace, Houghton le Spring, one of three cottages
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Houghton-le-Spring Drill Hall is also known as Houghton Drill Hall and was located next to Henry Street and Edwin Street, DH5 seaham hall ghostly sightings

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The new Houghton-le-Spring Heritage book - "Houghton-le-Spring in Old photographs Volume 1" is released on Thursday February 18th 2010
Rare photos of the old Mautland Street Methodist Church before it was demolished.
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Where is the Royal Wedding Street Party taking place in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011? Come along to the party! Bring a plate of food and a bottle!
Where is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Street party taking place in Houghton-le-Spring in 2012?

What is the address of the Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Centre? The Heritage Centre can be contacted at www.houghtonheritage.co.uk or via Dubmire Court, Fencehouses, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 5NF.
Marriage of Olga daughter of Mr & Mrs John Lishman of Houghton-le-Spring to Mr Cyril Arthur Smith BA son of Rev J & Mrs Smith MA, Hetton-le-Hole 7th September 1927
Workhouse, Market Place, New Town, Church Street, St Michael's church, Kepier Grammar School, Newbottle Street, Sunderland Street, cemetery, Houghton Hill, Houghton Pit; Sunniside, Over the Hill Farm, and Middle Haining.
Over the Hill Farm is in Houghton le Spring.
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Do you know how old the Tythe Barn is in Houghton Rectory Park, Houghton-le-Spring? When does it date from?
What is a tithe barn? Have you ever been inside it?
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1981 - The last underground shift was completed at Houghton Colliery on Thursday September 24th. Colliery staff who had not opted for voluntary redundancy were transferred to Seaham, Vane Tempest, Eppleton and Wearmouth pits, and the Philadelphia Workshops and Herrington Colliery (New Pit). The workforce at this time was circa 250. The powder house was demolished and rebuilt at Beamish Museum; Tory Thatcher demolished the coal industry, never to be rebuilt. The electrical sub-station (pictured above) is the only remaining Colliery building still in Houghton.

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2003 – A new Houghton Colliery banner was commissioned by Houghton & Lambton Banner Group and was created by Dr Aidan Doyle. Paul Lanagan helped to carry it in the Durham Miner’s Gala.
The most important time in the Christian calendar is approaching – Easter – and I wonder how many Houghtonians are aware that a gnarled and crabby hawthorn tree growing near to the Old Rectory and Houghton Area Office could have a distant connection to the crucifixion of the Christ.
Known as the Gilpin Thorn, this hawthorn tree is thought to have grown from a cutting taken from the legendary Glastonbury Thorn in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey by Bernard Gilpin, rector of Houghton 1557 to 1583.
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Ravensbourne House, Hetton Road, in Houghton-le-Spring. Also located near by is Dene House Farm.
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The Copt Hill Inn, located on the Seaham road opposite the site of the Seven Sisters Neolithic barrow excavation, is said to be haunted by the tormented spirit of a former landlord who had hung himself in the public bar. Over the years his ghost has been seen by several regulars who all claim that the departed mein host re-enacts his death.
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Stott's Pasture, or Stot's Pasture as it is sometimes recorded, is located in Houghton-le-Spring, next to Golf Cuorse Road. This area borders Sunniside/Sedgeletch, Newbottle and Shiney Row.
It is thought that Houghton Hall was built circa 1600. I have heard many firsthand accounts of sightings of a ghost which haunts the Hall - the white lady. It is possible that the spirit of Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of one time resident Sir George Elliot, haunts the former YMCA building.
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If the stories are true, the Robbie Burns public house on Newbottle Street must be one of the most haunted places in the Houghton area.
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Rev'd Canon Sue Pinnington is the new Rector of St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton-le-Spring Medieval rectors probably never even visited Houghton-le-Spring.
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"Cholera outbreak in Houghton-le-Spring and the town has been quarantined. Keep away!"
Work on a town’s church has revealed that the site may have been used for ritual and worship for thousands of years.
Newbottle Street was formerly known as Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, as there was only one row of buildings (on the east side).
Major refurbishment work on the Grade I-listed St Michael and All Angels church in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, began last month and has involved digging up the floor to install a new heating system.
A view in ink of an old house at Houghton-le-Spring
The church, dating back to Norman times, is the oldest building in the town.
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A carved stone above a tiny doorway, featuring a carving of mysterious intertwined animals known as the Houghton Beasts, may be from before the Norman Conquest.

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We used to shop Mautland Square shops, right next to the Mautland Street chapel
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Workhouse, Market Place, New Town, Church Street, St Michael's church, Kepier Grammar School, Newbottle Street, Sunderland Street, cemetery, Houghton Hill, Houghton Pit; Sunniside, Over the Hill Farm, and Middle Haining.
In later years the Carrs of Cocken and High Grange were called Standish-Standish. Around 1812, William Carr of Cocken inherited some Cheshire lands and a title through his great grandmother. He became William Standish-Standish of Duxbury Hall but resided at Cocken where he died in 1856. He was buried in a cliff face in Houghton cut near Houghton-le-Spring because the churchyards were too full of bodies from the Sunderland cholera epidemic. Some local people claim Standish-Standish committed suicide by riding his horse off this cliff and his ghost is said to haunt the site.
Houghton-le-Spring Street Names Project aims to compile a list of all the Houghton streets along with details of where and how the streets obtained their names. Obvious streets include Gilpin Street, Grey Street and Bernard Street. But what was Bowlby Street named after?
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The Old Bank, formerly Jaks Bar, Sunderland Street, originated as a branch of the North-Eastern Banking Company Ltd.
In 1849, Houghton-le-Spring Union had about 20,000 persons, with 22 deaths from Cholera and 11 from diarrhoea.
Janet Oakman, born circa 1773 in Ireland. Janet worked as a Charwoman and was living in the Union Workhouse in Houghton Le Spring, Durham, in 1861
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Old shops on Newbottle Street, Houghton le Spring:
the London lending library
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barbers
haberdashery
Entrance to Graysons market
Elsie Jackson ladies wear
Shoe store
Carricks bakery
Holts Billiard Room
Newcastle Arms
Woolworths
Jaconelli
Nicholson (wet fish shop)
Optician
Dry cleaners
Davisons bakery
Dickinsons tobacconist
Doggarts
Burtons
Hopes chemists
Opening to Mautland Street
Wheatleys Sweet shop
Wheatleys green grocer
Gas Board Showroom
Walter Wilsons grocery
Department store
Betty's sweet shop

When is Heritage Open Days (HODs) 2011?
Houghton Heritage Walk 2011 on Saturday September 10th 2011 - see you then, for a heritage walk around Houghton-le-Spring 2011 HODs.
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Newbottle Street Junior School County of Durham Education Committee This school was opened on 15 Dec 1906 by T.Richardson Esq., C.C
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Robbie Burns
Greenhows
Timms department store
Stangers butcher
Fosters Chippie
Lamb Inn
Houghton-le-Spring Street Names Project aims to compile a list of all the Houghton streets along with details of where and how the streets obtained their names. Obvious streets include Gilpin Street, Grey Street and Bernard Street. But what was Bowlby Street named after?
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view of mansion, with, approaching on the right, two horsemen with a pack of fox hounds. Murton House, built in 1709, is more usually known as Morton House, and is near Fence Houses.

Winter's Bank, near Chilton Moor, is named after the nearby Winter's Farm, Houghton-le-Spring
Field House Sandhole is not far from Houghton le Spring. High Haining and Middle Haining are also nearby.

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Was Houghton Cut once known as Houghton Cut? An old picture postcard features the words Houghton Gut, but was this a printing error? Or was the Cut a Gut?

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Birth: Dec 1924 - Houghton Le Spring, Durham

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Nylon Stocking Murder, June 1950. Donald Westgarth Davidson, baker from Houghton-le-Spring, accused of murdering Agnes Walsh, 22, an Irish girl, in Piccadily, London. Explosion at Finchale Abbey, shot himself in the head.

Christmas in Houghton-le-Spring and lots of white, soft, snow, ready for the Christmas Fair and Christmas Fayre. 1664 – George Davenport, MA – from Leicester, rebuilt the Rectory from the ground, and founded three of the Almshouses.

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"Cholera outbreak in Houghton-le-Spring and the town has been quarantined. Keep away!"
St Michael & All Angels Churchyard Burials for 1581 - 1854
Hillside Cemetery Burials for 1854 - 1971
Names from St Michael's Church Magazine Names from Baptisms, Churchings, Marriages, Burials & Donations 1884 - 1889
Houghton-le-Spring Directories Trade & Residential 1827, 1829, 1851, 1855, 1890 and 1914
A tank parked outside of Robinson's Brewery on Durham Road, Houghton-le-Spring, during the First World War.
Frederick Denby of Houghton, joined the Durham Light Infantry, was a prisoner of war for four years and returned home at Christmas 1918.
Soldiers marched along Church Street, Houghton-le-Spring, 1940.
Bombing raids in World War 2 in Houghton-le-Spring, included four high explosive bombs being dropped onto Houghton Cut in July 1940, and an incendiary bomb being dropped between Houghton and Seaham in March 1943.
Houghton-le-Spring's adopted warship is HMS Welland, which was adopted during Warship Week in December 1941.
George Fenton of Houghton served with 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, and was a Prisoner of War in Stalag 8B.
During the Second World War, in 1941,a Hurricane fighter tried to make an emergency landing on Houghon Golf Course. The pilot Sergeant Frank Stamp of the Royal Canadian Air Force sadly lost his life.
Captain William Brown, a Territorial Officer, was a solicitor in the Sunderland Street firm of Legge & Miller.

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Newbottle Street was formerly known as Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, as there was only one row of buildings (on the east side).
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HOUGHTON HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon
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In Houghton-le-Spring there were thirteen cotmanni, each of whom held twelve acres of land, and wrought for the lord two days in each week throughout the year; and four days at harvest, with all their family, except the housewife, and each rendered one hen and five eggs. [Boldon Book] Cotarii were cottagers who had a small portion of land and pair rent to the lord.
Marriage of Olga daughter of Mr & Mrs John Lishman of Houghton-le-Spring to Mr Cyril Arthur Smith BA son of Rev J & Mrs Smith MA, Hetton-le-Hole 7th September 1927

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Houghton-le-Spring Street Names Project aims to compile a list of all the Houghton streets along with details of where and how the streets obtained their names. Obvious streets include Gilpin Street, Grey Street and Bernard Street. But what was Bowlby Street named after?
Houghton
Durham, 6½ miles (N. E.) from Durham, and 266 (N. N. W.) from London; containing 16,833 inhabitants, of whom 2084 are in the town. This place, which takes its name from a family to whom it belonged soon after the Conquest, is one of the great manors of the see of Durham. It is beautifully situated in a luxuriant vale, sheltered on the north and east by a lofty chain of hills, and opening towards the south and west into an extensive and richly cultivated plain, interspersed with large tracts of majestic woods, and abounding with romantic scenery. The town has been increasing within the last twenty years, and contains numerous spacious and handsome houses, inhabited by opulent families; nearly in the centre of it is Houghton Hall, the ancient mansion of the family of Hutton, now extinct, a plain edifice of the 16th century, of which the exterior has been lately much improved. The trade arises chiefly from the numerous coal-mines in the neighbourhood; and nearly adjoining the place are an iron-foundry and forge, in which a large number of persons are employed. A fair is held on the Sunday after New Michaelmas-day, and continues for the two following days, when there are horse-races and various other amusements. The seneschal of the Bishop of Durham holds a halmote court twice in the year, for the recovery of debts not amounting to 40s.; and petty-sessions for the division are held every alternate week by the county magistrates. The parish, which is bounded on the north by the river Wear, comprises the townships of South Bidick, Bourn-Moor, Cocken, Great and Little Eppleton, East and Middle Herrington, West Herrington, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, Moorhouse, Moorsley, Morton-Grange, Newbottle, Offerton, Painshaw, East and West Rainton, and Warden-Law. It contains about 14,600 acres, and in the township of Houghton are 1475a. 14p.; of the latter, 893 acres are arable, 554 grass-land, 10 wood, and 17 waste. Freestone and limestone are quarried; and coal of the best quality is sent in large quantities to the London market, where it commands the highest prices: the greater part is conveyed by railway to the ports of Sunderland and Seaham. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £124; net income, according to the return made in 1835, £2157; patron, the Bishop. The tithes of Houghton township have been commuted for £261, and the glebe consists of 343 acres. The church, situated in the centre of the town, is an ancient cruciform structure in the early and decorated English styles, with a massive central tower, which was originally only about half its present height. The nave is divided from the aisles by ranges of clustered columns; and from the area beneath the tower, which is supported on four massive clustered columns, lofty pointed arches lead into the transepts and the choir: the east and west windows, of five lights, are of large dimensions and of elegant design. In the south transept are, a recumbent effigy of an armed knight, and an altar-tomb to the memory of the venerable Bernard Gilpin, many years rector of the parish. It may be noticed as a singular instance of longevity connected with this church, that in the year 1841, the rector was in his 78th year, the clerk in his 80th, the sextoness in her 86th, and the youngest of the attendant officers in the 76th year of his age. At Painshaw, Hetton-le-Hole, and other places, are additional churches. There are meeting-houses for Baptists, Independents, and Wesleyans, and a Roman Catholic chapel. The Kepier Free Grammar school, situated at the north-east angle of the churchyard, was founded by letters-patent of Queen Elizabeth, in 1574, and endowed by Bernard Gilpin, and John Heath, Esq., of Kepier, near Durham, for the education of youth in the classics and higher departments of learning. The funds were augmented by Sir Geo. Wheler and the Rev. H. Bagshaw, subsequent rectors of the parish. The whole endowment, including a house with ample accommodation for 70 boarders, is now about £200 per annum; and attached to the school is an exhibition to any one of the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, or Durham. Among the many eminent men educated in the establishment, over which the original founder himself, to a certain extent, presided, giving personal instruction in his own study to several of the pupils, have been Hugh Broughton, a distinguished Hebrew scholar, and Dr. George Carleton, Bishop of Chichester, the biographer of Gilpin. The Blue-coat school was founded by the Rev. Sir George Wheler, who bequeathed for its endowment £600, which sum was invested in land, producing an income of £80 per annum. An hospital originally founded by Bernard Gilpin, for six aged people, was rebuilt and endowed by George Lilburne, Esq., and the Rev. George Davenport, formerly rector of the parish; the buildings are situated near the grammar school, and consist of a centre and two wings, each containing two tenements. The union workhouse is a substantial stone building: the union comprises 15 townships in the parish, and the township of Silksworth in the adjoining parish of Bishop-Wearmouth, and contains a population of 16,067. Dr. Samuel Ward, an eminent divine, and master of Sydney-Sussex College, Cambridge, who died in 1643, was a native of the parish. From: 'Houghton, Glass - Hove', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) 1847 – Rev & Hon John Grey, MD, DD – founder of the controversial Houghton Hillside Cemetery, where he was buried upon his death in 1895.
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Houghton le Spring stall at Yesterday Belongs to You 9, Durham County Hall, Saturday May 16th 2009
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Birth: Dec 1924 - Houghton Le Spring, Durham
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Events in parks - Family Fun Day Friday 21 Aug 09 2.00pm till 4.00pm FREE Houghton Rectory Park Tel: 0191 5618433 An exciting afternoon of magic, with face painting and craft sessions to enjoy throughout. Event information may be subject to change or cancellation, please check before travelling. Sunderland City Council makes every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information on this website but cannot accept responsibility for any error or alteration to details which may occur.
Archaeologist Peter Ryder, of Riding Mill in Northumberland, said: “It looks like a prehistoric site. We can’t think of any other reason why these very large boulders should be inside the church.” Under the central tower of the church, which was restored in about 1350, the work has uncovered huge Roman stones thought to have come from a Roman temple.
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J.Hunter, photographer, Newbottle Street
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A view in ink of an old house at Houghton-le-Spring
Christmas in Houghton-le-Spring and lots of white, soft, snow, ready for the Christmas Fair and Christmas Fayre. 1948 – Oswald Noel Gwilliam, BA – he helped to rejuvenate the Houghton Feast celebrations. He died in 1997.
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Christmas in Houghton-le-Spring and lots of white, soft, snow, ready for the Christmas Fair and Christmas Fayre. 1995 – Dr Ian G Wallis – left in 2007.
Amazingly, at one time during the early twentieth century, Houghton and surrounds had over twenty pubs and clubs! These included George & the Dragon; Houghton Comrades; Houghton Social Club; The Bay Horse; The Black Horse; The Brittania Hotel; The Buffs; The Burn Inn; The Colliery Inn; The County; The Glendale Club; The Half Way House; The Jolly Farmer; The Lamb Inn; The Lambton Arms; The Malsters' Arms; The Market Tavern; The Nags Head; The Newcastle Arms; The Queen's Head (known as the Pillars); The Ram's Head Inn; Ye Robbie Burns; The Royal Oak Inn; The Sun; The Wheatsheaf.
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A workhouse of sorts existed in Houghton-le-Spring in 1777, with a larger institution being erected in 1824 with a capacity of 200 inmates. This workhouse was located on the east side of the now demolished Sunderland Street and was still in use when the Poor Law Union was established in 1837. The building soon became dilapidated and was replaced with a purpose-made building on William Street in 1864.
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In Houghton-le-Spring there were thirteen cotmanni, each of whom held twelve acres of land, and wrought for the lord two days in each week throughout the year; and four days at harvest, with all their family, except the housewife, and each rendered one hen and five eggs. [Boldon Book]
Cotarii were cottagers who had a small portion of land and pair rent to the lord.
Was Houghton Cut once known as Houghton Cut? An old picture postcard features the words Houghton Gut, but was this a printing error? Or was the Cut a Gut?
Houghton Halmote Court
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What is the name of the new JD Weatherspoons in Houghton-le-Spring? It is called THE WILD BOAR, Wild BoarFrederick Place, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH4 4BN.
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HOUGHTON-le-SPRING Co. Durham COLISEUM Newbottle Street Opened Wednesday 3rd August 1921. Architect: Percy L. Browne & Glover. Props., Messrs John Lishman and Norman Robinson. 1937: (WE) Prop., Lishman & Robinson. 1,002 seats. By 1941: (WE) – Prop., John Lishman. Phone 87. 999 seats. Booked at Hall by C. Lane. Twice nightly, Mon. and Sat. Once nightly rest of week. Prices 7d. to 1s. 2d. Pro­scenium width 28ft. Phone Houghton-le Spring 137. Station, Fence Houses LNER. EMPIRE THEATRE Newbottle Street Opened 1912. Prop., Wheatley. 1922 - Prop., Empire Entertainment Co Res. Man., Robert Wheatley. One show nightly, two on Sat. Station, Houghton-le-Spring, NER. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., Houghton Empire Theatre, Ltd. 600 seats. 1929: Robert Wheatley, manager. 1937: (WE) Houghton Empire Theatre Ltd. 600 seats. Phone 52. 1941: Booked at Hall by G. Wheatley. One show nightly, two on Mon. and Sat, Prices 3d. to 1s. Phone Houghton 52. Station Fence Houses LNER. GAIETY THEATRE Opened c.1911. Architect: J. Davenport. Prop. John Ainsley. 1922 as New G Th - Prop., J. Ainsley. Res. Man., R. Ainsley. One show nightly. One change weekly. Prices, 4d. to 2s. 4d. Phone, Houghton-le-Spring 43. Station Fencehouses, NER. Closed & demolished 1929 for New Grand. CLASSIC / ESSOLDO / New GRAND THEATRE Newbottle Street Opened 21st April 1930 – on site of Gaiety. Architect: Percy L. Browne. 1,077 seats. 1937 as New Grand: (WE) Lishman & Robinson. 1,077 seats. Phone 137. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., John Lishman. 1,010 seats. Booked at Hall. Twice nightly Mon. and Sat. Once nightly rest of week, Prices 7d. to 1s. 2d. Proscenium width 30ft. Stage, 30ft. deep; six dressing rooms, Phone Houghton 137. Station, Fence Houses, LNER. To Mrs. Lishman. To Essoldo February 1952. Re-named October 1962. OR February 1963. To Classic 2nd April 1972. Closed March 1975. Converted to supermarket. THEATRE ROYAL S. James (1907) TOWN HALL PICTURE PALACE 1914: Prop., N. British Pic Co. Cap. 500. 1 Oct 1693 Jacob Watson married Elizabeth Smith 6 May 1697 Lawrence Sprott married Margery Forster 1 Jun 1697 George Smith married Frances Featenby 5 Jun 1697 William Waistell married Elizabeth Atcheson 21 Dec 1699 William Atkinson married Jane Wranham 10 Feb 1699 Matthew Shaw married Mary Reed
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Winter's Bank, near Chilton Moor, is named after the nearby Winter's Farm, Houghton-le-Spring

