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Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at 12.15pm
Name: Eunice Deakin nee Todd
Location: Australia
Comment: Just like to wish everybody in Trimdon (my birthplace) a Very Happy New Year from Australia

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 8.15pm
Name: George Mills
Location: Nr Belper Derbyshire
Comment: Happy New Year to all at Deaf Hill, the Council Houses, the Foudry and the Colliery. I lived at Beech Grove, Station Lane and Prospect Terrace before moving to Derbyshire as a transferred miner in 1962, i worked at Deaf Hill Colliery from 1952 to 1962. I played cricket for Deaf Hill and played billiards and snooker for Deaf Hill Welfare teams. There must be some photographs of the teams somewhere in the locality. I remember one hung up in the Locomotive Pub.

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 8.15pm
Name: Alan Robinson
Location: Worcester
Comment: ref. the Rocking D Jays. First band I ever saw -early sixties Trimdon Village Hall stood next to my uncle George Bull and John Burton – curtains swept open -drummer goes du datt du datt du datt ” I don’t mind other guys dancin with my girl” – I can remember it like it was last week .stayed with me and every time I open a gig ( I now play in bands ) I always ask myself ‘is it as good as that’ . I used to know Raymie Aire quite well and he lived in the house on one side of the ‘ginnel’ on the way up to the top of the village and I would hear him practising whilst I was doing my paper round and then he’d hop on his Triumph tiger cub and off to work. I was 61 on boxing day and I took a detour from my way to visit parents in Hartlepool with my daughter to drive up through the village and then went and stood on the station platform at Hurworth Burn where we lived when I was born. Non of it seemed important before but I can feel it creeping up on me as I get older. after over 40 years home is still Trimdon Village.( mind you I’ve just recorded a song about hanging a monkey !!)
Alan (Robbo) Robinson

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 9.45am
Name: Elaine
Comment: Hi, thank you for the information on the Dovecote Inn Trimdon Station. My curiosity is now satisfied. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Best regards, Elaine

Sunday, December 25th, 2011 at 7.00pm
Name: Alan Wilkinson
Comment: The Dovecote at Trimdon Grange was built around 1880. I don’t think it was ever a coaching inn but was built for the miners at Trimdon Grange pit. The pub next door, the Welch Harp was built by welch miners who first set the colliery at Trimdon Grange. The Dovecote was repaired as a train had gone into the side of it

Saturday, December 24th, 2011 at 6.15pm
Name: Bill Robson Jnr
Comment: Merry Christmas Trimdon!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011 at 4.00pm
Name: Alan Wilkinson
Comment: The only thing I can recall about The Dovecote is, whether this is 100% true or not I don’t know, it supposed to have 365 windows in it, one for each day of the year, Steve the Landlord will know more about the history of the place I think. Merry Xmas & Happy New Year to everyone!!!!!!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 5.30pm
Name: George Martin

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 2.30pm
Name: Thomas W.
Location: Park Hill
Comment: Has anyone seen a book called “A Busmans Daugher”, apparently it’s about the daughter of a Trimdon Motor Services bus driver?. If anyone has where did you see or get it and at what cost.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 4.30pm
Name: Elaine
Comment: Hi, can anyone tell me the history of the pub called The Dovecote Inn in Trimdon Station, I have tried to search on the internet without much success. I think it’s a fascinating building to look at, and I would love to know when it was built. Someone told me it was an old coaching house, but when I came across this website, I knew there was no-one better to ask than the the folks that live there. Any information would be very much appreciated. Many thanks, Elaine

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 6.15pm
Name: Tommy Ogden
Location: Trimdon
Comment: Does anyone out there know if Willoghbys (apologies if I’ve spelt that wrong) sweet shop used to be Trimdon Colliery Post Office, and was it next to ‘The Reading Rooms’ on Lawson’s Street, thats between Commercial Street and Park Road, I’m in the club most nights.

Saturday, November 12th, 2011 at 9.00pm
Name: Sam
Location: Trimdon
Comment: Does anyone know how many houses there are in Trimdon?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 5.00pm
Name: Alan Wilkinson
Comment: To all the Gunns, a lovely Trimdon family, my thoughts are with you all.
God bless Ray, R.I.P.

Tuesday, November 1st 2011 at 1:30 pm.
Name: Alan Walker
Location: Bowburn
Comment: May I take this opportunity to pass my deepest sympathy to the family of Ray Gunn. As a Trimdon lad I never forget how important it is to send support to former Trimdon friends. My thoughts are with you all.

Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 1:00 am.
Name: Mick Wilson
Comment: I’d just like to say a massive thank you to Colin Terry for the miners lamp you gave me, it is in my collection along with my other miners lamps – thanks again

Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at 10.00pm
Name: George and Anne Robson
Location: Victoria BC Canada
Comment: Our deepest sympathies to the Gunn family , we are deeply saddened and shocked at Ray’s passing . I grew up with Ray, went drinking with him at age 16 in the Colliery Inn. Although I have not seen Ray in over 40 years he will be in our thoughts at this time .
George and Anne Robson , Victoria BC Canada

Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 7.30pm
Name: Gunn Family
It is with great sadness that we announce the sad death of Ray Gunn. Ray was born and bred in Trimdon Grange and always had a special place for it in his heart. he will be sadly missed by all his family. funeral will take pace on Friday 4th November at 1.30pm at Durham Crematorium

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 8.00pm
Name: Mildred Thompson
Location: France
Alan, I am 10 years older than you and as I left Northside in 1947/48 you would only have been 2 or 3yrs. I remember the Leggats, especially Alf. He had a big garden and used to show the kids around it, he was a very kind man, unlike his brother Mark who was always in a bad temper. Rosie was very kind too. Yes all the Hall children died quite young although Mrs Hall was old.
The Durham mining villages were perhaps not thought of as good places to live in the 30s and 40s but I had a happy childhood, I loved going to The Rec. and there were plenty of fields to play in and it was \”safe\” to wander away from home, unlike today. Times were hard we never had any spare money but I don\’t remember going to bed hungry or not having shoes.
I only lived in Trimdon for 20 of my 77yrs but remember it with affection.

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 10.00am
Name: Mildred Thompson
Location: France
Comment: Thanks Bobby, I had the name wrong, I thought Cowley and it isCowell. I lived next door to them, I remember Sarah and used to travel to Billingham on the bus with George. I never met Bobby the footballer.

Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 3:00 am.
Name: Mick Wilson
Comment: I’m looking for a porcelain N.C.B. canteen cup, the one I had I dropped and broke it 2 years ago and haven’t been able to replace it since. I hope someone can help – contact me on

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 8:00 am.
Name: Bobby
Location: Sedgefield
Comment: Hi, the footballer Mildred was talking about was Bobby Cowel who won three cup winning medals with Newcastle United. Jackie Milburn. Bobby Mitchel and Bobby were the only ones to win three. Saha was Bobby’s sister who married George Macaddam. Hope this helps, Bobby

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 8:00 pm.
Name: Alan Walker
Location: Bowburn
Comment: Mildred I lived in No3 in no2 were Mr and Mrs Harding, Annie and Billie. Annie was Polio victim and Mrs Halls sister my Mam and Dad were Florence and Bob Walker. In No4 were the Langleys. Over the road South View you will remember Rosie, Alf and Mark Leggat, Spressers, Christians, Oddys. I am 67 and did psychiatric and general nursing training at Winterton and Sedgefield Gen. Later managed Social Services. Mr and Mrs Hall had 3 in family, sadly all died reasonably young, Jim, Eileen and George.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 9.00pm
Name: Mildred Thompson
Location: France
Alan, yes it is good to remember the old days. You lived in Northside, what number?. I think that perhaps you are younger than me more my brothers age. The Waltons I remember were old Mrs Walton who was an invalid looked after by her daughter Annie . I had the impression that they had come down in the world and used to have money. Yes they were related to the Halls. I used to play with George Hall when I was young. Other families in Northside, Shannon, Lee, Drier, Kell and of course the Langleys who owned the picture house and had a son Herbert. Was the picture house still there in your day? 6d for front benches, 9d for the plush seats and 1shilling upstairs. Happy memories.

Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 10:00 pm.
Name: Alan Walker
Location: Bowburn
Comment: Saw message from Mildred Thompson re previous mail from Emma. I replied to that but got no response. The Waltons in Northside Terr would have been Polly and John related to Mr and Mrs Hall of Halls shop where I used to work on Saturdays delivering bread around all the streets when I was a kid. Hope your Eddy is fine. It’s good to reflect on the many families of years gone bye

Sunday, October 16th, 2011 at 1:01 am.
Name: Michael Wilson
Comment: Hello Ken and thanks for the info. I wish I’d known I would have displayed my mining memorabilia if I’d known. I’d have loved to, being born and raised in Deaf Hill.

Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 9.00pm
Name: Mildred Thompson
Comment: I have been reading past posts on guestbook and saw an old one from Emma (Oct 28th 2005). She was asking for information on the Walton family. I have some, not much but we did live next door to a  family called Walton in Northside Terrace during the 1930s/40s. The email address with her message no longer works.

Friday 14th October
Name: Ken @ Trimdon Times
Comment: Mick Wilson – your old Hotmail email address (mick-06) doesn’t work! Here’s some info from the community centre manager:
“We will have a number of mining banners on show (I am told we should have about 12) Blackhall history group will be there and Silksworth mining history and hopefully Eddie Pike with photo’s of Trimdon’s.
The event is free, refreshments will be available and Phil Wilson MP will open it.”

