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Washington Galleries Bus Station

Galleries Bus Station - Then.
THEN
The Cold & Draughty Bus Shelter
Woolco: top-right

 

Now Picture
NOW
View from the overhead walkway near Durham House
Escalator up: left.  Steps up: right.

[ Photo: J.G. 27th December 2017 ]

 

Galleries Bus Station - Then.
THEN
The original concrete steps, from The Galleries main entrance and Woolco Superstore, to the Bus Station & car parks

 

Galleries Bus Station / Woolco - Then.
THEN
Steps down to The Galleries Bus Station.   Woolco Superstore

 

Washington Galleries Bus Station

Then Escalator
THEN
Kids will be Kids!
The Original Escalators at the north end of the Galleries Bus Station.

[ Does anyone know who the Kids are, or who took this superb photograph? ]

 

Galleries Cycle Race - Then.
THEN
Major Cycle Race
The Bus Station is behind the escalators and the cyclists are facing north.

 

Now Picture
NOW
Compare the walkway pillars, the pattern of the fencing, the curved street lamp and the 'no-entry' sign.
The outdoor escalator has been removed and its replacement is on the other side
of the walkway, where it leads directly into the new Bus Station.

[ Photo: J.G. 27th December 2017 ]

 

Site of Washington Galleries Bus Station

( Alongside the large building, bottom-left )

Then Aerial View
THEN
Oxclose Village (under construction), Washington Highway, Car Parks, Durham House and Washington Galleries Bus Station.
On the Durham House side, the Outside Escalator and Concrete Steps lead down and away from the Bus Station.
From the road/walkway on the Woolco side, the Concrete Steps lead down into the Bus Station.

 

South Approach To Washington Galleries Bus Station

Road to Galleries Bus Station - Then.
THEN
Left to Car Parks.  Ahead to Bus Station.   Right to Washington Highway, Oxclose and Lambton.

[  Traffic lights here now. ]

 

Aerial View
SOME YEARS LATER
Aerial View showing The Galleries and its Bus Station

[ Note the road junction shown in the top image. ]

 

Google Earth Picture
NOW
Google Earth

[ 2018 ]

 

View From Sheddon's Hill

... looking North.

Then Picture
THEN
Eighton Banks as seen from the lower, north side of Sheddon's Hill.   Bowes Railway Level Crossing, centre-picture.
The square section chimney is that of the Ouston / Pelaw Main, Eighton Banks Engine.  Blackim Hill Engine is further right.
Mount Moor Colliery was off-picture, left.

[ Ordnance Survey maps spell it as Sheddon's Hill but, as kids, we always pronounced it Shay-dun's Hill. ]

 

Now Picture
NOW
[ Photo: J.G. 18th May 2017 ]

 

View Back To Sheddon's Hill

... looking South.

Then Picture
THEN
Sheddon's Hill as seen from the Ouston / Pelaw Main Railway at Eighton Banks, Bank Head.
Engine House, left.  Up the road to The Mill House.  Down the road to The Ship Inn
The Map below shows the two Waggonways that passed through Eighton Banks.

[ Photograph supplied by Malcolm Young. ]

 

Mount Moor Colliery
Blackfell Hauler & Mount Moor Colliery
[ Photograph by David Kitching ]

Sheddon's Hill
Sheddon's Hill & Blackfell Hauler
[ The Mill House Hotel & Washington are beyond the hill. ]

 

Map
Sheddon's Hill & Eighton Banks
[ OS Map: 1888 - 1913 ]

Mount Moor Colliery (aka Vale Pit) is described as disused on the above map.
Durham Mining Museum list it as opening before 1826 and closing in May 1931.
Maybe the original mine was abandoned, then reopened some years later.

The Pontop & Jarrow is usually referred to as The Bowes Railway.
The railway crossing it at right-angles is the Ouston / Pelaw Main Railway.

 

The Mill House Hotel

... looking South-East.

Then Picture
THEN
The Mill House Hotel seen across the fields from the road to Eighton Banks.  Sheddon's Hill is off-picture, left.

 

Now Picture
NOW
Mill House staff and customers evacuated as 26 Firefighters tackle major blaze.

[ Image posted by Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, 13th Sept 2018 ]

 

Now Picture
NOW
Emergency Services at the Scene.

[ Image posted by The Sunderland Echo, 13th Sept 2018 ]

 

Then Picture
THEN
The Mill House Hotel