In 1854, following a cholera outbreak, Hillside Cemetery was consecrated next to The Cut, on the site of an old quarry. The burial ground was the subject of much controversy, as many Houghtonians didn't like the idea of being buried in a "quarry hole".
Stott's Pasture, or Stot's Pasture as it is sometimes recorded, is located in Houghton-le-Spring, next to Golf Cuorse Road. This area borders Sunniside/Sedgeletch, Newbottle and Shiney Row. The nearby village of Houghton itself was originally a rural farming community and the famous Durham white ox was bred in the parish. Among several local buildings of prominence was Kepier Grammar School, founded in 1574, and The Davenport Almshouses of 1688. The industrial revolution had little impact on Houghton until the 19th century, when Houghton Colliery was sunk by the Earl of Durham in 1823. The pit triggered a population and house building explosion, with the number of villagers rising from 996 in 1801 to 7,858 a century later.
Stott's Pasture, or Stot's Pasture as it is sometimes recorded, is located in Houghton-le-Spring, next to Golf Cuorse Road. This area borders Sunniside/Sedgeletch, Newbottle and Shiney Row. By 1848, an "extensive ironworks" was being run by Mr George Hopper in the area too, which "gave employment to a great number of hands". And an Ordnance Survey map, published in 1856, shows an ironworks, workhouse, two chapels, a steam corn mill and gasworks. As building work continued in the village, so the need to further develop Houghton Cut became more pressing. By 1910, Houghton boasted five chapels and a church, as well as an infectious diseases hospital, and even had its own tram service.
Thanks for the Memories: Recollections of Fence Houses, Lambton, Burnmoor, Chilton Moor, Dubmire and Bankhead, by Lena Cooper (Summerhill Books, £9.99).
Newbottle Street was formerly known as Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, as there was only one row of buildings (on the east side).
Myre Hall Divisional Education Office was in Houghton le Spring.
Would you like to have a free tour of Houghton Park? Come on the tour of Houghton Rectory Park to find out about its history and heritage.

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Click here to find out about the Royal Wedding Street Party in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011. Join us as we celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton. The party will start in Houghton at 12noon and is open to all residents. All you have to do is bring a plate of food and a bottle of drink (non alcoholic) and a packet of balloons and party poppers.
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In 1826, Houghton-le-Spring parish covered an enormous area, including several communities which would later be large enough to carve their own parishes out of the mother church of Saint Michael's. At the time, this parish included Houghton-le-Spring itself, Colliery Row, Shiney Row, Newbottle, The Herringtons, Warden Law, Copt Hill, Hetton-le-Hole, Hetton-le-Hill, Easington Lane, The Raintons, Moorsley, Leamside, Morton Grange, Fence Houses, Chilton Moor, Philadelphia, Wapping, Lambton, Bournmoor, Lumley and Cocken. The burial registers also include a few stragglers from the neighbouring parishes of Seaham, Easington, Pittington, Chester-le-Street, Penshaw and Bishopwearmouth. The registers for 1826-54 cover the cholera epidemic of 1830-31 and the Houghton Colliery Disaster of November 1850. Until August 1833, the registers listed the names of the parents of deceased children, an uncommon practice in Anglican churches of the period and a priceless bonus for genealogists. One of the children of Thomas Hepburn, the leader of the Northumberland and Durham miners in the great strikes of 1831 and 1832, is recorded. The old graveyard at Houghton was finally closed in 1854, replaced by Houghton Cut Cemetery. This was in turn replaced by the new Houghton Cemetery in 1892. We will be be covering Houghton burials after 1854 and before 1826 kepier grammar school history of houghton colliery houghton-le-spring journey through time houghton-le-spring books haughton le springs most haunted homes in seaham houghton heritage trail william scott newland hull

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The Houghton Wyverns. Have you seen the Houghton-le-Spring Wyverns? They can be found in St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham. “In the old cemetery are the vaults of several famous men of Houghton and district, and one of them contains the remains of Mr. W. Standish Standish, of Cocken Hall, who was buried at the foot of the cliff over which he fell with his horse in July, 1856. Mr Standish was an author and artist whose eminence was appreciated over a wide area. His extensive and valuable gallery of pictures, together with his unique and costly library of the rarest books, were bequeathed by him, in April, 1840, to Louis Phiippe, King of France. His Majesty deposited them in a suite of cabinets in the Louvre which he named the ‘Musee Standish’. Mr. Standish valued his paintings at £32,000 and his books at £11,000. After the revolution of 1848, The Standish Collection was removed to England and the gallery of pictures, with that by Spanish artists, was sold by public auction at Christie’s, London, in May, 1853. There were paintings by Watteau, Morale, Murilla, Velasquez and others which brought such prices as 700 guineas, 205 guineas, 380 guineas and so on. In 1848, Mr. Standish Standish offered the use of his residence at Duxbury Park to the ex-royal family of France, but the offer was declined.” www wwi houghton brian dodds mayor houghton-le-spring nicholas cowie houghton le spring railway newbottle sunderland old photos rectory park sunderland church eppleton hall house history 9 st michaels chilton moor houghton le spring rev ian wallis site uk houghton le spring old schools
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Nylon Stocking Murder, June 1950. Donald Westgarth Davidson, baker from Houghton-le-Spring, accused of murdering Agnes Walsh, 22, an Irish girl, in Piccadily, London. Explosion at Finchale Abbey, shot himself in the head.
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Where are the gallows in Houghton-le-Spring? Do you know where criminals would have been hanged in Houghton-le-Spring?
Where did Hangman's Lane, Warden Law, Houghton-le-Spring, get its name from?
Is there a hanging tree at the crossroads of Durham Road and Church Street in Houghton-le-Spring?

Her Royal Highness, Kate Middleton's ancestors came from Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring.
Kate's great-grandfather would often visit Houghton-le-Spring. Find out more about Houghton's heritage in this website.
Kate Middleton, Hetton-le-Hole. Royal's ancestors from mining village, Hetton and Houghton in County Durham.
Kate's great-grandfather, John Harrison, b. Barrington Terrace, Hetton Le Hole, co. Durham, 25 July 1874 [entry no. 90], in 1891 1897 1901 and 1904 a coal miner, in 1934 a miner, d. ... m. Register Office, Houghton le Spring, co. Durham, 23 Feb. 1897 [entry no. 112], from: http://www.wargs.com/other/middleton.html
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The rector of Houghton has sent the following additional note : As regards the name of Houghton-le-Spring, we find in the six- teenth and seventeenth centuries the form Houghton in the Springe. There are many springs in the neighbourhood, but possibly 'the springe' is the 'Holy Well (chalybeate)' marked on the older ord- nance map as existing in the garden attached to what is now 112 Newbottle street. This well, and the analogy of Chester-le-Street, Dalton-le-Dale, etc., contrasted with Witton Gilbert, etc., somewhat militates against the theory that the name is derived from Sir Henry

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School Holiday Job. I was a butcher's boy once, but it was a far cry from the movies. From 1956 to 1958 I spent my school holidays working in the back shop of Clifton's Butchers at Grasswell, near Houghton-le- Spring. Several short terraced streets ran at right angle from the main Houghton to Newbottle road, down to the embankment of the NCB railway line from Houghton pit. Clifton's shop formed the end of one terrace, with the shop front facing the main road. The Butcher's Shop. It was a typical small butchers of the time, with chrome rails above the window from which joints of meat could be hung, sturdier rails along the back wall which would support whole quarters of beef and, in between, a small counter and a sturdy butcher's block standing on a floor covered with fresh sawdust. A door in the corner led into a walk-in cold room where carcasses hung in rows. Behind the shop was a paved yard with double gates opening on to the back street and across the yard stood the 'back shop' where I spent much of my time. Mr Clifton. Mr Clifton was an imposing figure, tall and with abundant white hair. He was known locally as 'Billy' Clifton - but not by me. He had two assistants who I suppose were in their twenties. One would serve in the shop while the other went out with the travelling shop, a 5cwt Morris van. I never found out what area they covered, because that was strictly a one-man job. Both lads could turn their hand to any job, and I was there to help in any way I could. I didn't serve customers, but at the end of each day I was allowed into the front shop to sweep up the sawdust and to clean the chopping block. Using a device that looked like a big scrubbing brush, but with rows of spring steel blades about a quarter of an inch wide instead of bristles, I had to scrape and scrape at the surface until no trace of blood was visible. This wore away the end-grain wood, and the top of the block soon looked like rolling hills. Coppers and Set Pots. Out in the back shop there were two coppers. For the younger generation I should explain that a copper, or 'set pot', was a hemispheric steel bowl, about two to three feet across, set into a concrete bench with a small fireplace underneath. Once upon a time most households would have one in the scullery or washhouse for heating water and to boil the sheets in the weekly wash, The coppers at Clifton's were used mainly for cooking. One job that quickly became my responsibility was making the beef dripping. During the week all pieces of fat taken from the beef carcasses, or trimmed from individual joints when serving customers, were put to one side and stored in the cold room. A Weekly Task. Once a week I had to cut the trimmings into small pieces, and heat them in a copper to melt out the dripping. This process was known as rendering. When all the dripping had been extracted the pieces of fat would be shrivelled and crisp, and could be taken out with a slotted ladle, leaving the copper more than half full of very hot clear liquid dripping. The dripping was sold in waxed paper cartons, printed with Clifton's name and address,and a jolly drawing of a Hereford bull.

The new Houghton-le-Spring Heritage book - "Houghton-le-Spring in Old photographs Volume 1" is released on Thursday February 18th 2010 I had to set out sufficient cartons on a tray, then fill each with liquid dripping up to a pre-printed line which would give the correct weight. I think the packs weighed half a pound each. When the dripping had cooled and set, I would fold down the sides of the cartons neatly and stack them in the cold room. Nearly a Disaster. The copper was heated by a coal fire in the little grate beneath it, which I had to light and put coal on as necessary. The first time I was left to make dripping on my own there was nearly a nasty accident. What I failed to realise was that as I ladled the dripping out to fill the cartons, the level in the copper was going down but the fire was still burning brightly underneath and pumping heat into a smaller and smaller volume of hot fat. Fortunately, one of the lads returned in time to spot the blue haze in the air before there was a fire, and explained that I had to let the fire down when the rendering was finished.

