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Usworth Colliery / Waterloo Road

Then
THEN
Usworth Colliery closed in August 1974.   Sulgrave Road (right) connects Waterloo Road to Usworth Station.

[ Photographed in 1974 and contributed by photographer Stafford Linsley. ]

 

Now
NOW
Sulgrave Road has been extended to the left and Waterloo Road is blocked at this 'T' junction

[ Photos: J.G. 10th Jan 2017 ]

 

Cornwallis
NOW
Cornwallis:  once the road to Mrs Ward's Post Office.

[ Former site of Brickyard, 23rd Jan 2017 ]

Trafalgar Road
NOW
Trafalgar Road:  opposite Cornwallis.

[ Former site of Old Row, 10th Jan 2017 ]

 

Brickyard
THEN
Usworth Brickyard:  site of the future Cornwallis.

[ The road to the Post Office was off-picture, left. ]

Old Row
THEN
Old Row:  site of the future Trafalgar Road.

[ At the crossroads with the P.O. road:  the way into Usworth Green. ]

 

Then
THEN
Usworth Brickyard, Usworth Colliery & Old Row, May 1965
Waterloo Road runs between the kilns and Old Row.

[ Courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums ]

 

Map
THEN
The original route of Waterloo Road, circa 1965

[ Sulgrave Road did not exist. ]

 

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Usworth Colliery Lodge Banner ( 2015 )


The New Usworth Colliery Lodge Banner


... as seen at Durham Big Meeting, 11th July 2015

[ The above 'Usworth 2015 Banner' photographs appear here by kind permission of photographer David Jones (W.G.S. 1959).  Cheers Dave. ]

N.B.  Former W.G.S. ( 1951 Intake) pupil, Stafford Linsley's superb 1974 picture of Usworth Colliery is replicated on the 'new' Usworth Lodge Banner.

 

Saint Michael And All Angels Church, Usworth

Then
THEN
The Mission Church, later Saint Michael's.     The junction of Edith Avenue, Manor Road and Waterloo Road.

A wooden 'Church Hut' stood within those gates in the 1950s.  This is where the local Cub Scouts met, me included.

 

Now
NOW
Saint Michael And All Angels Church, Sulgrave.   [ May 2014 ]

Pawson's Dress Factory  (which once stood diagnally opposite St. Michael's Church)

Then 1
THEN
Pawson's Factory employed lots of women & girls in buildings that once housed the original Usworth School and a Methodist Church.

Note one of Usworth Colliery Pit Heaps on the right horizon and glimpses of Railway Terrace and Usworth Green 'Prefabs'.

 

Now
NOW
Waterloo Road and 'the new' Marlborough Road.   Manor Road is off-picture, left.  The road up Edith Avenue no longer exists!

[ Photo: J.G. 28th Feb 2017 ]

 

Then 2
THEN
Pawson's Factory on Waterloo Road.   Sewing machines behind glass.

Allegedly, the girls had to work long & hard for their wages!

 

Aerial View
NOW
Route of the former road from St. Michael's, up Edith Avenue, to Usworth Station Rd.

[ Thanks to Google Earth. ]

 

Edith Avenue
THEN
Edith Avenue:  St. Michael's Church and Pawson's Factory are at the bottom of the bank.

[ That's Usworth Colliery in the distance. ]

This brings back memories of Brag games in my mate Fernie's front room at 44, Edith Avenue.  "Am gannin a tanner, blind!"

 

Usworth Colliery Miners' Welfare Hall - Manor Road

... just east of Northumberland Way bridge.

Then Picture
THEN
Usworth Colliery Miners' Welfare Hall

There was a billiard / snooker room upstairs.   It overlooked Manor Road and The Parkie's house.  Anyone remember which windows?
I went home for lunch, travelling from Usworth Juniors to Don Gardens via the path between that fence and the Welfare Hall.
Remember the out-door, one-man, gents' urinal behind the Hall?  It was close to the path ... with no privacy whatsoever!
Later, there was a Scout Hut positioned very close to where the haystack stands.