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 1:41 am.
Name: Michael Wilson
Location: Peterlee
Comment: Hello, I was wondering what the MINING BANNERS & HISTORY CELEBRATION is all about please?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 10.00pm
Name: Mildred Thompson
Comment: George, Don’t apologise for not remembering me as I was married in 1954 and left Trimdon. You would only have been about three.
Yes I put the old photos of the Welch family on the site. I am now in touch with Carol after 27 yrs.
We did have a cat called Smokey, I have a photo of my brother Eddy holding him.
I have lived in France with my husband for 16yrs since our retirement.
Alan Walker, My brother Eddy Welch was in the merchant navy all his working life but is now retired.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 5:50 pm.
Name: George Robson
Location: Victoria BC
Comment: Hi Mildred, I must appologise, I don’t remember you, but in my defence it has been 50 years since I last saw Carol, you are right I lived in #4. I saw Carols message and got in touch with her,  I am trying to get her onto facebook.
She has had an interesting life since we last saw each other. Did you post the pictures she was asking about? I recognised the faces of Mr and Mrs Welch, even though they were older when I was a boy.  I remember Smokey the cat too.
Are you in touch with Carol ?
Regards George

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 8.00am
Name: Mildred Thompson
Comment: George, I made a mistake in my message yesterday. The family I was thinking about was the Cowleys. You lived the other side with your mother who was called Joyce, I think I have remembered correctly this time.

Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 9.00pm
Name: Mildred Thompson
Comment: Hello George, I didn’t realise that when I read your comments on the forum that I used to live next door to you. I am Milly otherwise Mildred Welch. Carol Prior is my niece.
Did you have a sister Sarah? I used to travel to work at I.C.I. with her husband. Are you the one that became a professional footballer?
Alan, I was born at 1, Northside Terrace but we moved to Peel Avenue in about 1947 therefore you won’t know Carol who was born at Peel Ave.

Sunday, October 09th, 2011 at 7:02 pm.
Name: George Robson
Location: Victoria BC
Comment: Hi Alan , I contacted Carol , she grew up next door to me and I haven’t heard from her in 50 years. She is an interesting lady. You should email her. Regards, George

Sunday, October 09th, 2011 at 12:27 pm.
Name: Alan Walker
Comment: Have seen message from Carol Prior re her family from Trimdon Grange I lived at Northside Terrace and remember the front street and Tulips corner etc Wondered who your family were?

Saturday, October 01st, 2011 at 7:40 pm.
Name: Jeff Atherton
Comment: I lived in Thornley during the sixties. Trimdon girls used to come to Thornley for a night out. I was firendly with a girl called Barbara ( didn’t know her second name).  Would be nice to hear from her.

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 9:02 pm.
Name: Carol Prior
Location: Scottish Borders
Comment: Have just found your website and discovered photos of my Grandparents and Mother, what a wonderful find. Desperately need to make contact with my family who must have posted these pics. Where has Tulips Corner gone????

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 7:07 pm.
Name: Mike Harman
Location: Folkestone Kent
Comment: Hi, today 25th Sept 2011, I purchased an old book titled “Luke Barnicott” in Folkestone. On the first page there is a written annotation as follows, “Trimdon Colliery,
a present to Mary Anne Lowes, by the P M Sunday school for reciting at the anniversary May 29 1887”, would you know anything about the girl mentioned, also there may be family who might be interested. Kind regards, Mike Harman

Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 1:54 pm.
Name: Vicky
Location: Trimdon Colliery
Comment: Hi does anyone know what is happening with the land where the green hut used to be? Is a new community centre in the pipe line to be built? Someone mentioned that a housing developer is interested in buying the land.

Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 4:59 pm.
Name: John Lee Crake
Location: Trimdon
Comment: PSV driver wanted, 30 hour week, bus service steady away 7.20, 8.20, 9.20am then 3/4/5/6pm Monday to Friday from Fishburn to Peterlee. Start November till April, leading to more work. Minimum wage paid, extra work available.
Contact John on 01429 882209 or email

Thursday, September 08th, 2011 at 2:12 am.
Name: Jim Bingham
Location: Queenzieburn, Kilsyth, Scotland
Comment: Me again! I meant to say if anyone reads this who knows Jean ( think her married name may be Luke) please let her know. It would be really nice to hear from her. Many thanks

Wednesday, September 07th, 2011 at 3:01 am.
Name: Jim Bingham
Location: Queenzieburn, Kilsyth, Scotland
Comment: Just browsing the web and came across this site. Really enjoyed looking at it. It brought back memories of a great week I spent in Trimdon in 1972. Met lots of really nice people who I still think about even today. Spent nights in the Bird in Hand listening to Roxy Music singing ‘Virginia Plain’ on the juke box. Hi to Jean Wilkinson, especially, Jenny and also Val Nelson.