Nylon Stocking Murder, June 1950. Donald Westgarth Davidson, baker from Houghton-le-Spring, accused of murdering Agnes Walsh, 22, an Irish girl, in Piccadily, London. Explosion at Finchale Abbey, shot himself in the head.
Mincemeat. We also made mincemeat on the premises. The mince was always as fresh as the joints on sale. Mince could go off very quickly and so was not prepared in bulk, in fact sometimes when a customer asked for mince the butcher would cut a piece of meat and mince it on the spot. Sausages. The criteria for sausages were rather more elastic. Most of the meat going into sausages was the trimmings which were left after cutting saleable joints, and scraps cut away from the big bones. Although we did not have the abomination of 'mechanically recovered meat' in those days, it was important not to waste a scrap, and one of the things that made a butcher profitable was his skill with the boning knife. What's a Slatch?. There might also be a few joints which had failed to sell within a day or two of being cut and which, while still edible, no longer looked inviting. I remember a great debate one particular day when a piece of meat was sniffed repeatedly and passed back and forth as the two assistants tried to decide whether or not it had a 'slatch' (an off smell). Any joint that did go off went into the waste bin along with the bones, to be collected periodically by an evil-smelling lorry. Sausage making went on in the back shop. I was allowed to use the electric mincer (under supervision) and fetch and carry ingredients. What Goes into a Sausage? Then, as now, sausages were made of meat, a cereal based filler known as 'rusk', a blend of seasonings and spices, and some water to make the mixture workable. The whole was mixed in a large electric food-mixer which stood on the bench next to the manual sausage machine. Think of the caulking guns used to squeeze mastic around window frames and into cracks, then imagine one with a barrel about two feet long and eight or ten inches in diameter. A large rotary handle drove a the barrel. At the business end was a highly polished chrome nozzle, at least a foot long. How the Sausages Are Made. To make sausages the butcher took a sausage skin (known in the trade as a 'casing') several feet long, which had been soaked to make it pliable, and worked the whole length of it onto the nozzle, bunching it up as he went. I had to fill the barrel with sausage meat and turn the handle as smoothly as possible to drive the plunger down the barrel and force the mixture out of the nozzle. The butcher held the casing at the tip of the nozzle and, by varying the pressure of his grip, regulated the speed at which the casing was pulled off the nozzle by the emerging mixture. The Skill of Sausage Making. If his grip was too slack the sausage would not be properly filled; too tight and it would overfill and burst. This was a very skilled job, and I never got the hang of it. Then he would link the sausages, a twisting movement too quick for the eye to follow, that turned one long rope of sausage into a chain of sets of three sausages linked to each other and to the sets at either side. Needless to say, I never learned to do this either. But I was very good at washing the mixer and the sausage machine afterwards in a copper of hot water. Most sausage casings were factory-made and bought from a wholesaler. One day one of the butchers took me along when he went to collect casings and spices from Newcastle. houghton le spring conservation area A Visit to Newcastle's Meat Centre. The shop was near the Cattle Market, a traditional auction mart with pens in the open air, which stood at the head of the Scotswood Road, just down the road from Marlborough Crescent bus station. For those who only know modern Newcastle, it was in the area between the 'Life' science centre and Redheugh Bridge, that now has a newly-built hotel and multi-storey car park.
Stott's Pasture, or Stot's Pasture as it is sometimes recorded, is located in Houghton-le-Spring, next to Golf Cuorse Road. This area borders Sunniside/Sedgeletch, Newbottle and Shiney Row. The inaugural general meeting was held on February 19th 2009 and a Constitution was adopted on April 28th 2009.Friends of Houghton Rectory Park. Houghton Kepier School Rose Garden is the new name for the Rose Garden. Houghton Rectory Park fountain. Is the Gilpin Thorn still alive. Where did the rock fountain in Rectory Park come from? Did it come from the Mediterranean? Meat Trade Shops in Newcastle. There was a long row of shops facing the mart, along the lower half of Marlborough Crescent and Scotswood Road, all of them connected with the meat trade in some way; retail and wholesale butchers and suppliers of butchers' equipment and sundries. Almost all of them are long gone. The shop we visited was an Aladdin's cave of everything a butcher could want except meat. There was a wall of shiny equipment; knives, cleavers, saws, steels use of, ovenware and containers of all shapes and sizes, chopping blocks, wrapping paper, paper bags, and of course the sundries that we had come for. Killing Animals for Food. In describing life in a butcher's shop, sooner or later we have to talk about killing animals, a very emotive subject now but then hardly questioned at all. Today most butchery is done in large, centralised abattoirs, but things were very different then. Billy Clifton was licensed to slaughter pigs and sheep in his own back yard, but not bullocks, which had to go to Houghton slaughterhouse, somewhere in the back streets off Sunderland Street. The whole process of converting a dead animal into saleable products was carried out on the premises and nothing was wasted that could be used. The sheep carcasses would be skinned and the whole skins were sold to a dealer, or sent for tanning then sold in the shop as rugs. Pigs' intestines were valued as the original and natural casings for sausages. That's why there are still two different sizes of sausages today the thick ones were originally made from the large intestine of the pig, and the thinner chipolatas from the small intestine. Sausage Skins. One pig had yards and yards of intestines and the process of preparing them for use was quite time-consuming. First they had to be drawn under the back of a knife from end to end to force out the contents, then washed through several times with salty water poured into the tubing through a funnel, then left to soak until ready for use. White Tripe. A similar cleaning process turned animal stomachs into pure white tripe ready for poaching in milk. I admired the intricate sculptural patterns on the inside surface of the tripe but I could never bring myself to try it, having been put off by my mother's assertion that it was 'like eating stewed knitting'.
HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon Black Pudding. The blood that I had caught was the main ingredient in black pudding, along with finely chopped animal fat, seasonings and (I think) some oatmeal. I had to hold a large casing upright in a dish while the butcher poured the mixture in from a jug. Then he tied the top tightly and it was dropped into boiling water. When it floated to the top, it was done. White Pudding and Brawn. We also made white puddings sometimes, but I have no recollection of the ingredients. As I got more experienced 1 would be set on making brawn, or potted meat. A pig's head was sawn in half and boiled in the copper until tender. I then had the job of removing every scrap of meat with a small boning knife, cutting it up finely as 1 went along. While still warm it was put into a dish and covered with the gelatine-rich juices that had run out. Once set firm it was pinkly marbled and delicious eaten cold. Looking Back. I look back on my times at Billy Clifton's with affection and gratitude. I am not sure how useful I really was, but the money was very welcome. The young butchers were rough and ready but never unkind, and the whole experience of seeing how the meat gets to our tables was enormously interesting. Oh yes, and I did get to ride a 'butcher's boy bicycle', delivering orders round the local streets. It was black, shiny and very heavy, with a big square basket on the front and a metal panel between the tubes signwritten with the shop's name and address. There were no gears and it was a pig to pedal! Ian Forsyth
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The Houghton Miners Project aims to record the details, memories and recollections of all the remaining living miners who worked at the colliery in Houghton-le-Spring. The Colliery opened in 1827 and when it closed in 1981 was known as the oldest colliery in County Durham. The site of Houghton Colliery is now a landscaped area, covered in grass and home to wild rabbits, and the occasional graffiti artist. Find out more online at: www.houghtonheritage.co.uk houghton hall -dunstable -norfolk
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Heritage boost for Coalfield A TASK group has been launched to promote and protect the history of Sunderland’s Coalfield area. Made up of local groups, volunteers, council officers and councillors, the task group is putting together an action plan to raise the profile of historic and interesting sites across the wards of Copt Hill, Houghton, Hetton and Shiney Row. Thanks to £10,000 Strategic Initiatives Budget (SIB) funding from the council’s Coalfield Area Committee, the task group has commissioned the charity North of England Civic Trust to produce a catalogue of historic buildings, collectable items, old photographs, diaries and archives. While some of these are held locally by private individuals, others are held in public archives and museums, mainly across the North East. Councillor Denny Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Safer City and Culture, said: “The Coalfield area has a rich history which we need to protect and promote. The first step is to establish what is there and where it is housed, before deciding how to make the most of our historic treasures.” old photos houghton le spring houghtonlespring org uk population houghton-le-spring houghton-le-spring cholera st michaels rc church houghton old photo www theoldcem co uk catherine bellerby bernard gilpin houghton jolly potter houghton pub houghton le spring city council durham st michael and all angels memorial stones dnsas
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The Houghton Heritage Walk HISTORY buffs have the chance to go on a tour of Houghton. A guided walk takes place on Saturday, September 8th. The free event will also take in the restoration and history of Rectory Park, which dates back to 1483, and Bernard Gilpin who was known as the Apostle of the North. There may also be the chance to stop and enjoy a coffee at the historic St Michael and All Angels, Houghton’s parish church, which is more than 1,000 years old. For further information visit: www.houghtonlespring.org.uk/events Walk around Historic Houghton-le-Spring
Royal Wedding Display Tuesday 26 Apr 11 - Tuesday 31 May 11 Free admission Houghton Library and Customer Service Centre 74 Newbottle Street Houghton-Le-Spring DH4 4AF Tel: 0191 561 6383 Wheelchair Accessible A display of Kate Middleton's coal mining ancestors in County Durham by Houghton & District Local History Group.
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Click here to find out about the Royal Wedding Street Party in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011. Join us as we celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton. The party will start in Houghton at 12noon and is open to all residents. All you have to do is bring a plate of food and a bottle of drink (non alcoholic) and a packet of balloons and party poppers.
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Jean Lyon (née Nicholsen) (22 September 1713 – 22 April 1778) was the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne and the wife of Thomas Lyon, 8th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and one of the ancestors of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. The couple were married on 20 July 1736, at Houghton le Spring in Tyne and Wear, England and had seven children: John Bowes James Philip Lyon Thomas Lyon Mary Lyon Susan Lyon, wife of John Lambton Anne Lyon. Married John Simpson. Their daughter Maria Susannah Simpson married Thomas Liddell, 1st Baron Ravensworth. Jane Lyon She died on 22 April 1778 in Hetton Le Hole, County Durham, England.

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A GRAVEYARD at a disused quarry is to host a dramatic open-air play. The Houghton Passion Play, which will be staged at Houghton Hillside Cemetery, will also see the audience take part in the production, making up the crowd who jostle for a view of Jesus before his crucifixion. The cemetery is in an 18th-century limestone quarry, where the first graves date back from the 19th century. Today, it is a closed cemetery, with burials having stopped in the early 1970s, and is part of St Michael’s Church in the Diocese of Durham. The Passion Play, which is now in its 10th year, is usually performed in the church. This will be the first time it has been staged in the open air. The Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington, Rector of Houghton and producer of the play, said: “The Passion Play has been successfully produced in the church in recent years, but this year we are taking it outdoors for the first time. “The cemetery, with its backdrop of cliffs, is a terrific amphitheatre and will create a great atmosphere.” Local writer Stuart Clappison and lyricist Andy Slater created the play, a modern-day interpretation of the story, with the Reverend James Menzies, assistant curator of neighbouring Hetton Lyons, taking on the role of Jesus. “There will be a lot of movement during the play,” said Rev Pinnington. “The narrator and members of the cast will move around the quarry and the audience will be able to follow the story, exactly as happened when Jesus was crucified. “There will be guards in modern military dress, complete with guns, who will move people away if they go too near, to give it a realistic feel. “The whole idea is to show that the story may be 2,000 years old but it is still relevant and contemporary. “People will be able to experience what it was like for those people watching the crucifixion of Jesus. “There will be an edginess to the show. “People will be able to accompany Jesus on his last journey. “It will be a living play.” It is hoped the crucifixion scene will provide a reminder of the area’s historic links with quarrying and mining. It will take place in front of the Miners’ Monument, a cross which commemorates the many miners whose bodies lie in the cemetery. They include some of those who lost their lives in the Houghton Colliery Disaster of 1850, when firedamp and coal dust were accidentally ignited by a safety lamp, killing 27 miners. The Passion Play is supported by local community groups, including the Friends of Hillside Cemetery, who have worked hard to restore the site in recent years. Businesses and the council have also supported the event. For more information about the play, which takes place at 11am on Good Friday, April 6, visit www.stmichaels-hls.org.uk

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The rector of Houghton has sent the following additional note : As regards the name of Houghton-le-Spring, we find in the six- teenth and seventeenth centuries the form Houghton in the Springe. There are many springs in the neighbourhood, but possibly 'the springe' is the 'Holy Well (chalybeate)' marked on the older ord- nance map as existing in the garden attached to what is now 112 Newbottle street. This well, and the analogy of Chester-le-Street, Dalton-le-Dale, etc., contrasted with Witton Gilbert, etc., somewhat militates against the theory that the name is derived from Sir Henry Spring, temp. Richard I, to whom one of the effigies in the church is usually attributed

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The Old Bank was the Westminster. On an old postcard photo of lower Sunderland Street at the entrance to The Lake is Ormston the Butcher - this was previously Clifton Butcher. I mentioned that on the right of The Lake entrance were large double gates leading to the back yard of Pallisters and I had a school friend who lived inside this area in a house called 'Ivy Cottage' (Richard also knew this family who were Methodists). He said that within this same large yard area was a Blacksmith, he knows some names of their workers. At the bottom of Sunderland Street at the entrance to the market which went through to Newbottle Street (and had the Billiard Hall over it) was a hardware shop and when it closed Greenhow's bought the stock. These premises became the Windsor café. On Newbottle Street, Hopes, Cobblers, Cards etc now replace the market block. In Imperial Buildings the first shop at the Brewery end now an auto-parts was Kemps Grocery.
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Houghton-le-Spring: Journey Through Time FREE DVD SCREENING on Thursday May 28th 2009 at 7:00pm in the Old Bank Bar & Bistro Sunderland Street, Houghton-le-Spring The Old Bank (formerly Jaks Bar) located in the heart of Houghton le Spring, situated on Sunderland Street opposite the Job Centre and the Buffaloes Club (formerly The Buffs). Customers can enjoy a wide range of teas, coffees, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Bring your friends and enjoy a new and unique experience in Houghton le Spring. Find out more at: www.theoldbank.co.uk Feel free to bring along your old photos and memories, as there will be an opportunity to share these after the presentation.
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Stott's Pasture, or Stot's Pasture as it is sometimes recorded, is located in Houghton-le-Spring, next to Golf Cuorse Road. This area borders Sunniside/Sedgeletch, Newbottle and Shiney Row. The inaugural general meeting was held on February 19th 2009 and a Constitution was adopted on April 28th 2009.Friends of Houghton Rectory Park. Houghton Kepier School Rose Garden is the new name for the Rose Garden. Houghton Rectory Park fountain. Is the Gilpin Thorn still alive. Where did the rock fountain in Rectory Park come from? Did it come from the Mediterranean?
Bernard Gilpin's coat of arms or family crest features a wild boar, crescent moon, and oak tree. The Gilpin Family Crest. Heraldry became popular in the 1100s.

Hi, Has anyone got any information on the Honey family who lived in the Houghton le Spring/Fencehouses/Shiney Row area from the 1870's to 1930's? My great grandfather was George William Winter Honey who I believe was postmaster at Fencehouses. I have also found that Rebecca Honey & GWW Honey are buried at Hillside Cemetery, but haven't found William Henry Honey (Rebecca's husband) by looking at the Houghton website. I've also found a photo of a football team from the 1920's I should think - vertical stripes on the shirts and dark shorts.

