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Susan Peareth's School (Founded 1814) - Top of Well Bank

School House
THEN
Founded & funded by widow Mrs Susan Peareth, Lady of Peareth Hall, to teach
reading, writing & numeracy to local children of poor families.

[ Photo by John Routledge of the Blue Bell Inn ]

 

Blue Bell & School House
THEN
Blue Bell Inn   -   Susan Peareth's School   -   Top of Well Bank Road   -   Penshaw Monument (lost in a bright sky)   -   'F' Pit Heap

 

School House, gone!
NOW
Blue Bell Inn   -   Grass Plot where Susan Peareth's School once stood  -   Top of Well Bank Road   -   Penshaw Monument

[ Photo: J.G. 1st Dec 2016 ]

 

Behind the Blue Bell
The south-facing apex of Susan Peareth's School
and the street behind the Blue Bell Inn

The 25 Bus on Well Bank
The 25 Bus making its way past the School Entrance.

 

Mrs Peareth lived a short walk away.  Click Me to find out where.

 

The Blue Bell Inn
( Coach Road, High Usworth )

Blue Bell / Old School House
THEN
The School House standing close to the Coach Road, which once led from Great Usworth to Little Usworth.
Blue Bell Inn is on the right.  Susan Peareth's School was immediately off-picture, right.

 

Blue Bell to Old School
NOW
Blue Bell Inn, looking towards the Entrance of the School House - seen behind lamp post.

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

 

Blue Bell Then
THEN
Main Entrance to Blue Bell Inn, viewed from the backstreet connecting Well Bank (left) to Coach Road (right).

 

Blue Bell Now
NOW
Main Entrance to The Blue Bell, viewed from Coach Road.

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

 

THEN for Blue Bell
THEN
Blue Bell Inn from School House Entrance

NOW for Coach Road
NOW
[ Photo: J.G. 5th June 2018 ]

 

The School House
( The Former Great & Little Usworth Board School )

The School House
NOW
This was the Headmaster's House.  The former Caretaker's House stands off-picture, left.
That's Coach Road Estate in the background.

[ Photo: Tom Copeman, 1st Jan 2005 ]

 

Map of Great & Little Usworth School
THEN
Extract from O.S. 25 Inch Map, 1892-1914.
Note the Headmaster's House, the Caretaker's House (alongside the road) and the large School Building.

 

Headmaster's House
NOW
The Headmaster's House from inside the grounds.

[ Photo: J.G. 2nd July 2018.   Many thanks to the Lady of the House for her kind permission to post these photographs. ]

 

Top Inscription - Headmaster's House
NOW
Note the date in the apex:  1878

[ Photo: J.G. 2nd July 2018 ]

 

B & W Inscription
THEN
Upper and Lower Inscriptions on the Headmaster's House
( Some time ago - check the shovel blade below. )

 

Lower Inscription - Headmaster's House
NOW
SEAL OF THE GREAT & LITTLE   -   USWORTH SCHOOL BOARD
LABORARE EST ORARE
'To Work Is To Pray'

[ Photo: J.G. 2nd July 2018 ]

 

Caretaker's House
NOW
The Caretaker's House from inside the grounds.

[ Photo: J.G. 2nd July 2018. ]

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Unfortunately, I don't have any photographs of the School Buildings in their original state.
If you have any you'd like to share, I'll be delighted to post them here.
I'll also make sure that the residents get copies.

 

Spout Lane, The Coop & Victoria Road

New Inn Corner - Then 3
THEN  (1 of 2)
The Cooperative Store on Spout Lane was New Washington's very own super-store.

[ The Butchery Department had its own abattoir.  Once, in the Butcher's Shop with my Mam, I was allowed to hold the bolt gun.  Wow! ]

 

New Inn Corner - Now 3.
NOW  (1 of 2)
Spout Lane is no longer a through road.

[ Photo: J.G. 18th Oct 2017 ]

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The Main Road to Houghton-Le-Spring

New Inn Corner - Between Now & Then.
Between
THEN & NOW
Spout Lane: Leading to 'The Comrades' playing fields, Washington Miners' Welfare Hall,
The Police Station, Washington Grammar School and Washington Village.

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The Coop viewed from Spout Lane

Spout Lane / Coop - Then 2
THEN  (2 of 2)
Main Building: Drapery / Department / Dairy Dept / Greengrocery.   New Inn Corner - Victoria Road - New Rows Terrace.

[ The alley between The Coop Buildings leads to the Alexandra Theatre, later the Regal Cinema.  In 1904, New Rows was in the Parish of Usworth. ]

 

Spout Lane / Coop - Now 2.
NOW  (2 of 2)
Spout Lane is no longer a through road and the New Inn is now called the New Tavern.

[ Photo: J.G. 30th Oct 2017 ]

 

Spout Lane / Western Terrace

Spout Lane
THEN
Straight ahead to the New Inn Corner.   The Old Grammar School entrance was of off-picture, passenger side of the car.

[ Postcard Photo contributed by owner, Keith Cockerill.  Attached Stamp: King George VI, who reigned from Dec 1936 to Feb 1952. ]

 

Spout Lane 2019
NOW
The original Spout Lane is blocked by a pedestrian underpass.   This road now curves to the left, just before the distant trees.

[ Photo: J.G. 13th August 2019 ]

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THEN
1950 Map
A Major Thoroughfare to Houghton-le-Spring
[ Map: 1950s ]

NOW
2000 Map
Blocked ... by two Pedestrian Tunnels!
[ Map: 2000 ]

 

Spout Lane / Municipal Terrace

Horse & Cart
THEN
Municipal Terrace ( 5 chimney pots per house! )     Spout Lane     Straight ahead to New Inn Corner.

 

Cars
NOW
Spout Lane: just up the bank from the A1231 (Sunderland Highway) which now blocks this road.   [ June 2014 ]

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BETWEEN THEN & NOW
Underpass
Construction of the A1231 Sunderland Highway Pedestrian Underpass.
[ Note the temporary by-pass road. ]

Spout Lane Blocked!
Above The Pedestrian Underpass
[ Note Washington Grammar School playing fields.  Photo: Thanks to Adrian Lupton. ]

 

THEN
1950 Map
A Major Thoroughfare to Houghton-le-Spring
[ Map: 1950s ]

NOW
2000 Map
Blocked ... by two Pedestrian Tunnels!
[ Map: 2000 ]