Tuesday, September 06th, 2011 at 9:30 pm.
Name: Peter Bainbridge
Location: Billingham
Comment: Reference the lady who was on about the tin huts in Crimdon Dene I can confirm they existed as I lived next to the railway line at Hart Station from about 1952 and often used to go down the Dene. They were mainly at the back part of the Dene, regards Peter

Monday, September 05th, 2011 at 3:42 pm.
Name: Thomas W. S.
Location: Park Hill, Coxhoe. (born in TRIMDON GRANGE c. 1942)
Comment: Once again the name of the Trimdons printed in the local newspaper because of some drunken idiot from Church Street in the village at the top of the bank who has lost the use of his legs and can’t walk home from Peterlee, because he forgot the time the last bus left for the Trimdons. So sad for the young ones and the future of the plant in their hands.

Monday, September 05th, 2011 at 10:37 am.
Name: Jean Phillips nee Hardy
Location: Auckland New zealand
Comment: Hi I lived in the Trimdon’s  for 17 year’s, my family for nearly 200 years. My great uncle was Harry Hardy, a reporter for a Hartlepool newspaper, also the local milkman for the Co-op at the top of the Foundry in the day’s when milk was delivered by horse and cart in the 50’s  60’s. My great great great grandfather was the first to be buried in ST PAUL”S CHURCH YARD Trimdon Colliery so I was told. His son Eward Hardy was killed in the 1906 Wingate mine disaster. Can anybody give me any more information. Just found your website, just great, anyone that knows me please get in touch- last in Trimdon area 2009. I was born in Trimdon Station 13 Ash Grove. Always a Trimdon lass – Jean Hardy

Monday, September 05th, 2011 at 1:24 am.
Name: Lesley Austen
Location: Mid Wales
Comment: What a WONDERFUL site! Thank you everyone for sharing your news and pictures of the Trimdons – old and new. My g-g-g-grandparents moved to the area in the 1840’s James and Margaret Birkett – and their descendants lived there til at least the 1920’s (my mum was born there in 1926 – Sheila Davies) I visited a few years ago and found some of their graves – and your site has brought back many memories.

Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 3:45 pm.
Name: Jim Robinson  ( Deaf Hill miners banner group member )
Location: Deaf Hill
Comment: The reason Trimdon Grange banner hasn’t been mentioned much in the Trimdon Times is because no one from their group has contacted the site to get photos or dvds put on here, so if you contact one of the Grange banner group maybe they might do something about it.
I have a dvd of this years miners gala to go on here, mostly Deaf Hill and with Trimdon Grange banner leaving the race course, hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 3:32 pm.
Name: Thomas W. S.
Location: Park Hill, Coxhoe (formerly of Trimdon Grange)
Comment: I can’t help but notice that most stories about a Gala Banner is always ‘Deaf Hill’s Banner’, why Trimdon Grange Banner’ never gets a mention ?,

Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 1:35 pm.
Name: Michael Scollins
Location: Perth Australia
Comment: Have just read the article by Gary Chapman about the Dee Jays.
Brought back some great memories of watching them perform. Gary was a friend from work (Deaf Hill Colliery) and I bumped into him many years later in Saudi Arabia. Often wondered what happened to him.

Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 7:23 pm.
Name: George Mills
Location: Crich, near Belper Derbyshire
Comment: Thanks go to George Ford for the pics of the banner march on Wednesday 6th July, nice to see my old mate Jake Elliott from Brighton leading the march. I have lived in Derbyshire 49 years but still class myself as a Deaf Hill lad born in Beech Grove, then moved to 77,Station Lane East, then to Prospect Terrace. Brill website.
Regards George Mills

Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 2:12 pm.
Name: Eunice Deakin  formerly Todd
Location: Australia
Comment: Glad I found this page, just like to say I lived in Trimdon 70 years ago but still remember it well. My grandparents were Harpers.  Don’t know if there is any of the family still living there, if so please email me.

Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at 5:01 pm.
Name: Thomas
Location: Coxhoe, Co. Durham
Comment: Hi Alan, lived over the road from you in South View (number 4) and remember all the names quoted in your comment, would have loved to have been at the “Top School” on Wednesday but had an appointment which could not get out of.

Saturday, July 09th, 2011 at 9:11 pm.
Name: Alan Walker
Comment: In response to Thomas I am sure this will jog your memory, as I am sure that names from The Grange will help South View families Rosie Alf & Mark Leggatt, Durnells Christians Oddy Jack & Jenny Hutchinson, Northside Terr, Bob & Flo Walker, Langleys, Kells, Billy Barnes, other Trimdon lads, Robin Emmerson, Eric Herron, Terry & Michael Tivnan, by the way the exhibition at the Grange school had lots of info you would have found very interesting. Happy reading Thomas

Friday, July 08th, 2011 at 5:58 pm.
Name: George
Comment: I used to contribute to the forum and the guest book, sometimes to refute controversial opinions, sometimes to present personal views or historical points of view, I either got personal abuse or was ignored totally, very disheartening. Most of the time I contribute to facebook and still get very little feedback .