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We can get a good indication of the relative money value of those days from some facts about the Royal Kepier Grammar School. This school was built and endowed by Gilpin at a cost of £500. A substantial building, it was still in use as a Grammar School until 1922 and is now used as a curacy and parish meeting place. One would think that a building of similar substance and size would cost in 1980 in the region of £100,000. The yearly salary of the Master was £20.6s.8d. and for the Usher, £10. I understand that the endowments are still in force and awarded to certain students from Houghton-le-Spring. By 1865 Hagar's Directory estimated the living to be worth £2,500 per annum. A substantial sum for those days.
According to "Local Records or Historical Register of Remarkable Events by John Sykes, 1833", Breckon Hill woods next to Fencehouses and Bournmoor (and the Floater's Mill pub) was originally known as Braken Hill. It mentions that on July 22nd and 23rd 1789, the River Wear flooded, causing damage to the nearby fields. The burn, which runs through breckon Hill, also overflowed and swept away an iron forge mill belonging to Messrs Hawks & Co.

According to the Houghton historian, the late CA Smith, Church Street was originally known as Commons Lane.
The street is now split in two, separated by the A690 dual-carriageway, and is linked by a pedestrian bridge.
The east section of the street has the postcode: DH4 4DN
The west section of the street has the postcode: DH5 8AA
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List Entry Number: 456/7/24 Date Listed: 15.07.85 Address: Church Street, 11 , Houghton-le-Spring Building Type: House Building Name: Lilburn House Conservation Area: No. 8 Occupied: Yes 3 Ownership: Private 1 Grade: II Description: House circa 1800. Exterior: Coursed squared limestone, with sandstone dressings; roof of Welsh slate. 2 storeys, 5 sash windows with projecting stone cills and stone lintels. 4-panelled door, in second bay from left, in deep panelled reveals and plain doorcase of pilasters and entablature. Carriage entrance at right: boarded doors in rusticated elliptical-headed opening with voussoirs. Iron footscraper on stone step at door. Flat stone coping on left end of roof resting on curved stone kneelers. Rendered transverse ridge chimney at left, brick transverse ridge chimney between fourth and fifth bays.
List Entry Number: 456/2/23 Date Listed: 15.07.85 Address: Church Street, 12 , Houghton-le- Spring Building Type: House Building Name: Gilpin House
HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon Conservation Area: No. 8 Occupied: Yes 3 Ownership: Private 1 Grade: II Description: House circa 1830. Exterior: Incised render with plinth; Welsh slate roof has flat stone gable coping. 2 storeys, 3 sash windows in plain reveals with projecting painted stone cills. 2 stone steps and deep reveal to 6-panelled door under oblong fanlight; tall flat Tuscan doorcase, with projecting cornice, rests on the lower step. 2 end brick chimneys with bands and one rear brick chimney to roof hipped at left. Painted inscription GILPIN HOUSE at extreme right of first floor.
A tank parked outside of Robinson's Brewery on Durham Road, Houghton-le-Spring, during the First World War.
Frederick Denby of Houghton, joined the Durham Light Infantry, was a prisoner of war for four years and returned home at Christmas 1918.
Soldiers marched along Church Street, Houghton-le-Spring, 1940.
Bombing raids in World War 2 in Houghton-le-Spring, included four high explosive bombs being dropped onto Houghton Cut in July 1940, and an incendiary bomb being dropped between Houghton and Seaham in March 1943.
Houghton-le-Spring's adopted warship is HMS Welland, which was adopted during Warship Week in December 1941.
George Fenton of Houghton served with 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, and was a Prisoner of War in Stalag 8B.
During the Second World War, in 1941,a Hurricane fighter tried to make an emergency landing on Houghon Golf Course. The pilot Sergeant Frank Stamp of the Royal Canadian Air Force sadly lost his life.
Captain William Brown, a Territorial Officer, was a solicitor in the Sunderland Street firm of Legge & Miller.
WHEATLEY’S CONFECTIONERY LEFT: The front of Wheatley’s sweetshop in 1927 – approximately opposite SuperDrug now. RIGHT: J.Wheatley’s confectioner’s shop fronting Cox’s Indoor Market, circa 1930. W Wheatley & Son, Confectioners, Hawdonside Works, Sunderland Street, circa 1960s. Wheatley’s Toffee Works, circa 1950. Mr Alf Wheatley, proprietor, (right) and other workers preparing mint rock at the Hawdonside Works, Sunderland Street, circa 1960. Staff of W Wheatley & Son, 1965. A final glimpse of Wheatley’s sweetshop in 2004. This particular shop is almost opposite Kwik Save and was subsequently converted into a bridal shop.
Church Street. I remember it well as I walked it every day for years. However there are two photos of it in Ken Richardsons book of "Houghton-le-Spring and Hetton-le-Hole IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHS." page 35. The Red Lion occupied no 1 and 2.The Crosthwaite dental practice was above the Red Lion but the access to this was from the Broadway. Gammies Outfitters was next so no. 3 There was the Stone Mason 's building next , it was set back and had space for completed headstons etc to be on show. No. 4 Then came a gated driveway for the double bay windowed house, no. 5 that Mr and Mrs Crosthwaite senior lived in from early 1950 as far as I know ( they had been in it years before I knew them) He bred white highland terrier dogs in kennels at the rear of his house. They used to live in one of the 3 houses at the top right of Church Street some years before. Then there were three or four terraced houses adjoining, before the Glendale Pub which was opposite to the steps coming from the church walk. & nbsp; The first house on that side was Kepier Cottage but it did not have access to Church Street, so was part of the kepier Cottages in the Church grounds. Next to this was a double fronted house that was vacant for a number of years before 1956. I remember it was taken over by a local health dept and was a clinic where one could get dried mild and orange juice for infants. My youngest brother was born in 1950 and we went there for supplies. However , in 1956 I worked as dental receptionist for the Crosthwaite practice and Mr Harry Crosthwaite (junior) bought this house and moved in with his wife and young family in 1956. It was no. 12. It had a large garden with a drive in from Church Street and double gates to access.There were three more houses ( you have 2 of them named as Swiss Cottage, and Church House. The Chemists Shop was next and then the Library and then the newsagents. Myre Hall was set back with gardens to front. It was a local authority office (education?) then before the present use. Back to the other side.Next to the Glendale pub were a couple of houses one of which was another dental practice and dwelling, for the life of me I cannot think of the name of the dentist.... There was a yard or something next and then a Chapel?Then a block of three villa houses ....19, 21, and 23? The top right corner of Church Street was the perimeter of gardens belonging to the first house in Hall Lane which at the time was occupied by Dr Barkiss. houghton le spring conservation area
Philadelphia, Houghton-le-Spring, named after Philadelphia, USA, during the American War of Independence 1776 - 1783
HOUGHTON HERITAGE WALK FOLLOWED BY LOCAL HISTORY DVD SCREENING on Saturday September 12th 2009 at 12 Noon HLS at War MEMORIES HILLSIDE AIR RAID SHELTER PILL BOX near Houghton Gate Structure in the Dene woods Home Guard bunker at Houghton-le-Spring (HER 5504). A World War ll Home Guard bunker (HER 5504), located not far from Copt Hill provides the area with the most recent of records. The walls of the bunker still remain, but the roof has collapsed due to landslip from the hillside into which it is built.
sergeant frank stamp and houghton-le-spring 1941 Hurrican fighter plan crashed in Houghton-le-Spring
Newbottle Street Junior School County of Durham Education Committee This school was opened on 15 Dec 1906 by T.Richardson Esq., C.C

The following information is from: http://www.ne-diary.bpears.org.uk:
Saturday, 20th/Sunday, 21st July 1940 N322 - Co Durham.. Houghton Cut District.. Four High Explosive bombs in cornfield at Greenshields. No injuries.
Friday, 28th/Saturday, 29th August 1942 N1091 - Co Durham.. A camouflet (cavern caused by an explosion) was found in a potato patch at Sedgeletch Sewerage Beds, Houghton le Spring
Thursday, 11th/Friday, 12th March 1943 N1286 - 22.00.. Co Durham.. An Anti-Aircraft shell exploded in Waller Terrace, Houghton le Spring, seriously injuring one man and one woman.
Thursday, 11th/Friday, 12th March 1943 N1286 - 22.05.. Co Durham.. Approximately 500 Incendiary Bombs fell at Silksworth. One female adult was slightly injured. An Incendiary Bomb fell through the roof of the Police Station into an upstairs passage, this was extinguished with a stirrup pump. About the same time one Firepot Incendiary Bomb exploded and blocked the B.1404 near Warden Law crossroads on the Houghton le Spring to Seaham road. An NFS fireman was injured when he drove into the damage on the highway.

Shops and premises in Newbottle Street 1940-1950 approx. I always walked from the Broadway UP Newbottle Street and the top end was less familiar to me but have been assured of some of the shops beyond Greenhows and on the othe side beyond the County Junior school. Beyond Greenhows. Robinson Street. Timms Fashions. Sangsters the Butchers Public House Beyond the School 2 houses Welfare clinic Cycle shop Fish and Chip shop County School Greenhows Hardware Empire Cinema Grocery/fresh ground coffee Grand Cinema Youngs Shoe Shop ----------------- Robbie Burns Pub Fletchers greengrocery Jones Chemist Johnson Wool Shop/sock manufacture Gordons furniture Hudsons Bakery Betty’s Sweet Shop Bruces Tobacconist…did they also sell torches? Dewhursts butcher POST OFFICE Walter Wilson General dealer Hodgsons Electrical Bruce &Tucker outfitters Booths drapers and fancy goods Wheatley greengrocer/sweets ----BURN PARK ROAD MAUTLAND STREET------------- Barclays Bank Co-Op Butcher Stones Pork Shop Burtons the Tailor Shoe Shop Timpsons? Doggarts Blackburns Newsagents Doggarts Woolworths Tobbacconist Meadow Dairy grocery. Wallpaper Shop Duncans Foods Davisons Bakery/cakes Dry Cleaners/Laundry. Fresh Fish Shop ------side of cinema---- Jacconelli Icecream Parlour Coliseum Cinema -------------------------------- ----waste ground bill/boards Newcastle Arms Pub door to upstairs Billiard Hall Water Board/Council Office Tylers Shoe Shop Carricks Bakery Co-Op grocery ----ARCADE to Graysons Butchers Miss Robinsons ladies underwear London Lending Library Brittania Pub White Lion Pub

Write to the cemetery manager/sexton at:

Houghton Hillside Cemetery, The Cemetery Lodge, 145 Sunderland Street, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham, DH5 8BG

Houghton Greyhound Stadium Club, Hall Lane, Houghton-le-Spring AdminHistory The Houghton Greyhound Stadium Club was managed by the Hetton Race Company Ltd. The first Annual General Meeting of the Club was held on 22 November 1939. All members were elected to join the Club and paid an annual subscription. A Sports Committee and Wine Committee were established on the formation of the Club. In addition to greyhound racing the Club also provided social facilities and entertainments for members and visitors. The military were in possession of the club in 1939 and this led to the postponement of entertainments until members were in possession of the entire premises. Club members attended Annual General Meetings and the Directors met monthly to discuss finance issues, race organisation and entertainments. Date 1939 - 1970
Houghton Branch of the Newbottle & District Co-Operative Society.

HOUGHTON-le-SPRING Co. Durham COLISEUM Newbottle Street Opened 27 July OR Wednesday 3rd August 1921. Architect: Percy L. Browne & Glover. Props., Messrs John Lishman & Norman Robinson as "Coliseum (Houghton-le-Spring) Ltd or Grand Theatre". Mgr. C. Lane. Cap. 950. 1937: (WE) Prop., Lishman & Robinson. 1,002 seats. By 1941: (WE) – Prop., John Lishman. Phone 87. 999 seats. Booked at Hall by C. Lane. Twice nightly, Mon. and Sat. Once nightly rest of week. Prices 7d. to 1s. 2d. Pro­scenium width 28ft. Phone 137. Station, Fence Houses LNER. Closed 24 Jan 1960. 883 seats. Converted to supermarket. EMPIRE THEATRE Newbottle Street Opened August 1911. Prop., Houghton Empire Theatres Ltd (Balmer, Son & Wheatley). Architect: J Gibson Cowe, Fencehouses. Pros width: 21', Stage depth (pros to rear wall): 15', stage width: 23'. Cap. 900 (stalls 250, dress circle 300, pit 300, + 50 standing). SG1912: Props Houghton Empire Electric Theatres Ltd, mgr W H Lindon Travers, cap 900, seating stalls 250, dress circ 300, pit 300, 3 dr rooms, kine box, Gaumont Chrono, gas and electric light, mat Sat, opened August 1911, adjoins Gaiety Theatre, pictures and variety. 1914: Wm D Murray, mgr. 1922 - Prop., Empire Entertainment Co. Res. Man., Robert Wheatley. One show nightly, two on Sat. Station, Houghton-le-Spring, NER. 1929: Robert Wheatley, manager. 1937: (WE) Houghton Empire Theatre Ltd. 600 seats. Phone 52. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., Houghton Empire Theatre, Ltd. 600 seats. Booked at Hall by G. Wheatley. One show nightly, two on Mon. and Sat, Prices 3d. to 1s. Phone 52. Station, Fence Houses LNER. 1956, 750 seats. Closed 1961. Bingo to 1994 at least. GAIETY THEATRE Newbottle Street Opened 29 July 1909. Props., Henry Hall, Robert Ernest Ainsley and Henry L Osmond. Architect: J. Davenport, Sons, & Co. Birmingham, plans dated June 1909 (as "proposed temporary Hippodrome"). Cap. 1300 (stalls, 100; dress circle, 200; pit, 500; gallery 500; 2 boxes, unspecified). ?opened as cinema August 1911. Licensee: Henry Hall. Cap. 1,250. SG1912: Props Hall and Ainsley, man dir J Ainsley, mgr S Roberts, md Mr Thompson-Wilson, stage mgr G Jarrett, stage play, m & d and kine licences, cap stalls 100 @ 1/6, dr circ 200 @ 1s pit 500 @ 6d, boxes 2 @ 10/6, gallery 500 @ 4d, mat Sat, 5 dr rooms, kine box, [printing], gas and electric light, stage depth 50' width 30', pros height 26' width 24', stage to grid 33', stage to fly floor 21', no variety season is run. 1916 to Robert Ernest Ainsley. 1922 as New G Th - Prop., J. Ainsley. Res. Man., R. Ainsley. One show nightly. One change weekly. Prices, 4d. to 2s. 4d. Phone 43. Station Fencehouses, NER. To John Lishman. ?re-named Grand 1925. Closed & demolished 1929 for New Grand. CLASSIC / ESSOLDO / New GRAND THEATRE Newbottle Street Opened 21st April 1930 – on site of Gaiety. Architect: Percy L. Browne. 1,077 seats. 1937 as New Grand: (WE) Lishman & Robinson. 1,077 seats. Phone 137. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., John Lishman. 1,010 seats. Booked at Hall. Twice nightly Mon. and Sat. Once nightly rest of week, Prices 7d. to 1s. 2d. Proscenium width 30ft. Stage, 30ft. deep; six dressing rooms, Phone 137. Station, Fence Houses, LNER. To Mrs. Winifred Lishman. To Essoldo February 1952. Re-named October 1962 OR February 1963. To Classic 2nd April 1972. Closed March 1975. Converted to supermarket. PRESIDENT Hillside Way Opened 27 Nov 1977, twin screens in purpose-built building. Closed 1985. THEATRE ROYAL S. James (1907) SYB 1908, stage 23' by 26' pros 18, fly rail 18'. TOWN HALL PICTURE PALACE / Town Hall and Market Building Opened c.1872. Prop., Town Hall Co. SG1912: Prop Henry Cox, mgr Jack Bellamy, cap 800 (circle 250), pictures and variety, electric light and gas, mat Sat. KYB14: Prop., N. British Pic Co. Cap. 500.

