Wearside Echoes: Living in the past day by day

MARCH: Wear Water Cottage. The Davison family ran a cafe in the garden in the 1880s. The sign over the door reads: Herb Tea.

MARCH: Wear Water Cottage. The Davison family ran a cafe in the garden in the 1880s. The sign over the door reads: Herb Tea.

IT’S time to make a date with 2013.

South Hylton Local History Group is going back to the future to mark next year in style – with a calendar featuring old scenes from around the area over the past 100 years.

“Last year’s idea of printing a potted history alongside each picture proved very popular, so we decided to do the same again for 2013,” said society secretary Doug Scrafton.

“Our new twist is to include photos of North Hylton as well as South Hylton, to tie in with the fact that we have started to include pictures of the other village on our website.”

Among the highlights of the 2013 calendar is a picture of St Mary’s Church, which was built in the 1870s on land given to the parish by Admiral Maling, of the pottery family. A close-up of Hylton Grange at North Hylton is also included – once the home of Charles W. Grimshaw, owner of the local cement works – as is a vintage image of Wear Water Cottage.

“The photo was taken in around 1880, when the Davison family were living there,” said Doug. “On summer days boat trips would come up the river and stop and have tea in the garden.”

Other pictures include Hylton Station – axed by Dr Beeching in 1964 – as well as the George and Dragon pub and a chemist on the corner of Primrose Street and Railway Terrace.

“The first date we have for the drug store is the 1930s, when it was under the control of the Nimmo’s. In 1960 it was managed by George Thompson – our chairman,” said Doug.

“The telephone number at that time was 98 – but does anyone recognise the little girl sitting in the bottom of the picture? We would be very interested in tracking down her name.”

“The photo of the George and Dragon is also interesting. Disaster struck in 1891 when fire broke out. Two teenagers, the step-sister of the landlord and sister of his wife, died.”

Copies of the calendar have already been snapped up by ex-pat South Hylton villagers around the world, with several now winging their way to Europe, Australia and America.

“We sold 250 last year, and are hoping for the same success again. We print them ourselves, to keep costs down, and any profits we make go straight into society funds,” said Doug.

**The £4 calendar is on sale at His and Hers Hairdressers in High Street, Union Street chemist, Village News and Costcutters. It can also be ordered from Doug on 534 4251. Look out for more photos from the calendar next Saturday in Wearside Echoes. Further pictures of South and North Hylton can be found on the society’s website at: http://www.shlhs.com




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