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I lived next door to Mr Welsh all my young days in Dorset Ave. I have been searching for some time to find anyone who knew what the farm and big house (as we knew it ) was called. I just remember being told it was Snowdons Farm and the cottage on the top of the hill overlooking Harton Downhill Infants was occupied by a farmer who we named as kids as Mad Harry. Gosh did he race out from the farm in his ramshackle lorry, how we were not run over, to this day I will never know. All my friends in that street were lost to me many years ago. There was also another farm to the right of our house (we lived at the very top of Dorset) but I cannot remember when it was demolished. Yes the Big house was made into a Youth club which I feel today should have been renovated and not destroyed. If I remember rightly was it not eventually turned into a childrens nursery????.So yes I am old enough to remember the rattler the hills I used to play on, the old century box the farms the grotto Marsden the leas my schools Downhill infants Horsley hill juniors and last but not least REDWELL .Happy days sadly gone but certainly not forgotten. I think back of fond memories of my friends past and present. So if anyone knows what the farms were called I would be grateful.
Well I cant view the pictures but by the description they must be outside of my old home and parents shop selling tabs, snuff, chewing backy, ice cream (a pitmans favourite) and boiled sweets lots of them! the old clossed station was just down the road from the shop and myself, friends and older sister played inside the dirty dusty old place with all the old tokens used to ride the train, in later years there was a deal made with a local off licence that pre paid for bottles of beer could be collected from "under the counter" for the shifts that finished after closing time and from what I remember it helped keep the shop open at some very strange hours and the buses had to wait for people collecting their orders, the things you do to earn a keep. There was another smaller pedestrian bridge down the bank next to the Westoe Cemetary entrance with another little shop run by an elderly lady called Eva who was a family friend. On a side note I never ate a school dinner, why? because the pit canteen had the best mince and onion pies I have ever tasted to this very day, may have been a mucky old place but the machine shop did many a repair for me and I even managed to do some fishing there, fishing at westoe pit? oh yes and it made me some nice pocket money, I wonder how many people can work that one out or have read another post Ive made, I miss the place it was my childhood from a very early age.Jarrow Pete wrote: ↑Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:04 amBridge was at top of Spohr terrace just before pit entrance . When I worked at Westoe after Whitburn closed used to cross bridge into Iolanthe Terrace and cross Mowbary Road past the stadium and catch no 12 bus home to Marsden from the bus stop at corner of Westcott Avenue and Horsley Hill Road.malaymac wrote:Brilliant photo's Brian, really good to see them.
The pedestrian bridge over the line, are you able to say, where abouts that would be ?