HOUGHTON FEAST 2011 PROGRAMME

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 3RD 2009 between 10am – 1:00pm
Houghton Heritage photo exhibition. A free exhibition in the Broadway of old Houghton photos from years gone by. 10am – 1:00pm.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7TH 2009 at 7:00pm
Houghton-le-Spring: Journey Through Time: A DVD screening of then and now views and vintage footage of old Houghton. After the screening each scene will be discussed, so feel free to bring your own memories, recollections and photos along. In Houghton 1st Scouts HQ. Admittance £2.00. Places must be pre-booked on 0191 268 4688 or info@houghtonlespring.org.uk

SATURDAY OCTOBER 10TH 2009 10am – 12noon
Singing in the Rain: A photo and video exhibition on the history of Houghton Feast, commemorating the 60th anniversary of community hymn singing, which used to attract 1000s to the Broadway at the Feast in years gone by. The exhibition features rare and unseen photos, plus footage from the 1930s and 1950s. Houghton Library & Learning Centre. Free admission.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 10TH 2009 at 2.00pm
Homicide in Houghton 4: Join best selling author Sheila Quigley and local historian Paul Lanagan on an exclusive investigation of the fictional murder scenes from Sheila’s books. The free tour departs from the corner of Rectory Field, next to Houghton Police Station, and returns to Houghton Library for refreshments, when Sheila will read an exclusive preview from her next novel, The Road to Hell. Book by telephone on 0191 561 6383 as places strictly limited.

HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING, an urban district in the Houghtonle-Spring parliamentary division of Durham, England, 6 m. N.E. of the city of Durham. Pop. (1901) 7858. It is well situated at the head of a small valley branching from that of the Wear. St Michael's church is a cruciform Early English and Decorated building, with a picturesque embattled rectory adjoining. Bernard Gilpin, "the Apostle of the North," was rector of this parish from 1556 to 1583, and the founder of the grammar school. The principal public buildings are a town hall, market house and church institute. Houghton Hall is a fine mansion of the late 16th century. In the orchard stands a tomb, that of the puritan Sir Robert Hutton (d. 1680), of whom a curious tradition states that he desired burial beside his war-horse, the body of which was denied interment in consecrated ground. The main road from Durham to Sunderland here passes through a remarkable cutting in the limestone 80 ft. deep.
The district affords frequent evidence of ice activity in the glacial period. The town is the centre of a large system of electric tramways. The population is mainly dependent on the neighbouring collieries, but limestone quarrying is carried on to some extent.

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I am looking for Family Tree records in Houghton Le Spring and had heard that the memorial inscriptions can be found online at HoughtonHeritage.co.uk along with names and burial records
houghton le spring parish records

Where are the gallows in Houghton-le-Spring? Do you know where criminals would have been hanged in Houghton-le-Spring?
Where did Hangman's Lane, Warden Law, Houghton-le-Spring, get its name from?
Is there a hanging tree at the crossroads of Durham Road and Church Street in Houghton-le-Spring?

Wheatley's confectionery, Hawdonside Works, Sunderland Street, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham, DH4

The new Houghton-le-Spring Heritage book - "Houghton-le-Spring in Old photographs Volume 1" is released on Thursday February 18th 2010

Nylon Stocking Murder, June 1950. Donald Westgarth Davidson, baker from Houghton-le-Spring, accused of murdering Agnes Walsh, 22, an Irish girl, in Piccadily, London. Explosion at Finchale Abbey, shot himself in the head.

Duke discovers church secrets The Duke with architect Peter Ryder. Published Date: 27 July 2010 By Tim Booler Secrets unearthed at a Houghton church were shared with the Duke of Gloucester on a Royal visit to the town. The Duke was fascinated to learn about the recent archeological finds at St Michael and All Angels, which make the site 3,000 years older than was previously believed. Intriguing features at the parish site including a Saxon Church doorway, Roman masonry and a Stone Age ring were only discovered when the church floor was dug up to install new under-floor heating. The site was previously believed to be Norman, dating back to the 11th century, but the new finds have led archaeologists to conclude that it dates back to the time of the Old Testament. As part of his visit, the Duke, who is the Queen's cousin, visited the new Heritage Centre within the church and visited Kepier Hall, part of the original Tudor grammar school in Houghton. An architect by training, the Duke spoke at length with diocesan archaeologist Peter Ryder about the finds. The Rector of Houghton, the Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington, said: "It's lovely to be able to welcome the Duke and share with him the discoveries made. "We had no idea that these objects were here. We were shocked and delighted. Everyone always knew Houghton-le-Spring was an ancient site, but we never had proof. Now it has gained thousands of years of history, dating back to the time when Abraham entered the promised land." As well as enjoying afternoon tea with Houghton residents, the Duke had a tour of one of the Kepier Almshouses for the elderly which lie in the church grounds. Almshouse resident Philip Bridge, 80, a former member of the Durham Light Infantry and Territorial Army, said: "He's a great bloke, we spoke well. I am former DLI and most of the Royal family have a military background. "It's fascinating to think of the length of time this site has been here. Houghton was here long before Sunderland." Canon Pinnington added: "The opening of the Davidson Suite marks a new phase in the life of the Kepier Hall with improved facilities for the whole community of Houghton-le-Spring."

The Houghton Miners Project aims to record the details, memories and recollections of all the remaining living miners who worked at the colliery in Houghton-le-Spring. The Colliery opened in 1827 and when it closed in 1981 was known as the oldest colliery in County Durham. The site of Houghton Colliery is now a landscaped area, covered in grass and home to wild rabbits, and the occasional graffiti artist. Find out more online at: www.houghtonheritage.co.uk

PAUL LANAGAN BIBLIOGRAPHY SON ET LUMIERE * Houghton Feast: The Ancient Festival of Houghton-le-Spring was re-written as a Son et Lumiere, produced by Alan Hilary Events, and narrated by TV presenter and historian John Grundy, and performed on October ? 2004 DVD * Houghton-le-Spring Journey Through Time, 40 mins, Gilpin Thorn Productions, 2008 BOOKS * Houghton-le-Spring in Old Photographs Vol 1, Books of the North, 2010 * Houghton Feast: The Ancient Festival of Houghton-le-Spring, Books of the North, 2002 * The Story of Dubmire Junior School 1914 to 2002, Books of the North, 2003 * Houghton Hillside Cemetery Guide Book & Map, Books of the North, 2006 * Forty Years of the Houghton Feast Ox Roasting, Books of the North, 2007 * Houghton Feast: All the Fun of the Fair, Books of the North, 2008 * Houghton Feast: Singing in the Rain, Books of the North, 2009 * A Colourful Past: Houghton-le-Spring Hillside Cemetery, Books of the North, 2007 * Homicide in Houghton: Investigating Sheila Quigley's Seahills Estate, Books of the North, 2006, reprinted 2007, 2008 and 2009 * Sunderland's History 11, chapter about Houghton Hillside Cemetery, Sunderland Antiquarian Society, 2005 OTHER PUBLICATIONS * Houghton-le-Spring Christmas Card (Church in Snow and Frozen Rectory 1950), Books of the North, 2008 * Season's Greetings from Houghton-le-Spring Christmas Card (Hawthorn in Snow), Books of the North, 2006 * Houghton Heritage Trail Map, Books of the North, 2004, reprinted 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 * Haunted Houghton Map, Books of the North, 2004 * And May it Never Rain at Least for Three Full Days at Houghton Feast, Books of the North, 2003 * The Hillside Cemetery at Houghton-le-Spring: Then and Now Postcard Set, Books of the North, 2004 * Hillside Cemetery: Faces from the Past Postcard Set, Books of the North, 2006 * Houghton Hillside Cemetery, 1854 - 1924: A Guide Map and Notes, Books of the North, 2004 * The Houghtonian Quarterly Newsletter Issues 1 - 14, articles, editorial and editing, Books of the North, Sept 2004 - Feb 2008

When is Heritage Open Days (HODs) 2011?
Houghton Heritage Walk 2011 on Saturday September 10th 2011 - see you then, for a heritage walk around Houghton-le-Spring 2011 HODs. ARTICLES * Community Hymn Singing 1949 – 2009, article, Grapevine, Dec 2009 * Remembered With Honour, article, Sign Post, Nov 2008 * The Four Shields of Houghton, article, In & Around Houghton: Issue 14, Jak Publications, May 2008 * Houghton Feasted - Clue I, crime fiction/murder mystery, In & Around Houghton: Issue 14, Jak Publications, May 2008 * Houghton Boating Lake & Burn, article, In & Around Houghton: Issue 15, Jak Publications, June 2008 * Houghton Feasted - Clue II, crime fiction/murder mystery, In & Around Houghton: Issue 15, Jak Publications, June 2008 * Time Gentleman Please, article, In & Around Houghton: Issue 16, Jak Publications, July 2008 * Houghton Feasted - Clue III, crime fiction/murder mystery, In & Around Houghton: Issue 16, Jak Publications, July 2008 * The Old Hillside Cemetery: A Grave Subject, article, In & Around Houghton: Issue 17, Jak Publications, Aug 2008 * Houghton Feasted - Clue IV, crime fiction/murder mystery, In & Around Houghton: Issue 17, Jak Publications, Aug 2008 * Houghton Feasted - Clue V, crime fiction/murder mystery, In & Around Houghton: Issue 18, Jak Publications, Sept 2008 * Houghton Feast: Ancient Festival of Houghton-le-Spring, article, In & Around Houghton: Issue 19, Jak Publications, Oct 2008 * Houghton Feasted - Solution, crime fiction/murder mystery, In & Around Houghton: Issue 19, Jak Publications, Oct 2008 * The Other Quarry Hole, article, Houghtonian Issue 10, Dec 2006 * Death Most Welcome, article, Houghtonian Issue 11, Feb 2007 * A Tale from the Cut, factually based fiction, Sign Post, Sept 2004, reprinted in Houghtonian Issue 11/12, Feb/Apr 2007 * Friends of the Hillside Cemetery, article, Sign Post, April 2004 * Houghton in the Month of April, filler, Sign Post, April 2004 * Houghton Colliery Remembered, article, Sign Post, April 2003 * Houghton's Public Houses, article, Sign Post, May 2003 * Houghton in the Month of May, filler, Sign Post, May 2003 * The Hillside Cemetery, article, Sign Post, Sept 2003 * Houghton in the Month of September, filler, Sign Post, Sept 2003, reprinted Sept 2004 * Houghton Feast: A Selection of Rare Memories, article, Sign Post, Oct 2003 * Houghton in the Month of October, filler, Sign Post, Oct 2003, reprinted Oct 2004 * Houghton in the Month of November, filler, Sign Post, Nov 2003 * Haunted Houghton, article, Sign POst, Nov 2003 * Houghton Hillside Cemetery Update, article, Sign Post, Feb 2004 * Houghton Hillside Cemetery March Update, article, Sign Post, March 2004 * Hillside Cemetery Back to Life, article, Sign Post, Jul 2006 * Annual Spring Clean, article, Sign Post, Feb 2005 * The Gilpin Thorn, article, Sign Post, April 2006 * Houghton Hillside Cemetery Back to Life Launch Event, article, Sign Post, Sept 2006 PHOTOS * War graves, photo used in advert, Sign Post, Nov 2006 * Cemetery vista, photo used in advert, Sign Post, Aug 2004 * Cemetery open day, photo used in advert, Sign Post, Aug 2005, reprinted Jul 2006 * Victorian pews, photo used in article, Sign Post, May 2006

Do you know how old the Tythe Barn is in Houghton Rectory Park, Houghton-le-Spring? When does it date from?
What is a tithe barn? Have you ever been inside it?

William Standish Standish “In the old cemetery are the vaults of several famous men of Houghton and district, and one of them contains the remains of Mr. W. Standish Standish, of Cocken Hall, who was buried at the foot of the cliff over which he fell with his horse in July, 1856. Mr Standish was an author and artist whose eminence was appreciated over a wide area. His extensive and valuable gallery of pictures, together with his unique and costly library of the rarest books, were bequeathed by him, in April, 1840, to Louis Phiippe, King of France. His Majesty deposited them in a suite of cabinets in the Louvre which he named the ‘Musee Standish’. Mr. Standish valued his paintings at £32,000 and his books at £11,000. After the revolution of 1848, The Standish Collection was removed to England and the gallery of pictures, with that by Spanish artists, was sold by public auction at Christie’s, London, in May, 1853. There were paintings by Watteau, Morale, Murilla, Velasquez and others which brought such prices as 700 guineas, 205 guineas, 380 guineas and so on. In 1848, Mr. Standish Standish offered the use of his residence at Duxbury Park to the ex-royal family of France, but the offer was declined.”

I’m currently researching a gentlman called William Standish Standish who died in 1856 whilst living at a place called Cocken Hall, County Durham. Intriguingly, there are two completely different accounts of how William met his death, before being laid to rest in a vault in a cemetery in Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham. A local newspaper of the period, the Durham County Advertiser, Friday 11th July 1856, carried the following report: Death - We deeply regret to announce the death of William Standish Standish Esq of Coken Hall and Duxbury Park, Lancashire, which took place at an early hour yesterday morning after a short illness at Cocken Hall. The deceased, who was in his 50th year, was universally respected by men of all classes in the north of England; and his amiable, benevolent and hospitable character had endeared him to a large circle of friends, by whom his loss will be truly and deeply regretted. Strange that another story is also in circulation, the earliest source of which seems to be from a book published sometime around the early 1950’s, titled: Houghton-le-Spring: A History by Frank H Rusford W. STANDISH STANDISH In the old cemetery are the vaults of several famous men of Houghton and district, and one of them contains the remains of Mr. W. Standish Standish, of Cocken Hall, who was buried at the foot of the cliff over which he fell with his horse in July, 1856. Mr Standish was an author and artist whose eminence was appreciated over a wide area. His extensive and valuable gallery of pictures, together with his unique and costly library of the rarest books, were bequeathed by him, in April, 1840, to Louis Phiippe, King of France. His Majesty deposited them in a suite of cabinets in the Louvre which he named the ‘Musee Standish’. Mr. Standish valued his paintings at £32,000 and his books at £11,000. After the revolution of 1848, The Standish Collection was removed to England and the gallery of pictures, with that by Spanish artists, was sold by public auction at Christie’s, London, in May, 1853. There were paintings by Watteau, Morale, Murilla, Velasquez and others which brought such prices as 700 guineas, 205 guineas, 380 guineas and so on. In 1848, Mr. Standish Standish offered the use of his residence at Duxbury Park to the ex-royal family of France, but the offer was declined. The inscription on the vault’s memorial stone at Houghton-le-Spring reads: Within this tomb lies the remains of the deservedly lammented William Standish Standish Esq of Duxbury Park, County of Lancashire and Cocken Hall in the County of Durham, who died at Cocken Hall July 10th 1856 aged 48 years.
Click here to find out about the Royal Wedding Street Party in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011. Join us as we celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton. The party will start in Houghton at 12noon and is open to all residents. All you have to do is bring a plate of food and a bottle of drink (non alcoholic) and a packet of balloons and party poppers.
Celebrate the Royal Wedding in Houghton-le-Spring! April 29th 2011. The following report was printed in the Durham County Advertiser on Friday 18th July 1856: Funeral of the late William Standish Standish Esq - Yesterday morning the mortal remains of the late Wm. Standish Standish Esq, were consigned to their final resting place, in a vault in the new cemetery at Houghton-le-Spring. It was intended that the interment should have been in the family vault in the parish church of Chorley, but as there was some difficulty in carrying this intention into effect, owing to the recent Act of Parliament, the funeral, as already stated, was at Houghton-le-Spring. The funeral procession left Cocken Hall about 11 o’clock; it consisted of several mourning coaches and a large number of carriages, the whole of Cocken and Ludworth tenantry on horseback, besides a great number of the gentry and inhabitants of the neighbourhood, who attended to pay this last mournful tribute of respect to the memory of one, whom whilst living, they so highly esteemed. Mrs Standish, Mrs Sinclair, Miss Standish, Captain Standish and Mr Sinclair were present at the mournful ceremony. H Fenwick Esq MP, HJ Spearman Esq, EC Jepson Esq, Geo Wilkinson Esq, C Branwell Esq, Rev RGL Blenkisop, Rev T Crossman, Rev G Lord and etc, and etc, besides a large number of tradesmen and other inhabitants of this city were likewise present. The funeral service was read in an impressive manner by one of the curates of Houghton-le-Spring parish church, after which, the funeral procession returned to the Hall. Anyone think they might connect with this William Standish Standish gentleman? Kind regards... David Allan.

