Mining

Banners of Pride

Memories of the Durham Miners’ Gala
by Derek Gillum

This high quality book is a people’s history of the Durham Miner’s Gala as well as the many banners that are paraded at the ‘Big Meeting’

It has over 120 unique illustrations many never published before.

This book is A4 with 40 pages.

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Deaths, Disasters & Dastardly Deeds in the North East

by Lorna Windham

Lorna Windham writes about ordinary people in North East England and their struggle to overcome adversity. Flood, fire and financial meltdown are some of the extraordinary events which echo through the centuries and resonate in the modern world.

Links to the plague, convict transportation and a French raid, may come as a surprise, but research has shown they all took place.

Infamous people also had connections with the area: the murderers of Mary Queen of Scots’ secretary, Rizzio; ‘Butcher Cumberland’ and Burke and Hare. How and why? This book provides the answers.

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Murder, Mystery & Mayhem in the North East

By Lorna Windham

This book is a must-read for those who love the North East and its dark past. It is full of gritty tales of villains such as Durham’s PC Paton; swashbucklers like Lancelot Errington and enigmatic characters such as John Paul Jones.

Be gripped by the story of Captain Johann Friedrich Berckholtz who was found floating in the River Wear; the unsolved murder of Herrington servant Isabella Young and the deadly duel between Lieutenant Melvil and Ensign Reynolds which took place in Newcastle.

Be intrigued by mysterious rock art; tales of the kidnapping of Stockton’s Jeremiah Moore and blood-curdling ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night in Chillingham Castle, Craster Tower or even a fort on Hadrian’s Wall.

Be fascinated by accounts of mayhem caused by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce; Shields men who escaped from the Press Gang and strikes which led to the transportation.

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North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s

Remember the days when Monday was always wash day, tin baths in front of the fire and knitted bathing suits on the beach in a new book by local author Andrew Clark.

‘North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s’ recalls life at home when the washing was done in a poss tub; the wireless was the main form of entertainment; every community had a cinema and a holiday would be a trip to the seaside.

With over 120 old photographs there are also memories of Christmas, childhood games, schooldays, rationing, local dance halls, early television and going to the match.

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Pit Ponies

by Mike Kirkup

Pit ponies were a faithful companion to the men who worked in the coal mines of Northumberland and Durham. Former Ashington miner Mike Kirkup tells the story of these ponies with over 100 illustrations and many local mining memories. Also included is a brief history of the industry that once dominated the region.

Featured are stories of the training of pit ponies and the lads who worked with them; the ponies at shows and races; the dangers that men and the ponies faced; and finally the day when horse power came to an end when the last pit pony left Ellington Colliery in 1994.

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Tommy Armstrong The Pitman Poet

by Ray Tilly, Grandson of Tommy

Tommy Armstrong was famously called the ‘Pitman Poet’.

His songs and poems are well remembered within the mining communities of County Durham. His famous songs include such classics as ‘Dorham Jail’, ‘Nanny’s A Maisor’ and ‘Trimdon Grange Explosion’.

What makes this book unique is that it has been written by Tommy’s grandson – Ray Tilly.

Ray’s book is an attempt to ‘set the record straight’ about the life of his grandfather. Many things have been written and said about Tommy and Ray separates fact from fiction.

Included in the book are thirty previously published works by Tommy and a further sixteen unpublished works.

Also included are the poems and story of Tommy’s son – William Hunter Armstrong – Ray’s father.

The book has over 100 illustrations.

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Wallsend Best

A Personal Experience of the Rising Sun Colliery
by Ron Curran

This hight quality book is a history of the Rising Sun Colliery in Wallsend from the 1940’s to its closure in 1960’s.

The book contains over 100 unique illustrations many never published before.

The book contains 116 pages.

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