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Friends of Burnhope Primary School

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Burnhope Heritage

The following recordings are residents’ conversations about memories of living in Burnhope from the 1930’s to 1960’s.


The accompanying intro-music is from ‘The Ash Grove’ played by Dodworth Colliery Brass Band.

leisure 1
00:00 / 16:00

Thank you to the Colliery Band for their music during the introduction and interlude.

00:23 - Resident speaks about the Burnhope Brass Band.

03:38 - We learn about the different halls in Burnhope and the activities they provided-This includes the Miners Hall.

09:18 - A resident talks about what they did when they were children-cricket, dances, sports day and football.

10:40 - Residents talk about going to the cinema and the films they watched, when they were children. They also speak about the Community Centre, Methodist Chapel and youth club.

14:39 - Discussion around other groups in the community-scouts and cubs.

leisure 2
00:00 / 09:35

00:24 - Visiting the ‘Hoppings’ (fair)


02:12 - Rock and roll fashion


03:33 - Ivy Leaf Club trip to the seaside

 

06:37 - Summer trips organised by the Ivy Leaf Club, Colliery and Working Men’s Club

 

08:08 - Entertainment for teenagers

living 1
00:00 / 16:39

00:10 - Housing - describing a 3 bed house and conditions in the Colliery cottages


04:05 - Sharing everything, hand-me-downs, knowing no different


08:05 - Everybody had the same


09:53 - Describing a 1 bed colliery cottage and Parkside ‘modern’ houses


14:41 - Houshold appliances

shops and businesses
00:00 / 13:56

00:22 - Burnhope was isolated


01:07 - Locations and owners of shops


03:11 - Shop interiors and mobile shops (pro-vans)


06:22 - General dealers 1960’s and ‘the store’


11:28 - Colliery school became Conway Tyres

leisure 3
00:00 / 14:58

00:10 - Social night’s out


03:21 - Socialising as a teenager


07:32 - Working in clubs playing the drums


10:47 - Hobbies, clubs, teams and changes in the village


12:40 - Playing out in the village

living 2
00:00 / 13:18

00:22 - Good times but hard times


03:00 - Description of 4 bed house and childhood in Burnhope


07:20 - Toilets and ‘the midden man’


09:09 - The terraced council houses


11:16 - All same standard of living and their pride

Mining
00:00 / 16:06

00:22 - Becoming a miner and having ‘marras’


02:12 - Comradeship
 

03:10 - Training to be a miner
 

05:51 - Different work on different shifts
 

09:08 - An accident down the mine
 

13:21 - Down the mine

Credits

With our thanks to:

Alex Henry at Curiosity Creative for recording and editing these conversations

Mid Durham AAP and the Heritage Lottery fund for funding the project

Age UK for their co-operation

The participants for their time and commitment to the project: Derek Coates, Ossie Johnson, Harry Barron,Gordon Smith, Billy Johnson, Alan Gibson, Barry Henderson, Jim Bradley, Joan Bradley.

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