When is Heritage Open Days (HODs) 2011?
Houghton Heritage Walk 2011 on Saturday September 10th 2011 - see you then, for a heritage walk around Houghton-le-Spring 2011 HODs.
Thanks for the Memories: Recollections of Fence Houses, Lambton, Burnmoor, Chilton Moor, Dubmire and Bankhead by Lena Cooper, new book available now.

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Published on Mon Aug 07 09:58:55 BST 2006 HUNDREDS of visitors flocked to a cemetery for a family day out with a difference. More than 600 people visited Hillside Cemetery, Houghton, at the weekend to take part in the “Back To Life” event. Ghostly goings-on at the Sunderland Street cemetery included workshops musical entertainment, as well as tales of times past and stories about families buried in the “Old Quarry Hole.” A Victorian-style horse-drawn hearse greeted visitors, who were served cream teas. A stone masonry workshop, bird box making, traditional games and entertainment from a brass band kept the kids busy. Paul Lanagan, Secretary of Friends of Hillside Cemetery and open day organiser, said: “We are delighted with the turnout. The most we have had through the gate in the past was 150. “The community have supported us in the past and it’s great to see that they are still supporting us now. “They have shown us today that we have a valid reason for doing what we do.” Houghton Colliery Banner was on show, in memory of those killed at the pit, and a tribute to Crimean War veteran and confectioner George Wheatley was also on display. The wooden leg worn by the town sweet maker, which he used to stir sugar syrup at his shop in Newbottle Street, was exhibited by his great-grandson David Wheatley. David said: “My great-grandfather was the founder of the sweet making factories in Houghton. I take great pride in sharing my family history with so many people.” A remembrance service for the First World War casualties buried at Hillside was also held. This was the third open day and the Friends of Hillside Cemetery were in period costume. Co-operative funeral directors gave advice on the coffins and headstones available today. Funeral director Victor Thompson said: “We were asked to come along and talk to the people because death is a bit of a taboo subject. “We have had some really interesting questions today and hopefully we have put their minds at rest.”
What is the name of the new JD Weatherspoons in Houghton-le-Spring? It is called THE WILD BOAR, Wild BoarFrederick Place, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH4 4BN. All funds raised on Saturday will go towards the restoration of the lychgate entrance.

Someone's alive in the cemetery Published on Wed Sep 24 11:22:55 BST 2008 STRANGE things have been happening at historic Houghton Hillside Cemetery. Apart from the repeated break-ins and desecration of William Standish Standish’s grave, as reported in the Echo earlier this year, somebody has made it a home for the living. During a recent visit by the Friends of Houghton Hillside Cemetery, members found that someone had pitched a tent on the lower level of the site and a fire was burning outside.
Where in Houghton-le-Spring is the new ASDA opening?
ASDA, Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4.
Is there an ASDA supermarket opening on the site of Houghton Colliery?
Houghton Colliery site to become an ASDA supermarket?
Houghton Colliery site to be developed into an ASDA? The tent was dismantled and a note left for the occupant advising that camping was not allowed at the cemetery.

THE LATE REV. CUTHBERT EDWARD ADAMSON, A VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY. TIL NOTICE OF THE REV. CUTHBERT EDWARD ADAMSON, A VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY. By JOHN OXBERRY. [Read on the 31 May, 1922.] In the month of September, in the year 1855, the members of our Society had to mourn the loss of John Adamson. He was one of its founders, and had been one of its Secretaries from the date of its establishment up to the day of his death, a period of nearly forty- three years. At the end of another forty- three years, that is to say in the year 1898, and again in the month of September, our members had once more to express their sorrow at the passing away from amongst them of another who bore the same honoured surname. This was the Rev. Edward Hussey Adamson, a son of John Adamson, and a son who had inherited many of the gifts that distinguished the father, not the least precious of them being a taste for the investigation of subjects of antiquarian interest, and an ability to describe the result of his researches for the grati- fication and instruction of his fellow members. To-day it is our mournful lot to lament the death of one more member of the same family, the Rev. Cuthbert Edward Adamson, the grandson of John, and the son of the Rev. Edward Hussey Adamson. His death removes the name of Adamson from our roll of membership, and thus severs a tie which has lasted un- broken since the foundation of our Society 109 years ago. Like his father and his grandfather he, too, was a loyal friend of our Society, and a contributor to its usefulness its value as an institution for interpreting and illustrating the past. 52 NOTICE OF THE REV. CUTHBERT EDWARD ADAMSON, The late Richard Welford in the graceful tribute he paid to the memory of the Rev. E. H. Adamson in Arch. Adiana, vol. xvi, p. 281, and in the biographical sketch he wrote of John Adamson in his " Men of Mark," vol. i, p. n, tells us all that it is necessary for us to know, for our present purpose, of the immediate pro- genitors of the Rev. C. E. Adamson. His father, the Rev. E. H. Adamson, went to Heworth in the year 1841, as stipendiary curate to the Rev. Matthew Plummer, then vicar of Heworth, and in the following year took over the charge of the newly-formed ecclesiastical district of Windy Nook, or St. Albans, Heworth, to give it the official designation of the order in council which created it. He married Miss Anne Potts, daughter of Mr. Matthew Potts, formerly of Bedlington, though then a resident of Carr Hill, Gateshead. The marriage took place in 1846, and pending the erection of a vicarage at Windy Nook, the young couple went to live in a house at Upper Heworth. In this house, now, and for many years past, occupied as a farmer's dwelling, 1 their first child, the Rev. C. E. Adamson was born on June 27, 1848. Apart from being the birthplace of our late vice- president, the house possesses associations that render it an object of interest to members of the Newcastle Society of Antiquaries, for it was beneath its roof that the Rev. John Hodgson passed the years of his married life at Heworth. He lived there while he was acting as one of the secretaries of our Society ; many of the letters printed by Canon Raine in the ' Memoir ' are dated from it ; most of his children were born in it ; and, perhaps the most inter- esting association of all, it was there that he commenced the colossal task of writing a history of Northumberland, a task that he did not live to complete, that, indeed, was too great for any one man to accomplish as he planned it, but that, nevertheless, by patient and persevering industry he carried far enough to justify us in placing him amongst the greatest of county historians,

the Tudor Banquet, also known as the Apostle of the North Banquet on Friday 4th March 2011. Tickets £15 from John Lambton 5841591 1 See ante p. 49 for view of this.
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Celebrate the Royal Wedding in Houghton-le-Spring! April 29th 2011. A VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY. 53 It was in a dwelling-place saturated with these associations that the childhood of the Rev. C. E. Adamson was spent, and under the circumstances it is not, perhaps, surprising that he lived to be a vice-president of a society of antiquaries. His first school was the old and now defunct Anchorage school at Gateshead, then under the charge of the Rev. William Bennett. From the Anchorage he went in 1862 to Durham school as King's Scholar, and five years afterwards began as an exhibitioner the completion of his scholastic and collegiate training at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took the degree of B.A. in 1871, and that of M.A. in 1874. He was ordained deacon in 1872, and, while holding his first curacy that of Shirburn in the diocese of Oxford was ordained priest by the Bishop of Oxford in 1874. A near neighbour of his while he resided at Shirburn was the late bishop Lloyd, who was curate in sole charge of a church about a mile away. A close friendship sprang up between the two young curates which lasted until the death of the bishop in 1907. While preparing himself for holy orders, Mr. Adamson held, for a while, an assistant mastership at Abingdon Grammar school, and, at a little later period, held a similar post for about eighteen months, at Epsom college. But he was not destined for the teaching profession, nor was it in the south of England, but in his native north, that he was to carve out a career for himself. He returned to Tyneside in 1876, as a curate under Canon Chester, the incumbent of St. Hilda's church at South Shields, and was placed in charge of a mission district which had its headquarters in an ordinary dwelling-house in Somerset Street, South Shields. Under Mr. Adamson' s zealous care the mission prospered, and it was not long before a special building was erected in Derby Street ; and, then, in 1878, came an order in council creating the parish of South Westoe, of which Mr. Adamson was appointed the first vicar. We are not dealing here with Mr. Adamson' s life as a 54 NOTICE OF THE REV. CUTHBERT EDWARD ADAMSON, clergyman. Our primary object is to exhibit his services as an antiquary and to record the help he gave to historical research. And the work he, himself, did as a student of local history, to say nothing of the assistance and encouragement he gave to others engaged in the same pursuit, were, alike, worthy of the stock from which he sprang. To the district of Haltwhistle he devoted special attention, as our Society's publications sufficiently attest ; and in the preface to his ' History of South Shields,' Mr. G. B. Hodgson, after thanking Mr. Adamson for having placed unreser- vedly at his disposal ' an invaluable collection of material for local history,' freely acknowledges that without the encourage- ment he received at Mr. Adamson' s hands his work would never have been entered upon. Yet while this intense susceptibility to the call of the past was abundantly manifest throughout his career, it was after all as a diligent and painstaking parish priest that the real work of his life was accomplished. Just as his father before him, at the com- mencement of his life as a clergyman, had undertaken the formid- able task of establishing and developing a newly created ecclesias- tical district at Windy Nook, so did the Rev. C. E. Adamson, as a young and enthusiastic minister of the church he served, take upon his shoulders a similar but heavier burden in the parish of South Westoe. It detracts from neither the value nor the quality of his productions as an antiquary and historical enquirer, to say that his achievements as a clergyman constitute his chief title to public remembrance. In a special degree he merits the thanks of the inhabitants of South Westoe, who, to day, are reaping in large measure, the harvest of the seed he sowed during these, the most memorable years of his life, from 1876 to 1910, when he presided over the ecclesiastical progress of the parish and ministered to the spiritual needs of its people. Not that the sphere of his activities was limited during these A VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY. 55 years to his purely clerical duties. He took a wider and a truer view of his calling than this. He was a keen educationalist, and, first as a member of the old School Board of South Shields, and, later as one of the Education Committee he was for nineteen years engaged in the educational work of the borough. His early experiences as schoolmaster may have contributed to the interest he showed in the schooling of the children amongst whom his life was cast, but, be that as it may, it was an interest that never waned, but continued undimished until his promotion to the rectory of Houghton-le- Spring in 1910 brought his relations with his colleagues on the Education Committee to an end. It was during the same fertile period of his life's activities, in August, 1883, that he was elected a member of our Society. In 1892 he was appointed a member of the Council, and twenty years later had the honour of being selected as one of our vice-presidents. On 26 July, 1885, M r - Adamson was married at Westoe to Miss Clara Isabel Haggie, a daughter of Mr. P. Haggie of Cleadon Park. The eldest child of the marriage, the Rev. Edward Blythman Adamson is still living, and is now vicar of Grange town, near Sun- derland. The second child Lieut. Francis Douglas Adamson, of the Border Regiment, was one of the many gallant young English- men who laid down their lives for their country in the Great War. He was only 24 when he was killed in action in France on i6th November, 1915. Twelve months afterwards, on the anniversary of the day of his death, the bishop of Durham unveiled a memorial to him in the church at Houghton-le- Spring. It has already been casually mentioned that Mr. Adamson was promoted to the living of Houghton-le- Spring in 1910, and mem- bers of our Society who, in the summer of 1911, attended the out- door meeting held there will not have forgotten the hospitable welcome accorded them by Mr. and Mrs. Adamson, in the old rectory garden, and will still remember how completely they both 56 NOTICE OF THE REV. CUTHBERT EDWARD ADAMSON. appeared to realise the historical and traditional interest that clung round the church where Bernard Gilpin had preached and the home where he had dwelt. Houghton seemed an ideal charge for one with Mr. Adamson's tastes and temperament. But the population of the parish had grown, and with an increase of parishioners had come the inevitable increase of clerical duties. Mr. Adamson's health and advancing years proved unequal to the strain, and in the month of December, 1920, he made it known to his congregation that the time for his retirement was drawing near. In the early months of 1921 he resigned the living and went to reside at Sunderland, and there, on the 4th May, 1922, he died. He is survived by his widow, his daughter and two sons. If it were possible which it is not to sum up a personality in a phrase, the late Rev. C. E. Adamson might be fitly described as a good specimen of the conscientious worker a type of worker never too common, and a type that modern tendencies and condi- tions are rendering more uncommon than ever before. His writings as an antiquary are conscientiously thorough ; so were his labours as a clergyman. The man who merits the application of such a description at the end of a long and useful career, to the work he has done during life, has served his generation worthily and requires no better epitaph.

My surmise that Mill House was No 40 Market Street is incorrect. It was(is) undoubtedly No 25 Market Place. The confusion arose mainly because the numbers for the premises in the Market Place first appeared in the 1911 Census - before then the premises appeared as Schedule numbers. I am now believe the following history to be correct: George Wheatley (born 1829, 1834 or 1831, depending on which Census form he completed) was born in Dorset but moved to Dundee that Mecca of marmalade, jam and sweet manufacture, and married. Sometime between 1874 and 1876, he and his second wife (Josephine Findley b1851) and the first four of his nine children (George b1857; Charlotte b1866; Josephine b1869; Robert b1874) moved to Spennymoor and shortly afterwards to Newsham Place, Houghton-le-Spring, where he started a confectionery business. The rest of his children (Sophia b1876; Thomas b1879; and William b1881; Joseph b1887 and Elsie May b1894) were born in Spennymoor or Houghton. By 1891, George had purchased Mill Hill - a house and adjoining manufacturung premises in the Market Place, Houghton-le-Spring. He lived there until his death (1901-1911). The son Robert (b1874) married Jane Ann Swales (b1871 or 1873) and they had six children. Robert went to live at Market Street, Hetton-le-Hole in about 1895, where he probably set up his own wholesale confectionery business. However, when his father died, Robert and his family took over Mill Hill and lived there until they sold it to my Uncle Joe ( Joseph James Gibson) in 1913-1915. Critical to our research, Robert Wheatley completed the 1911 Census form for 25 Market Street, and gives the Postal Address as Mill House, Houghton-le-Spring (though this has been left out of the transcript). Robert's mother, Josephine, and his youngest sister, Elsie May, went to live at 35 Ironside Street after George's death. His brothers Thomas (b1879), living in the Market Place, and William (b1881), living at 7 Robinson Street, may have helped in the business. I wonder which of these Wheatleys set up the fruiterers business. And was the J Wheatley who was killed in WW1 Joseph b1887? Incidentally, the 1911 Census gives the "Jolly Farmer" as No 8 Market Place (John Wheatley age 48 as the innkeeper), and the "Black Horse" as No 22 Market Place (Mary Shields age 24 as the innkeeper).

