Wearside Echoes: Date with the past

CHAIN FERRY: Records relating to the Hylton ferry date to 1322, when Eobert, Baron of Hilton, granted permission to his chaplain, William de Hilton, to collect the revenue from the ox ferry.

CHAIN FERRY: Records relating to the Hylton ferry date to 1322, when Eobert, Baron of Hilton, granted permission to his chaplain, William de Hilton, to collect the revenue from the ox ferry.

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A CHANCE to go “back to the future” and mark 2012 in style is being offered by South Hylton Local History Society.

The group’s latest calendar of old photos features scenes from around the village over the past 100 years – complete with detailed notes of historic interest.

“A couple of years ago I bought a calendar from St Peter’s Church, which included a lengthy write-up on each of the pictures used,” said society secretary Doug Scrafton.

“That is what gave me the idea of doing the same for South Hylton, and it seems to be proving popular. Several people have said it is our best calendar yet.”

Among the highlight’s of the 2012 calendar is a montage of four shop photos – The Co-op, Outterside’s, Lindley and Rowland’s and Sep. Collins, as well as pictures of the Copperas Works, Ford Lodge and Dawson’s Pottery.

“As the village of South Hylton grew, the number of shops increased accordingly. There were general grocery stores, greengrocers, ironmongers, milliners, butchers, newsagents, clothes shops, pie shops and chip shops,” said Doug.

“According to the 1871 Census, there were 42 shops and 10 house shops, where delicious home-baked products could be purchased. With the arrival of supermarkets, however, things changed considerably and now we have only eight shops.”

Other calendar pictures include Ford Paper Mill, Hylton’s chain ferry, the shipyards of Hylton, a montage of pubs, Hylton railway station, a Jolly bus, several industrial buildings and five churches.

“It has taken a couple of months to decide which images to use,” said Doug. “In the end, we chose the ones which we had the most information for. I think my favourite is the ferry.

“There is also a ‘bonus’ photo, for January 2013, which shows several of the oldest buildings in the village. Some, like Ford Lodge West, have been demolished, but others such as Ford Villa are still in use – this building as a pub.”

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 Australia and America.

“So far we have printed about 80 copies but, because we do it ourselves, we are able to produce just as many as people want. We won’t ever run out,” said Doug.

l The calendar is now on sale, priced £4, at His and Hers Hairdressers in High Street, the chemist in Union Street and the café opposite South Hylton metro station. It can also be ordered from Doug on 534 4251.