Monday, 16 October 2017

The Boy Scouts, The Girl Guides,The Oldest Story in The World


This topic is not local history but this is the only blog I write and I wanted to write on the subject described above. If I was to justify it, the only two long term live-in relationships I've ever had were with Felling lasses. When I "scouted", as boys do, these were the lasses who"guided" me.
It was back in 1967, when I joined a new company I heard the branch manager say to a member of staff that the oldest story in the world, going back to the fictional Adam & Eve, is that in the development of a heterosexual relationship the bloke does the 'scouting' and the girl, if responsive, does the 'guiding'.
When I heard it, I liked it and there have been only rare occasions in my life when it was appropriate to say it... if indeed I ever did. I can't remember..but I've never forgot the expression. I liked it then, and still do. Why am I writing about it now, you're entitled to wonder?
Well, it popped into my head and, as one does nowadays, I googled it and was astounded to find that this concept is not mentioned anywhere on the internet.
Now I know that times have changed. Back then the boy did make the running and the girl responded whereas, quite rightly in these enlightened times, it is perfectly normal for the girl to take the initiative, should she wish. Nevertheless, I'm surprised that it doesn't come up on google..that no one, such as on relationship forums, has ever used this expression.
Well, several days after I press the 'publish' button on this blog I'd be very surprised if it doesn't come up on google. And if so, though this blog has only limited spread on the internet, some people 'hearing' it for the first time may be like me and like it and store it somewhere in their brain and use it. Indeed, I've not looked but I'm sure there'll be forums out there where folk discuss relationships and that would be a good place to throw it into the mix.
Let's see...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Not Just Chris Waddle but Peter Wilson

We all know of Pelaw-born Chris Waddle's football career but Felling born Peter Wilson? That's him in the No 3 shirt as captain of the Australian national side shaking hands with East Germany's Bernd Bransch before their match at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
Peter Frederick Wilson was born in The Felling on 15th Sept 1947 and grew up in Elldene Crescent. He went to Heworth Secondary School and played football for the school team and then St. Mary's Boys Club in Newcastle.

He joined Middlesborough in 1968 but was released by them at the end of that season. He emigrated to Australia and ultimately was Captain of the Australian National Side for 9 years from 1970 until 1979.

Quotes by, & Tributes, to Peter

Despite being the holder of 64 international caps, 60 as captain, with a street in Sydney named after him, he's now a recluse near Wollongong, south of Sydney and shuns all publicity...aye but I bet he'll be chuffed he's featured here in The Felling's bite sized bits



Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Following the Local History Trail


This, being sold on eBay, was posted on The Felling Heritage Group's Facebook page by Brian May and knowing about George Bolam, Head of Felling Urban District Council and James Steel, Vicar at St. Mary's Church, Heworth I was curious about the Chairman of Heworth Parish, A. S. Palmer (1834–1910).
So I googled and discovered that Alfred Septimus Palmer was not only the brother of Sir Charles Palmer of Jarrow shipyard fame but was a Newcastle mining engineer who had been a major in the 1st Newcastle and Durham, became commanding officer of the third unit. He became the manager of Wardley Colliery .. and built and lived at Wardley Hall
 now Wardley British Legion Club.
Read more about him here

So this humble card posted on Facebook lead me to a Famous Felling Fella I hadn't previously come across




To finish, here's a smashin' set of pics from Norman Dunn, who worked at Wardley Colliery 


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Where & What Were The Laireys?

Where & What Were The Laireys?
A better question...Where did the name come from?
This is a pic of what remains of The Laireys. Drive down Carlisle Street and hang a right at The Malting House pub and there is the bit of The Laireys that remains..the rest has factories on it. It was suggested on Facebook that perhaps this was once a farm but I doubt it. If it was a farm it would be shown as that on the Ordnance Survey map. On the O.S. map of 1897 it is shown as a rifle range. .


To be lairy means to be aggressive and anti-social, so perhaps parents named it The Laireys to discourage school children from using it as a short cut. We do know, anecdotally, that parents did discourage children from using it, but that was probably to do with it being a place where a nonce might lurk.
So, that's some of the question answered, at least

The Cumbrians in The Felling's History

                                     Map of Cumberland & Westmoreland

Perhaps the best known Cumbrian who came to The Felling is Rev. John Hodgson but there are a number of others who made their mark. (Of course there were also lots of others who did not make their mark, like my Grandma on my Dad's side and my Great Grandad on my Mam's side, who gave up being a scarecrow to work down the pit.)

This is me with my Great Grandad








Hugh Lee Pattinson
Dept Store Felling High Street
John Grundy

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Quarries Were Where the Green Bits Are Now


The Quarries were where The Felling green bits are now. That's not a guarantee but its a knocking bet if the green bit is in the middle of a built up area. 
If houses could have been built there they would have been. The big exception is the Oliver Henderson Park which could not be built on but not because of quarrying


The last working quarry in Felling closed in 1972. When they started is unknown but goes back at least to Roman times. In written records times, we can go back to
 1478 when "
gryndstones" were quarried from under the Hayning (large wooded area)
Per Joan Hewitt (JH), not just a well versed local historian but the granddaughter of a quarry owner,  there was "a great sweep of carboniferous sandstone known as the Heworth Band".
In 1807 twelve separate quarries were listed in Heworth Chapelry rates book. 
The biggest was that of Richard Kell and Co and the last was that of Tate Brown & Co. (Brown being JH's grandfather)

The High Burn hole was very deep, water filled and dangerous, the stone of increasingly poor quality. In about 1948 a young lad drowned. The quarry finally closed in 1952.
After filling with Heworth Colliery pit waste it became Felling Cricket Club.

Felling Park is another obvious one. (Felling Park also had a colliery shaft, another reason for it not being built on)
Heworth Low Burn Quarry was worked on until 1970  and eventually became a cemetery
The Bankies was formerly a quarry as was the Windy Nook Nature Park 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Felling Park's Journey Thro' Time

Love Parks Week

14-23 July 2017

Holly Hill..a grassy area shown on this map

became this, when it was discovered that stone lay beneath

When the quarry was exhausted the hole was filled in and it became a pocket of land which could not be built on. There was a number of exhausted quarries in Felling and they became a cricket pitch, a cemetery, a nature park or in this case, a recreation park. A park was an obvious choice anyway when Felling Council built their Council Offices on the land next door. This was a great showpiece place for the Council's Parks Dept, sloping as it does towards the then main road linking Newcastle with Sunderland.
And what a showpiece it was..



To the left, on this picture, the land flattens out and at one time there was a bandstand there.

When life was simpler, when houses were not centrally heated and there were no TVs or computers a park was used more than it can be expected to be used now. Kids certainly use swings, slides and roundabouts but they do not use, but do abuse, a showpiece park as this was and will be again soon

The Felling Heritage Group , in 2014, did some work in the Park to bring it some way towards what it was


as it was the venue for the culmination of a march to recognise the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I


This pic was taken today, 18 July 2017.
The Friends of Felling Park and Town Centre Group are now working to bring new life to the park, again.  It's a big job and they need more volunteers. If interested, click this Friends link