Friday, July 08th, 2011 at 5:13 pm.
Name: Thomas
Location: Coxhoe, Co. Durham
Comment: What’s gone wrong with this site, there used to  numerous notes on all and sundry, now you wait days to read one note. Come on all you “Old” Trimdon former residents have we got no memories to tell the young one of today?

Thursday, July 07th, 2011 at 5:25 pm.
Name: George Mills
Location: Derbyshire
Comment: To everyone going to Durham Big Meeting from Deaf Hill on Saturday 9th July, have a fab time. When I worked at Deaf Hill Pit 1952-62 and lived at 5, Prospect Terrace, I went every year with all my workmates and we had some fantastic times, happy day’s. George Mills, now 74

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 at 3:53 pm.
Name: George Robson
Comment: Hi Terry , I have asked to be registered on the forum, thanks for the feed back on the Foxcover, it is pretty sad compared to what it was 30 years ago.
The Fox n’ Hounds stone, I was reading a Fred Archer book the Netherstone Hundred, it got me thinking about the Trimdon stone, not big enough to name the village after it, but it must have been there since the last ice age. If is has been removed it’s another reflection of how people don’t respect tradition. Trimdon people have touched that stone since the iron age people first settled the village .

Thursday, June 09th, 2011 at 11:25 am.
Name: Kenny Flint jnr
Location: Blackhall Colliery
Comment: I would just like to let any of the old school trimdonians and any one who knew him, Ken Flint passed away 07-06-2011 aged 67. I say old school because he lived in Trimdon at the time when everyone knew everyone and has lived in Blackhall for the last 20 odd years. His funeral will take place at St Andrews church Blackhall Colliery at 11am on the 13-06-2011

Tuesday, June 07th, 2011 at 9:31 pm.
Name: David Chaytor (Former Easington District Concillor for Trimdon Station)
Comment: Congratulations to everybody involved in Trimdon Station Residents Association for the Queens Award. Great to see some recognition for the work you do. Big Society? Its been happening for years…. right here!

Thursday, June 02nd, 2011 at 7:35 pm.
Name: Alan Walker
Location: Bowburn
Comment: I have looked with interest at photographs of Howie and Welsh family and good to see pic of Edward or Eddie as we called him used to play football along with David Chaytor who lived at 1 East View I lived at Northside Terrace. I think we played about 4 Hrs each half. Not seen either for about 50 Yrs wonder how they are? Also interested in pic of Billy Welsh taken with another man who looks remarkably like my wifes dad Jesse Lockett from Kelloe ? Both boxers. Once again the site provides great info thanks

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 8:46 pm.
Name: Linda Wilkinson
Comment: Methodist church  – the one at the end of Rodwell Street was built in 1912

Saturday, May 28th, 2011 at 4:28 pm.
Name: Alison Luke
Location: Trimdon Station
Comment: Hi, can anybody tell me when the Methodist church at the colliery opened please? Thanks

Friday, May 06th, 2011 at 1:25 pm.
Name: Valerie
Comment: Thanks for that Peter, Also found an earlier one on Durham archive site. Now just need a picture of the inside!

Friday, May 06th, 2011 at 8:58 am.
Name: Peter
Comment: There is a photo here of the said huts-

Thursday, May 05th, 2011 at 5:34 pm.
Name: Valerie Greaves
Location: Birtley, nr Gateshead
Comment: Does anyone remember the tin holiday huts at Crimdon Dene in the 50’s?. I had one family holiday there when I was about 6 and would love to see a photo of the huts. My friends think I imagined them!!

From on Thursday, May 05th, 2011 at 12:23 pm.
Name: Unnamed
Location: Trimdon Resident
Comment: Does anybody know what has happened to the School Crossing Patrol at the crossroads in Trimdon Village? Not been subjected to council cuts has it? The speed some cars come up the watch bank I would have thought it was a priority??

Tuesday, May 03rd, 2011 at 3:27 pm.
Name: Anth Mulcahy
Location: Work in Mumbai, India, Home Hartlepool.
Comment: Hi there, was looking up an old friend, Andrea Thurlow (could be furlow, phurlow….) was a really good friend many moons ago, (approx 20!!!). Tall lass about 6’2″, had a sister lived in Trimdon Village..
Just wondered how she was doing but have lost contact. Anyone know her or what she’s up to these days? Be good to get in touch if anyone can help. Thanks for listening : o )

From on Sunday, May 01st, 2011 at 6:28 pm.
Name: Trimdon Resident
Comment: Who says the travellers in Trimdon Station are no trouble? .. well tell them to keep their kids in at midnight, they can only be 12 or 11 if that, causing trouble shouting waking people up…next time the police will be called….be warned..!!!

Sunday, May 01st, 2011 at 5:05 pm.
Name: George Robson
Comment: Trimdon Grange “rec” –
Milly was asking about Trimdon Grange “rec” I have posted my thoughts on Trimdon Times Facebook page and done some further research . The Municipal parks were started in the 1890’s  to give the workers of the expanding indusrial towns a place to relax. Many parks were built over disused refuse dumps, in the 1920’s there was a push to install sewers and end the ” ash netties”.  The miners welfare  financed the building of the recreation grounds.  I am passing the ball to any interested local historian. Is that an oximoron?

Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 7:28 pm.
Name: Mark Orton
Comment: Hi, I am decended from the Ortons of Trimdon, who lived in North Plantation Row and Surgery Row in the early part of the last century. Families who married into the Ortons were:
The photo from the booklet Where Explosions; the chap on the extreme left I am convinced is an Orton. Perhaps someone can help to identify him?
Any relatives up there feel free to get in touch!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 5:06 pm.
Name: George Robson
Location: Victoria BC
Comment: Hi Alan Walker , re Teddy Thomas , I was thinking of  what would have been a guy around 17 years old in the 70’s, maybe Teddy seniors son . Thanks for the feedback anyway .

From on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 3:02 am.
Name: Unfortunately- A-Colliery-Resident
Location: Trimdon Colliery
Comment: Anyone know who owns the bottom end house on Park Road in the Colliery?
I wanted to go make a loud annoying noise outside his house 24 hours a day as I have to listen to the inconsiderate owners of a dog that seems to spend 95% of it’s time barking it’s head off.
Am I honestly the only person that can hear it bark all the bloody time??? 3 am and it’s CONSTANTLY barking.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 at 7:11 pm.
Name: Wilko
Comment: Can anyone remember these being on at Trimdon Grange Club???

They didn’t play one single cover version of any song, they were BRILLIANT!!!!

Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 1:42 am.
Name: George Robson
Comment: Thanks W.S.  I was thinking of Teddy Thomas , they lived in Southview 40 years ago  he was an old drinking buddy of mine back then . Lost touch and then we came to Canada .

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 7:28 pm.
Name: Thomas W. S.
Location: Coxhoe, born in South View, Trimdon Grange.
Comment: In reply to George Robson, my Surname is not Thomas, Thomas is my first name W. the middle name with S. the surname and no there was no Thomas’s living in any house in South View when I (we as a family) lived there, we lived in the single number houses at the far end from the church.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 8:08 pm.
Name: Nemo
Comment: Keith Lemon, Typical elitist, racist attitude. Don’t fix the problem, run away and then try to run down other nationalities, who by the way probable have more respect for their environment .

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 7:04 pm.
Name: George Robson
Location: Victoria BC
Comment: W.S. Thomas , are you related to Teddy, who used to live in Southview . We lost touch 40+ years ago .If so ask him to facebook me . Thanks

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 1:14 pm.
Name: Thomas W S
Location: Coxhoe (Park Hill) born @ Trimdon Grange (South view)
Comment: Glad I don’t live along Carrside Road, even more I don’t want Keith Lemon as a next door neighbour, not the Trimdons now than when I lived their some years ago.

Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 7:25 pm.
Name: Keith Lemon
Comment: Dear Anon may I suggest moving, job done, no more problems, easy as 1 2 3, as asbo’s, dog doings, painting, foul mouths, etc., etc., in my view Carrside Road has always been the same the last 35 years I can say. At the end of the day they have to be put somewhere and the bottom of the village has always been the rough end so be it. It could be a lot worse, it could be a travellers site as well as people from Afghan, Pakistan, Iraq and Taiwan so enjoy what you have got and stop dreaming of what you want unless you can make it happen. Keep trucking and god bless the uk, rant over and out

From on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at 5:06 pm.
Name: Anon
Comment: Does anyone have the numbers for any of the 5 landlord properties in Carrside Road? – just we have had so much antisocial behaviour from all the families in these properties over the past 6 years and with all the kids and teenagers, also a big problem with dog fouling, flytipping and littering, and the state of the bottom of Carrside is a disgrace. We have all been attending PACT meetings for the past year but these problems still persist. This is really unfair for other residents and something needs to be done about landlords letting their properties get in such a state and keep letting to famlies who have been evicted from loads of other properties. People who have lived in the village all their lives are scared to even walk out their house now . All you get from the kids down Carrside is abuse and foul language and damage to your property. Anyone got any suggestions??

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 2:00 pm.
Name: Thomas W. S.
Location: Coxhoe (formally of Trimdon Grange
Comment: Ay Linda, never seen the book advertised or for sale in or around the Trimdons, why not if it’s about Trimdons other bus company, TMS, (Alton Brothers (Trimdon) Ltd.) being the other.

From on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 10:56 pm.
Name: Anon
Comment: Linda , you are not going to sell many books if you don’t have the courtesy to reply to an email enquiry. But that seems par for the contributors to the Trimdon Times.

Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at 10:49 am.
Name: Keth Lemon
Comment: What’s happening with the dog doings in the local area,  it seems to me to have gone all quiet all of a sudden  – is the council picking it up or is it being swept on to the greens as per

Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 12:16 am.
Location: CANADA
Comment: Hi, my name is Diane.  I’m looking for information on my fathers side.  His name is George Paul, and his parents were Jack and Martha(Brown), they had 3 sons. George, John(deceased) and David.  I know Jack was owner of Trimdon Motor services where he met Martha.  If anyone knows anything plz email me I’m very interested in learning more about this. My Dad(George) married Georgina Walton.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 10:41 am.
Name: Linda Francis
Location: Halifax
Comment: For everyone interested in the Trimdon area, I have done a few books to follow on from the three Trimdon Snippets books which I have purchased over the years, the first book is There has never been a pit in Trimdon Village, second book about the TMS bus company, called a Busmans Daughter,as my late father Ralph Calvert was a driver there for almost 27 years, and also the other book is about the celebrations of 1950 of the St Pauls clock on the church at the colliery combined with Rose Street methodist church at the Grange. They will be on sale before Easter, and hoping to get them into Hartlepools historic quay shop too, as well as my website.
Further books throughout the year will be about the Grange area, and a book about the Colliery and Deaf Hill area, with lots of memories from news cuttings of the past and folks tales etc.
I know I have wrote about the deaf hill rec, my late great uncle George Johnson along with James Howie played a part in it during the 1950s, keep Trimdon alive, although I dont live there anymore its still my home land.
Ghostmistress. Linda. email

Thursday, February 03rd, 2011 at 12:56 am.
Name: Nemo
Comment: The state of the people is tied to how governments treat the people . Sweden  for instance a country where the gap between rich and poor is small  and people are content . The people take civic pride in were they live . And  as for the last labour government, that was just Thatcherism with a shifty grin .

From on Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at 10:29 pm.
Name: Anon
Location: Trimdon
Comment: A meeting for the application for the Travellers site on the Watch Bank is taking place on Thursday 3rd Feb at 2pm at The Council Chamber, Green Lane, Spennymoor. Anyone can attend however if you want to speak you need to register first by phoning 01388 816166 ext 4503 or email
The application is being considered that afternoon and I have read in the Northern Echo that Councillors have been ‘advised’ to approve it despite 250 objection letters and disapproval from the Trimdon community.

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at 2:57 pm.
Name: Peter
Location: Trimdon Colliery
Comment: Anyone who sees any incidents of dog fouling should get in touch with the local authorities on the following e-mail address:
Very easy to do and hopefully very effective

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at 8:05 pm.
Name: David
Location: Trimdon Grange
Comment: Well note to all: if I see anyone’s dog dirty on my pavement I will be making you pick it up, it’s not acceptable to let your dog dirty on the greens also and not pick it up as I’m sure most people have children and would not appreciate them falling in it, I have lost count how many times this year I have had to clean the wheels of my son’s pushchair.  And as for “open your eyes and watch where putting your big feet” it’s a little bit hard when it’s dark and dog turd is absolutely everywhere.  I think personally it’s just rude when there is clearly stated fine signs and designated dog turd bins and yes we are human’s and you should know better and have a little respect. PICK THE BUGGER UP!

Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 8:29 pm.
Name: Annie
Location: Trimdon Grange
Comment: I don’t think you can blame the government for the litter and the state of the villages. A couple of years ago i was involved in a local litter pick and there was loads of rubbish laying around then!!!!!…….. and that was your labour government???

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 at 6:47 am.
Name: Mark Orton
Location: Norfolk
Comment: Hi, I am working on my family tree, and have been for a few years.
With the exception of myself and my father, all previous generations from my grandad backwards came from the Trimdon area.
My grandfather Robert Orton 1912-1990, was born at 9 North Plantation, and before leaving the area sometime in the 30’s, worked for a short time at Fishburn Coillery.
His father, also Robert, 1877-1950, was under manager, then manager at one of the Trimdon Collieries I was always told, though he started as a hewer.
His father Joseph 1853-1933, was also a mine manager and he lived in a place called Surgery Row.
I am guessing that there must be cousins I have never met still in the area, as I was always told that Orton is a bit like Smith in that part of the world. I would be so interested if anyone has any info either on any members of my Trimdon family, or indeed, what life must have been like for my grandad in Trimdon in 1930 (when he turned 18) in the mining trade. I knew him well but he never really spoke about that time.
I wonder also what the life of my great grandad, initially a hewer must have been like, and what the plantation was like- my dad who is 69 this year can just remember it as a boy, and said it was a grid system of houses for mining workers, built around the collieries themselves.
I guess it has something to do with trying to understand your roots.
Anyway thanks in advance,
Mark R.G.Orton.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 4:44 pm.
Name: Nemo
Comment: The state of Trimdon Colliery, does it reflect the fact that people have given up hope, they just don’t care because they have a government that doesn’t care, if that’s the case then it’s only going to get worse. I bet you can’t find anyone who voted for the present government either. All I have to say is, be careful what you wish for.

Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 3:20 pm.
Name: Debra
Location: Trimdon Colliery
Comment: What is going on with the Colliery?? I had a walk around the Colliery this weekend with my daughter and a friend who was visiting the area, the amount of dog dirt was an absolute disgrace, apart from the embarrassment at the amount of mess and litter we had to dodge, there is the issue of hygiene in the area, it simply looked like a dirty, scruffy, uncared for village…what with the sight of the number of derelict buildings….the Colliery is suited only for a screening of Shameless….I am totally ashamed of the place.

From on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 7:14 pm.
Name: Trimdon resident
Comment: People should be aware of the under age drinking at the corner of Harpers paper shop in Trimdon Colliery – there has already been one bloke mugged and robbed of his money. So what do we do to stop this …and who is getting them the white cider as bottles lay all over the church!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 6:57 pm.
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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 9:11 pm.
Name: Paul
Comment: To D. Reed two posts down:
The John Stoves in 1948 you are referring to was my Grandad. He died in I think 1975 or 1976. His wife, my Nanna, Mabel died last year aged 104.
I’m not sure if he is the same John Stoves as on the christening mug as the ages don’t seem to match but if you want to e-mail me (above) I’ll give you more info.
Regards, Paul

From on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 5:24 pm.
Name: A Nonomouse
Comment: Thomas I prefere to remain  a non o mouse , as I don’t live in Trimdon or own a dog . I do however sympathise with people who have to dodge dog crap. I also see your point , some people are ignorant  when it comes to the environment , I don’t even get into discussions with most people because of their ignorant attitude . My sympathies because you have to live in a s**t heap , but change has to start with one person .

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 1:04 pm.
Name: Thomas
Location: once of South View, Trimdon Grange
Comment: to A. Nonomouse (funny name) why not something like tom, dick or harry, anyway I do live in a “S**t Hole”, it’s called England, people banging on about what dogs do naturally when humans continue to “P**s on War Memorials”, says it all I think, if we humans do what is not natural. And for the record I said if my dog made a mess on a paved area I DID pick it up.

From on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 4:31 pm.
Name: A nonomouse
Comment: Thomas, you deserve to live in a s**t heap if you use the excuse that if people litter then you won’t pick up after your dog .
What goes around..

Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 2:22 pm.
Name: Thomas
Location: once of South View, Trimdon Grange
Comment: Paul, why not try opening your eyes and looking where you put your big feet then maybe even you might not stand in it as I don’t stand on any of the litter cluttering the pavements.
Sunday, January 09th, 2011 at 6:38 pm.

Name: Paul
Location: Trimdon Grange.
Comment: Just a quick word to Thomas, I hope next time you walking your dog I hope you stand in some dog dirt and take it back in your house then you might understand cos its completely different to littering. [I thinking what all of trimdon is]

Friday, January 07th, 2011 at 3:12 pm.
Name: Thomas
Location: born @ Trimdon Grange, now living away from ‘GODS’ own village.
Comment: I am sick of people banging on about Dog Dirt, what about general litter, how often do we walk down any street/road anywhere and have to kick aside cans, plastic bottles, food boxes and paper’, if our fellow citizens can’t take their rubbish home why should I as a Dog owner clean up, should my dog dirty on a pavement area I pick it up.

Sunday, January 09th, 2011 at 7:20 pm.
Name: D. REED
Comment: I recently came across a christening mug dated 1894 for ‘John Stoves’ of Trimdon Colliery.The only John Stoves from the Colliery that I have been able to find was recorded in 1948 as being a speaker on behalf of the fascist Union Movement. Were they one and the same? It would be interesting to know anything about who 1894 John was and what became of him.Thanks in advance.

From on Friday, January 07th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Name: Resident
Location: Trimdon Colliery
Comment: I appreciate the comments made about dog fouling in the area however not all dog owners are irresponsible!! So please don’t brand all dog owners the same. I agree that it is totally unacceptable and inexcusable when people fail to take responsibility to clean up after their dogs. The Council need to do more to tackle this problem. Placing no dog fouling signs on every other lampost is simply not enough! Action needs to be taken for offenders ignoring this i.e. have people patrolling during the peak hours when people walk their dogs i.e. early on a morning – lunch time and late afternoon and if they see people not taking responsibility – fine them! If they are repeat offenders name and shame them. Within a few weeks / months when word gets around – dog fouling will reduce dramatically. Everyone is a winner except from the person getting fined – Trimdon has cleaner streets – Council have extra income from all the fines – can may be re-invest this money back into Trimdon.
Also with one of the comments made below – I have seen cars driving on the grassed area near the astro turf / park – this is dangerous – please stop doing this. The Council need to address this problem also instead of brushing it under the table!
Implement a scheme where during the peak times of the time when dog walkers are around –

Monday, January 03rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm.
Name: George
Location: Victoria  BC
Comment: Just thumbed through the Trimdon Today pictures there are some really good photographers out there , some amazing pictures .

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