 

Now Picture
NOW
The former site of Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall showing its proximity to Usworth Colliery Mixed School

[ Photo: J.G. 19th Jan 2017 ]

 

Aerial Picture
Wefare Hall & Usworth Colliery Mixed School

Usworth Banner
Usworth Lodge Banner outside the Welfare Hall

 

 

THEN
1950 Map
Welfare Hall - adjacent to the Senior School playground
[ 1951 ]

NOW
2000 Map
Northumberland Way - passing the empty site
[ 2000 ]

 

Stile Inn & Top Club - Usworth Station Road

Stile Inn Customers
THEN
Stile Inn Regulars.   Compare the pub sign shape, entrance roof and the window sills & lintels with those in the following image.

 

Top Club.
THEN
The Original Usworth Working Men's Club with Elliot Terrace beyond.     The Stile Inn with Woodland Terrace, beyond.

 

Top Club & Stile Inn
THEN
Many Years Later:  Usworth Working Men's Club and Stile Inn.     New by-pass road to Usworth Station.

[ Note the C.I.U. sign - Club & Institute Union ]

 

Top Club & Stile Inn - Gone!
NOW
The Old Top Club is gone and the Stile Inn site is a car park.   Woodland Terrace gable-end replaces that of the Stile Inn.
Usworth Station Road is blocked, just beyond the trees, by Northumberland Way.

[ Photo: J.G. 22nd Dec 2016 ]

 


Top Club Demolition - 1970


Stile Inn Demolition - 2001

 

Lots of old pub pictures at:  Pub Crawl

 

Usworth Colliery Welfare Park Pavilion

( Upper Section:  Bowls, Putt & Tennis. )

Then Picture
THEN
Usworth Bowling Club in Competition

 

Now Picture 1
NOW
Usworth Bowling Club is still active and this is their Tournament Green.

[ Photo: J.G. 5th June 2018 ]

 

Now Picture 2
NOW
I'm told that this green, where young and less skilful players could enjoy a game of Bowls, is no longer being maintained.
Blimey, look at those trees growing behind the Pavilion.  What's happened to the football pitch?

[ Photo: J.G. 5th June 2018 ]

 

Then Picture
THEN
The Tennis Courts with the two Bowling Greens just beyond.  The pavilion is off picture, upper-right.
Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall and Colliery Pit Heap are in the background.

 

Map
THEN
Once a huge Public Park - note all the grass - with a resident Park Keeper to look after it.
Who remembers the open-air Gent's at the corner of the football field?

[ Map: 1965 ]

 

Google Image 2017
NOW
Note how much of Usworth Park has been lost to the local community,
and how the A195 cuts straight through the football field!

 

Then Picture
THEN
Usworth C.W. Sports Day, 1965: The Washington Greys march from the Playground onto the No.2 Football Field.
Frame for The Swings, Usworth Colliery Mixed School, Pit Heap and Showmen's Vans in the background.

[ Picture: Sunderland Echo. ]

To take a look behind the Pavilion, go to the next Tab.

 

Behind Usworth Pavilion

( Lower Section:  Changing Rooms & Superb Football Field. )

Then Picture 1
THEN
Usworth Pavillion - Football Changing Rooms
Up the Steps to the Bowling Greens.

 

Now Picture 3
NOW
Bricked up changing room entrances and windows.
Mesh on the upper, extended windows.

[ Photo: J.G. 5th June 2018 ]

 

Now Picture 4
NOW
Trees on our once greatly admired football field.  In the 1970/71 season, it hosted the F.A. Cup, 4th Qualifying Round,
game between Washington Football Club and Bradford Park Avenue.  The professional team won 3 - 0.
Usworth Colliery Welfare Park was packed with 3,000 spectators, including Yours Truly.
Our team gave a good account of themselves.  What a sad sight it is now!

[ Photo: J.G. 5th June 2018 ]

 

Now Picture 5
NOW
Bowling Greens on the left of the Pavilion.
Trees and the A195 on the Field.

[ Photo: J.G. 5th June 2018 ]

 

Then Picture 2
THEN
Washington Greys Jazz Band - on the Football Pitch at Usworth Colliery Welfare Park - 1965.

 

Then Picture
THEN
Usworth Sports Day.   Jonty Simpson overseeing Boldon Colliery Melody Makers Jazz Band onto the main Football Field.
The Parkie's house, Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall, Usworth Colliery Senior School & Usworth Pit Heap.

[ Picture, early 1970s:  Thanks to Ray Middleton. ]