PITS, pubs and ponies are all featured in a new book on a former County Durham mining community. But Historic Houghton and Surrounding Villages, by John Brereton, contains much more too – from scenic views to showman’s caravans and charabancs. “I’m very interested in the historic side of Houghton and accumulated these pictures over the years,” said John. “I don’t really have a favourite one, but I’ve found pictures with people in them seem to spark the most interest.” Street scenes, shops and pubs feature prominently in the new book, with several shots of St Michael and All Angels Church also shown. Pictures of Houghton Cut when it was just a country lane, as well as trams, buses and charabanc outings, are included too. “As the owner of the Gilpin Press in Houghton, I have published local history books for many other people over the years,” said John. “Many, many years ago we did publish our own small book on Houghton, but this is the first we have done with so many old photographs.” John, who started the Gilpin Press with a partner in 1960, hails from a long line of printers and publishers. “My father and grandfather moved to Hetton in 1926 and started their own printing works behind Sunderland Road,” he said. “Because of the depression, however, there wasn’t much work to be had, so they started the Hetton and Houghton Weekly Courier. “I believe it was one of the first free papers. Printing stopped in 1941, though, due to wartime paper rationing, and never re-started. “We always say our family has ink for blood – that we have printers’ ink in our veins. Printing and publishing has always been part of our lives.” John’s new book is already proving popular, with copies of the £4.99 paperback winging their way to ex-pat Houghtonians around the world. He is now hard at work compiling a book on the history of businesses within the Houghton area and said: “If anyone has old photographs of Houghton they would be willing to lend me for future books, I would be very happy to hear from them.” l Historic Houghton and Surrounding Villages

Her Royal Highness, Kate Middleton's ancestors came from Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring.
Kate's great-grandfather would often visit Houghton-le-Spring. Find out more about Houghton's heritage in this website.
Kate Middleton, Hetton-le-Hole. Royal's ancestors from mining village, Hetton and Houghton in County Durham.
Kate's great-grandfather, John Harrison, b. Barrington Terrace, Hetton Le Hole, co. Durham, 25 July 1874 [entry no. 90], in 1891 1897 1901 and 1904 a coal miner, in 1934 a miner, d. ... m. Register Office, Houghton le Spring, co. Durham, 23 Feb. 1897 [entry no. 112], from: http://www.wargs.com/other/middleton.html
From pit to palace.
Houghton Le Spring7 Mar 2011 ... From pit to palace: Kate's coal mining ancestry ... which shows Kate Middleton's great grandfather in Houghton Le Spring, England. ... From pit to palace: Kate Middleton's coal mining ancestry ...19 Apr 2011 ... A relative of Kate Middleton's shows an image of Middleton's great-grandfather Tom, front left, in Houghton Le Spring, England. ...
Where in County Durham did Kate Middleton's ancestors come from?

This website now sells copies of the new Houghton-le-Spring book 'Historic Houghton and Surrounding Villages'.

Do you know where we can buy Bernard Gilpin Ale or Bernard Gilpin light beer? This commemorative beer is available from this website over the Bernard Gilpin Weekend in March 2011.

Schools in the Houghton-le-Spring district Abbreviations used throughout this guide :- LB = log books AR = Admissions registers PB = punishment books M = Managers/Governors minutes P = photographs DR = Discharge registers O = anything other than the above Bernard Gilpin Secondary, Houghton M: 1958-74 (630/551) Burnside County, Houghton M: 1968-74 (630/546) Gillas Lane Infants, Houghton-le-Spring M: 1964-73 (630/543) Hopper Street Council Infants, Houghton-le-Spring see Houghton-le-Spring Council Infants Houghton-le-Spring Council Infants LB: 1865-1955 (T118/200-202) M: 1909-74 (630/530) Houghton-le-Spring Council Intermediate M: 1933-36 (T156/4) Houghton-le-Spring Day M: 1970-2 (630/599) Houghton-le-Spring Grammar M: 1958-72 (630/556) Houghton-le-Spring Nursery LB: 1946-68 (T118/197) M: 1947-73 (630/524-525) Lambton Colliery Infants, Houghton-le-Spring see Houghton-le-Spring Council Infants Lambton National Infants, Houghton-le-Spring see Houghton-le-Spring Council Infants Lambton National Mixed, Houghton-le-Spring (E.HS1) LB: 1872-1901 Newtown County Infants, Houghton-le-Spring LB: 1924-65 (T118/170-171) AR: 1910-46 (T156/34-35) O: 1953-64 (T156/82-108) M: 1934-61 (T156/3) St Michael C E Houghton-le-Spring AR: 1869-1910 (T156/30-33) O: 1904-34 (T156/56) see also Newtown County Infants St Michael's C E Infants, Houghton-le-Spring see Newtown Council Infants, Houghton-le-Spring

Information about Gilpin: When is the Apostle of the North Dinner in St Michael's Church, Houghton? March 4th 2011 marks the 428th anniversary of the death of Bernard Gilpin. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Bernard Gilpin, the Apostle of the North and father of the poor. 2017 also coincides with the 50th anniversary ox roasting at Houghton Feast, and event Gilpin is said to have inaugurated in the 1500s. When is the Bernard Gilpin Festival Weekend 2011? Apostle of the North Dinner Tickets for this Tudor Feast to be held in church on Friday 4th March are going fast; priced at £15 each which includes full 3 course meal and period entertainment. Numbers strictly limited to 120, available from John Lambton in church or by calling 07917817879; licensed bar on the night'. Coming soon as part of the Bernard Gilpin Festival Weekend Durham brewery are producing two beers that will be launched Saturday 5th March. The beers ‘Apostle’ and ‘Gilpin’ will be available locally in Houghton, look out for their arrival. ‘Apostle’ @ 3.8% AVB is a light golden refreshing beer. ‘Gilpin’ @ 5% AVB is a dark traditional English beer. 2011 will witness the inauguration of what is intended to be the annual Bernard Gilpin Festival Weekend which the Rector and the P.C.C. hope will raise awareness of the significance of our greatest Rector and increase the profile nationally of our Grade 1 Listed parish church. The weekend is timed to commemorate Gilpin’s death and it is intended that by 2015, five hundred years after his birth, the life and work of Gilpin will be recognised by the national Church. Events begin with a Tudor-styled meal and entertainment in church on Friday 4th March, followed on Saturday by the launch of Durham Brewery’s ‘Apostle of the North’ bitter ale. On Saturday evening there will be a concert based on the Tudor Evensong, devised and led by our Director of Music, George Peebles. Then at the Parish Eucharist on Sunday morning the Gilpin Sermon will be preached by the Ven. Ian Jagger, Archdeacon of Durham. Gilpin himself held the post of Archdeacon for a number of years, so it is highly appropriate that we have been able to persuade the Archdeacon to join us on this important occasion. Please give these events your support and help to make the Festival Weekend a great success. 1517 - Bernard Gilpin was born in Kentmere. 1541 - Bernard Gilpin was ordained. 1557 - Bernard Gilpin became rector of Houghton-le-Spring and helped expand the Michaelmas celebrations with his hospitality and the roasting of a bullock or hog. 1569 - Bernard Gilpin arrived back in his parish about a week before Christmas in 1569. He had, in a sense, ridden back in the train of the conquering Elizabethan army that was riding almost unopposed into the territory vacated by the fleeing earls. It had been at this time of year, eleven years previously, in 1558, that Gilpin had ridden back to Houghton a free man, after having been arrested by Bishop Bonner’s runners, and expecting to be burned at the stake for his views on matters of doctrine. 1574 - Kepier Grammar School was founded by Gilpin and John Heath. 1583 - Bernard Gilpin was knocked down by an ox in Durham Market Place and died on March 4th. Bernard Gilpin Tercentenary Clock - installed in Houghton Parish Church in 1885 The Gilpin Family Crest - adopted by Houghton from the family of its famous Rector Bernard Gilpin's Altar Tomb - now found in the South Transept of St Michael's Church Gilpin, or Gylpyn as it is sometimes recorded, is often referred to as the “Apostle of the North” or “Father of the Poor” for his many good deeds throughout his lifetime, as well as during his incumbency as Rector of Houghton (1558 to 1583). Bernard Gilpin died on March 4th 1583, however owing to the change in calendars, from the Julian to the Gregorian in 1752, when 11 days were omitted, the anniversary of Gilpin's death is on MONTH DAY of each year. With this in mind, 2011 will be the NUMBERth anniversary since his death.
Click here to find out about the Royal Wedding Street Party in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011. Join us as we celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton. The party will start in Houghton at 12noon and is open to all residents. All you have to do is bring a plate of food and a bottle of drink (non alcoholic) and a packet of balloons and party poppers.
Celebrate the Royal Wedding in Houghton-le-Spring! April 29th 2011. The first ever meeting of Houghton le Spring Round Table is recorded as being 02/04/1958. We received our charter (accepted in to Round Table Britain and Ireland) on 16/10/1958, but our official "Birthday" for anniversay celebrati...ons etc is 19/11/1958 .... hope that's not too confusing!

What do you know about the ox roasting at Houghton-le-Spring?
BERNARD GILPIN AND THE HOUGHTON OX-ROAST In the 13th.Century the Gilpin family lived in Kentmere Hall, near Kendal in the Lake District. King John granted Richard Gilpin the crest of a boar under an oak tree to honour his killing of a ferocious boar which was terrorising the neighbourhood. He helped found Houghton's Kepier School in 1574. He was a scholar and theologian who was politically not always on the popular side. He was only saved from trial and execution because the Queen died before he could reach London. His crest is now the logo of Houghton-le-Spring Rotary Club. The Rotary Club of Houghton-le-Spring took more than it's logo from Bernard Gilpin (Rector of St.Michaels and All Angels Church between 1557-84.) As well as being known as the "Apostle of the North" his other nickname was "Father of the Poor". This was because of his caring for the poor people of the Parish. Houghton Feast was a fair which had been celebrated since the 1100s but Gilpin started the custom of donating an ox to be roasted to feed the parish poor. It is thus appropriate that an organisation such as Rotary should continue to use this event as a source of fund raising for a variety of charitable causes. 1976 In 1967 The Rotary Club of Houghton-le-Spring recreated the ox-roast as part of Houghton Feast and have done it ever since. In that first year the ox was cooked over an open coke fire. A whole bullock was used but since the Government ban on the sale of beef on the bone four large boneless joints are now attached to the spit with clamps and wire strapping. It is now cooked over a specially built gas fire. It still takes at least 18 hours to cook and members of the Rotary Club take shifts throughout the night to regularly turn the spit. In 2009 Ron is seen checking the cooking temperature. Customers queue for hours and as soon as the Mayor has cut the first slice the hectic sale of around 1600 sandwiches takes place. The sad and ironic conclusion to the story of Bernard Gilpin is that in 1583 he was knocked down by an ox in Durham Market Place and died shortly afterwards.

Which is the oldest butchers in Houghton-le-Spring?
Traditional quality butchers in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear Pipers Quality Butchers have been providing their traditionally renowned butcher services to customers across the County of Durham since 1890. Michael Piper is a fifth generation butcher who took over from his father 4 years ago. His father's dedication to the business has led him to now manage the famous Piper's branch on Chester-le-Street, whilst the business also operates branches in Houghton-le-Spring and Durham's Indoor Market. We are a traditional family butchers who pride ourselves on supplying top quality meats and products - all sourced from local farms and markets.

HOW TO MAKE A SANDWICH? It may have been Bernard Gilpin (about 1560) who started the tradition of roasting an ox to feed the poor people of Houghton but for more than 40 years Houghton-le-Spring Rotary Club has continued this service. Ron Young has been in charge since 1988 and is a fund of facts about what goes on to make a sandwich. A week before the roasting, Pipers the butcher visit Bishop Auckland Farmer’s Mart to pick the best animals. The meat Is then hung for a week and boned. Alan Dickinson is involved with strapping the meat to the spit. This year the meat weighed 240 kilos (528 lbs) and cost £936. The stall is built by Sunderland Scaffolding Company and workers from the Council Gas Department. George Vardy Haulage provide a lorry and crane for transporting the spitted meat. The fires are lit the day before and the meat is turned according to a strict rota

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Civil Registration, Census, St Catherine’s Index & Registration Districts in England & Wales. The content of this book is go give the reader an understanding about Civil Registration - births, marriages and deaths. What are St Catherine’s Indexes? and how they can be used in your research. Registration Districts from 1837 - 1851 & 1852 - 1946 for all of England & Wales. The Census of England & Wales 1801-1901. Useful telephone numbers and addresses. The information within is correct at the time of printing. 60 pages £5.00 43. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Houghton-le-Spring - Marriages from Oct 1871 - Aug 1876 & Aug 1899 - July 1961. The content of this book is a record the marriages that took place at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Houghton-le-Spring. 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Fletcher by members of Rotary, working shifts day and night. On the day of the Feast a Council Health and Safety Officer visits to check that the temperature of the meat is more than 75 degrees. Finally the gas is turned off and the oven is dismantled by Council workers. Edinburgh Bakeries arrive with the buns and the staff to slice and prepare the sandwiches. At 4.00pm. The Mayor cuts the first slice and Club members start serving the waiting crowds. Considering the origins of Bernard Gilpin’s Ox it is appropriate that an organisation such as Rotary should continue to use this event as a source of fund raising for a variety of charitable causes. Bernard Gilpin Tercentenary Clock - installed in Houghton Parish Church in 1885 The Gilpin Family Crest - adopted by Houghton from the family of its famous Rector Bernard Gilpin's Altar Tomb - now found in the South Transept of St Michael's Church Gilpin, or Gylpyn as it is sometimes recorded, is often referred to as the “Apostle of the North” or “Father of the Poor” for his many good deeds throughout his lifetime, as well as during his incumbency as Rector of Houghton (1558 to 1583). Bernard Gilpin died on March 4th 1583, however owing to the change in calendars, from the Julian to the Gregorian in 1752, when 11 days were omitted, the anniversary of Gilpin's death is on MONTH DAY of each year. With this in mind, 2011 will be the NUMBERth anniversary since his death. The first ever meeting of Houghton le Spring Round Table is recorded as being 02/04/1958. We received our charter (accepted in to Round Table Britain and Ireland) on 16/10/1958, but our official "Birthday" for anniversay celebrati...ons etc is 19/11/1958 .... hope that's not too confusing!

What do you know about the ox roasting at Houghton-le-Spring?
BERNARD GILPIN AND THE HOUGHTON OX-ROAST In the 13th.Century the Gilpin family lived in Kentmere Hall, near Kendal in the Lake District. King John granted Richard Gilpin the crest of a boar under an oak tree to honour his killing of a ferocious boar which was terrorising the neighbourhood. He helped found Houghton's Kepier School in 1574. He was a scholar and theologian who was politically not always on the popular side. He was only saved from trial and execution because the Queen died before he could reach London. His crest is now the logo of Houghton-le-Spring Rotary Club. The Rotary Club of Houghton-le-Spring took more than it's logo from Bernard Gilpin (Rector of St.Michaels and All Angels Church between 1557-84.) As well as being known as the "Apostle of the North" his other nickname was "Father of the Poor". This was because of his caring for the poor people of the Parish. Houghton Feast was a fair which had been celebrated since the 1100s but Gilpin started the custom of donating an ox to be roasted to feed the parish poor. It is thus appropriate that an organisation such as Rotary should continue to use this event as a source of fund raising for a variety of charitable causes. 1976 In 1967 The Rotary Club of Houghton-le-Spring recreated the ox-roast as part of Houghton Feast and have done it ever since. In that first year the ox was cooked over an open coke fire. A whole bullock was used but since the Government ban on the sale of beef on the bone four large boneless joints are now attached to the spit with clamps and wire strapping. It is now cooked over a specially built gas fire. It still takes at least 18 hours to cook and members of the Rotary Club take shifts throughout the night to regularly turn the spit. In 2009 Ron is seen checking the cooking temperature. Customers queue for hours and as soon as the Mayor has cut the first slice the hectic sale of around 1600 sandwiches takes place. The sad and ironic conclusion to the story of Bernard Gilpin is that in 1583 he was knocked down by an ox in Durham Market Place and died shortly afterwards.

