WASHINGTON COLLIERY MINERS' WELFARE HALL, SPOUT LANE


( Click Picture )

Painted early June 2018 by Washington man, David Simpson, in the style of L. S. Lowry.
On behalf of former Welfare Members:  Many thanks, David.  It's brilliant!

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I took a few photos in Usworth Welfare Park earlier this month.
If all goes well, I'll have a 'Then & Now for next weekend.
See what happened to our superb Football Pitch!

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1. PHOTO GALLERY

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    Bookie's Board
  • * NEW *

    Havelock & Coop
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    'F' Pit Banksman
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    Lloyd's Bank
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    Jimmy Hagan

1.1  Next to a Pub and a Club: the shop of George Lang, the Bookie.  An advertising board showing the shop's address.

1.2  Picture of North Biddick Club, The Havelock Arms & The Coop on Bonemill Road.  [Chester-le-Street Advertiser]

1.3  Remember the 'F' Pit banksman on the right?  Over the years, he must have 'rapped' thousands of miners U/G.

1.4  Upgraded picture:  Lloyd's Bank (Dentist's above) & New Inn Corner.  Much better quality than its predecessor.

1.5  2nd photo / autograph added to Jimmy's article.  Football fan?  Never heard of Jimmy Hagan?  You'll be amazed!

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Monument Terrace Shops

Quiet a few years after the
picture preceding it.

There's an additional phone wire, too!


2. ARTICLES, SELECTIONS, MAPS ETC.

 


This is a 'NOW' image.

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Bella Gaunt - Go to Tab 2

 


Pant up Well Bank!

2.1  The 'THEN' picture couldn't be more different!  A small wooden bridge perpendicular to the road - near the trees.

2.2  Find out how another child of Usworth Colliery Disaster casualty, Robert Richardson, served her local community.

2.3  Pant found in the Donwell area.  Uncovered due to a garden project.  What's a Pant and why is it significant?

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North Biddick Colliery

Our least known major Pit.

Loads of non-riverside residents
have never heard of it!

Two Articles

 


'Butney' Pit


3. OTHER STUFF

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Something Completely Different!

Following several positive comments
about my Dad's Blue Plaque,
I've designed one for
Your House!

Click the Plaque and go to the bottom of the page.

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MORE PITS & PAINTINGS!

Current Exhibitions in Local Museums

SOUTH SHIELDS MUSEUM - until 29th September - KING COAL
A mining exhibition based around collieries in the South Tyneside area.
The highlight for me was the dozen or so, original, 'oil on canvas', mining paintings by local artist, Robert Olley.  You can stand right up to them - their content and quality is brilliant.  Elsewhere you can see the bell of HMS Kelly.

SUNDERLAND MUSEUM - until 22nd July - NAVAL HEROES
Includes a cracking portrait of Admiral Nelson and a sensational original portrait of (arguably) the greatest of our heroes at Trafalgar - local lad, Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood.  In the same room, you'll find a small, but interesting, collection of original sketches and paintings by L. S. Lowry.
There's also a small mining exhibition.
      Click Trafalgar 2018 for some 'less than respectful' Pit / Navy humour!

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'What's Where'  &  'How To Get There'

( Click one of these great pictures. )

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Lucy Maud Montgomery
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