Which is the oldest butchers in Houghton-le-Spring?
Traditional quality butchers in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear Pipers Quality Butchers have been providing their traditionally renowned butcher services to customers across the County of Durham since 1890. Michael Piper is a fifth generation butcher who took over from his father 4 years ago. His father's dedication to the business has led him to now manage the famous Piper's branch on Chester-le-Street, whilst the business also operates branches in Houghton-le-Spring and Durham's Indoor Market. We are a traditional family butchers who pride ourselves on supplying top quality meats and products - all sourced from local farms and markets.

HOW TO MAKE A SANDWICH? It may have been Bernard Gilpin (about 1560) who started the tradition of roasting an ox to feed the poor people of Houghton but for more than 40 years Houghton-le-Spring Rotary Club has continued this service. Ron Young has been in charge since 1988 and is a fund of facts about what goes on to make a sandwich. A week before the roasting, Pipers the butcher visit Bishop Auckland Farmer’s Mart to pick the best animals. The meat Is then hung for a week and boned. Alan Dickinson is involved with strapping the meat to the spit. This year the meat weighed 240 kilos (528 lbs) and cost £936. The stall is built by Sunderland Scaffolding Company and workers from the Council Gas Department. George Vardy Haulage provide a lorry and crane for transporting the spitted meat. The fires are lit the day before and the meat is turned according to a strict rota by members of Rotary, working shifts day and night. On the day of the Feast a Council Health and Safety Officer visits to check that the temperature of the meat is more than 75 degrees. Finally the gas is turned off and the oven is dismantled by Council workers. Edinburgh Bakeries arrive with the buns and the staff to slice and prepare the sandwiches. At 4.00pm. The Mayor cuts the first slice and Club members start serving the waiting crowds. Considering the origins of Bernard Gilpin’s Ox it is appropriate that an organisation such as Rotary should continue to use this event as a source of fund raising for a variety of charitable causes.


What are the start times of the outdoor Passion Play at the old cemetery in Houghton-le-Spring?
Passion of the Christ, re-enactment at Houghton Hillside Cemetery, Houghton-le-Spring.
Who played Jesus in the Passion play at Houghton Church set outside in the old cemetery? Who was Bernard Gilpin? Bernard Gilpin was born in 1517 into a distinguished Westmoreland family, who lived at Kentmere Hall, six miles northwest of Kendal. Gilpin’s father, Edward Gilpin had eleven children by two marriages, Gilpin’s mother, Margaret, was the niece of Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of Durham, who was a scholar and theologian and had a great influence over Bernard. After attending Kendal Grammar School, Bernard went on to Queens College, Oxford at the age of 16. He was elected fellow of Queens and ordained in 1542; subsequently he was elected Student of Christ Church. By the time of Gilpin’s ordination, King Henry VIII had withdrawn England from her traditional obedience to the Roman Papacy, and Gilpin, as many other members of the clergy, as well as laymen and laywomen, found the situation very difficult. Gilpin became (for a while) champion of traditional Catholic teachings; in 1549 he became engaged in a series of debates with some of the leading reformers and this seems to have led him to have doubts about his own faith. In 1552 he was invited to preach a sermon at Greenwich before the new king
How do I contact Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society? You can contact Houghton Heritage Society using the following address or email: (Edward VI), and this sermon appears to have helped him secure appointment as Vicar of Norton-on-Tees. A year later, however, he resigned from this postion and set off on a series of journeys around France and the Netherlands, attending lectures and debates and reading extensively. Gilpin was appointed Rector of Houghton le Spring in March 1558, then one of the largest parishes in England covering twenty-four square miles and over 16 villages. The salary was worth £400 per year. This was an extremely large amount of money in those days and the Rectory, where he lived and worked, was described as more magnificent than a Bishop’s palace. Despite his important status, Gilpin was a generous man who always had the interests of his parishioners at heart. He was looked up to as a judge and did great service in preventing lawsuits. Each Sunday between Michaelmas and Easter he declared his rectory an ‘open house’ and gave free dinners to all who visited, whether they were rich or poor. Gilpin declined several offers of promotion, preferring to remain a parish priest. Towards the end of the reign of Queen Mary I Gilpin was arrested as a suspected Protestant “heretic”, but fell from his horse and broke his leg on his way to interrogation. He was unable to reach London before the death of Queen Mary and was thus never brought to trial. Houghton Kepier School Gilpin was a scholarly man and was keen to see that the humble and poor received a good education. Besides his open hospitality to strangers and parishioners, Bernard gave a permanent home to twenty four boys, whom he fed, clothed, boarded and educated, mostly at his own expense. He even sent some of his brightest young parishioners to university. With the financial help of a Londoner named John Heath (who owned land at Kepier near Durham), Gilpin founded Kepier Grammar School at Houghton le Spring in the late 1500s and this helped to improve the educational standards of the district. Among the famous students to attend Kepier school in later centuries was Robert Surtees (1779-1834), the great Durham historian. Later years Bernard Gilpin's good works extended beyond his parish and he is perhaps best known for his annual journeys through the dales of Northumberland, trying to restore church life in a region where civil society seemed to have been devastated by civil wars, wars with Scotland, feuding and robbery. He is reputed to have quelled feuds between families of Border Reivers and to have re-started services in tumbledown old chapels scattered around Northumberland. For this he is remembered as the “Apostle of the North.” Gilpin’s adventurous life came to a tragic and rather unexpected end on the 4th of March 1583. Some months earlier he was knocked down by oxen in Durham market place and suffered injuries from which he never recovered. Gilpin was buried beneath a simple altar tomb, located in the south transept of the parish church of St Michael and All Angels, Houghton le Spring, in the centre of the community which he had served for a quarter of a century. Many residents of Houghton today commemorate Bernard Gilpin's goodness and generosity in the roasting of the ox at the annual “Houghton Feast.” The Feast is an ancient festival that has its origins in the 1100s as the dedication festival to the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels. Houghton Feast begins on the first Friday in October and lasts for ten days.

What is the address of the Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Centre? The Heritage Centre can be contacted at www.houghtonheritage.co.uk or via Dubmire Court, Fencehouses, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 5NF.
What is the name of the new JD Weatherspoons in Houghton-le-Spring? It is called THE WILD BOAR, Wild BoarFrederick Place, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH4 4BN.
Click here to find out about the Royal Wedding Street Party in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011. Join us as we celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton. The party will start in Houghton at 12noon and is open to all residents. All you have to do is bring a plate of food and a bottle of drink (non alcoholic) and a packet of balloons and party poppers.
Celebrate the Royal Wedding in Houghton-le-Spring! April 29th 2011.
Where is the Royal Wedding Street Party taking place in Houghton-le-Spring on April 29th 2011? Come along to the party! Bring a plate of food and a bottle!
Where is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Street party taking place in Houghton-le-Spring in 2012?

Her Royal Highness, Kate Middleton's ancestors came from Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring.
Kate's great-grandfather would often visit Houghton-le-Spring. Find out more about Houghton's heritage in this website.
Kate Middleton, Hetton-le-Hole. Royal's ancestors from mining village, Hetton and Houghton in County Durham.
Kate's great-grandfather, John Harrison, b. Barrington Terrace, Hetton Le Hole, co. Durham, 25 July 1874 [entry no. 90], in 1891 1897 1901 and 1904 a coal miner, in 1934 a miner, d. ... m. Register Office, Houghton le Spring, co. Durham, 23 Feb. 1897 [entry no. 112], from: http://www.wargs.com/other/middleton.html
From pit to palace.
Houghton Le Spring7 Mar 2011 ... From pit to palace: Kate's coal mining ancestry ... which shows Kate Middleton's great grandfather in Houghton Le Spring, England. ... From pit to palace: Kate Middleton's coal mining ancestry ...19 Apr 2011 ... A relative of Kate Middleton's shows an image of Middleton's great-grandfather Tom, front left, in Houghton Le Spring, England. ...
Where in County Durham did Kate Middleton's ancestors come from?
Sunderland Echo 21/11/1902 Page 2 Deceased Colliery Managers Yesterday afternoon the remains of Mr Joseph Stokoe who died at Edinburgh on Monday, at the age of 71 years, were buried in the churchyard of Newbottle Parish Church. Deceased was a son of Mr Michael Stokoe, colliery manager, of Philadelphia, and began work under his father passing through the several stages of a pitmans life until he was appointed manager of Houghton-le-Spring Colliery. This position he held for 30 years, but when seven years ago the new arrangement was made he retired. He was a member of Houghton Board of Guardians for 40 years, and sat also as a representative on the old Houghton Local Board when Sir George Elliot and the late Mr Robinson (the Brewery) were members. When an Urban District Council was created, he became the first chairman, and in consequence, a justice of the peace for the county. Deceased had two sons-Mr T Stokoe, who was manager at Heworth Colliery, and Dr Ben Stokoe, Medical Officer of Gateshead-but both are dead. A daughter survives.
The Houghton Wyverns. Have you seen the Houghton-le-Spring Wyverns? They can be found in St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham.

Mr. THOMAS WILLIAM USHERWOOD ROBINSON was well- known as a diligent and judicious collector. For many years he resided at Houghton-le- Spring and subsequently at Hardwick Hall, both in the county of Durham, and his house was a museum of literary and archaeological curiosities. His collec- tion of books printed at Newcastle, including the productions of Bewick, was probably unrivalled, and of late years he devoted his attention to forming a collection of the antiquities of the Stone and Bronze Ages, which was especially rich in the Irish and the American departments. His collection from the Swiss lake dwellings will probably go to enrich the British Museum. His collection of English coins, especially those struck in our northern mints, was also extensive. He was a man of a genial and liberal disposition and was a great benefactor to the Sun- derland Museum, and in a less degree to those of Newcastle and York. Of late years he suffered much from failing health, but at one time took an active part in local business and was also a captain in the North Durham militia. He died at Hard- wick Hall on the 25th of August last at the age of 62, having been a Fellow of this Society since 1878.
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Where in Houghton-le-Spring is the new ASDA opening?
ASDA, Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4.
Is there an ASDA supermarket opening on the site of Houghton Colliery?
Houghton Colliery site to become an ASDA supermarket?
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What are the start times of the outdoor Passion Play at the old cemetery in Houghton-le-Spring?
Passion of the Christ, re-enactment at Houghton Hillside Cemetery, Houghton-le-Spring.
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James Pallister He appears in the 1841 Census returns of the Pallister family (when they were all living in East Rainton) as age 10, born 1831. My cited birth date, and the birth dates for his mother and father, and all his siblings are those given in this Census. I sought confirmation, but, Infuriatingly, I found that NONE of their births appear in the Parish records.Likewise, NONE of the burial dates. The BMD records give the death of a James Pallister at Durham Central in Jan-Mar 1840, 24, 38. After much re-think, I conclude that my birth & death information is probably correct, ie that James was 16 when he died. So who is the James Pallister in your own records?. My own search of the Parish Records confirmed your info. i.e. that he died aged 5, and was buried at Houghton on Sept 20th 1847. I think this must be a James Pallister born at Auckland in 1842, 24, 2 or less probably one born at Durham Central in 1840, 24, 38 (iBMD records). William Pallister Dobson. The Parish records confirm the info you give. William P was born in 1865/6. His father died when he was 4 (late 1869). His brother John was 'feebled-minded' and went to live nearby with his paternal grandfather (later he was sent to a Roman Catholic Reformatory School in Yorkshire). John P went sent as a boarder to Nesham Hall School. By 1881, he was back aged 15 living with his mother (nee Martha Pallister) and sister (Marion) at Newsham Place. His occupation was then described as an 'assistant clerk in Col Office'. The entry of his death in the BMD reads "William Pallister Dobson died Stockton 1890, July-Sep, 10a, 56 aged 24". John died aged 37 at Houghton in 1904. Isabella Pallister. Your info also confirmed in the Parish Records. She first appears in the Censuses in 1861 as a Cap Seller aged 61. She is listed as a widow living with a family in London. How she ended up in a Houghton Union Poor House I know not. Others found in the churchyard. Two of these could have been related to Pallisters the drapers. Archibald Pallister of East Rainton was born in 1756 and died aged 69. The Thomas Pallister who died aged 1 in1808 was his son.
How do I contact Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society? You can contact Houghton Heritage Society using the following address or email:
Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society was formed to promote, share and preserve the local history of the Houghton-le-Spring district. The Society uses the Internet to share aspects of Houghton-le-Spring's heritage which otherwise would not be accessible to the public, including those in (residents) and beyond the town's boundaries (descendants and expatriates). The Society actively records current aspects of Houghton which will be of interest in the future, preserves and/or reintroduces local traditions and customs, and supports schools and educational establishments in the Houghton district with the promotion of our local heritage. Bernard Gilpin Weekend Once again we celebrate the life of Houghton-le-Spring’s most famous Rector, Bernard Gilpin, with a variety of events to suit all tastes and all ages! Bernard Gilpin lived during Tudor times so we are basing our weekend on “Exploring the Tudors” concentrating on the everyday lives of the people. On Saturday 3 March between 10.30am and 2pm in Church we are holding “Exploring the Tudors”: A Family Fun Day. There will be Tudor Cookery Demonstrations Tudor Dance: Come and learn a few new steps Storytelling by Bernard Gilpin, himself! Tudor singing Craft activities History Trails and Quizzes Admission Free Timetable In Church 10.45-11.15. SINGING 11.15-11.45. COOKERY DEMONSTRATION 11.45-12.15. DANCE 12.15-12.45. SINGING 12.45-1.15. COOKERY DEMONSTRATION 1.15-1.45. DANCE On Mezzanine Floor: Bernard Gilpin Story telling at 10.30-45, 11.30-11.45, 12.30-45 & 1.15-1.30 Arts and crafts tables going on throughout the day. Later on Saturday 3 March in Church at 5pm there will be a Concert celebrating Bernard Gilpin and performed by the Royal School of Church Music. Admission free. On Sunday 4 March at 10am we hold our Bernard Gilpin Service and are delighted to have as our preacher The Vicar of Gilpin’s home parish of Kentmere. The Service is followed by the Gilpin Lunch at 12.15pm in the Kepier Hall. Tickets £5 from Next 900 Team or sign the list in Church.

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Where in Houghton-le-Spring is the new ASDA opening?
ASDA, Newbottle Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4.
Is there an ASDA supermarket opening on the site of Houghton Colliery?
Houghton Colliery site to become an ASDA supermarket?
Houghton Colliery site to be developed into an ASDA?
What are the start times of the outdoor Passion Play at the old cemetery in Houghton-le-Spring?
Passion of the Christ, re-enactment at Houghton Hillside Cemetery, Houghton-le-Spring.
Who played Jesus in the Passion play at Houghton Church set outside in the old cemetery?
Where can I find details of Diamond Jubilee Events taking place in Houghton-le-Spring, DH4, DH5, June 2012? Events for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Houghton Le Spring.

The Houghton Heritage Walk HISTORY buffs have the chance to go on a tour of Houghton. A guided walk takes place on Saturday, September 8th. The free event will also take in the restoration and history of Rectory Park, which dates back to 1483, and Bernard Gilpin who was known as the Apostle of the North. There may also be the chance to stop and enjoy a coffee at the historic St Michael and All Angels, Houghton’s parish church, which is more than 1,000 years old. For further information visit: www.houghtonlespring.org.uk/events Walk around Historic Houghton-le-Spring

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