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hi all, just looked to see what,s happing in w. hill at the moment. please note new e-mail address


alan watson - Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 06:54:45 (PDT)

A big thank you to Margaret Hedley for giving the Edmondsley local history Group such an interesting talk about the role of women in the Mining communities.We all enjoyed it and it certainly stirred up some interest and memories.

Barry Wood

Edmondsley U.K. - Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 04:47:04 (PDT)

Anyone remember the Edgar family who lived at 30 Burns St?
Jack, Lil
ian, Betts,Freda, Alan (Jack), Ray and Audrey. They're my family and I'd like them to see this site.Let me know, meanwhile I'll print out a few pages to see if I can jog their memories.

ian cameron
evesham, worcs england - Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 05:27:52 (PDT)

bye for now

darren dinsdale germany - Friday, January 04, 2002 at 17:43:39 (PDT)

good to come back to this site.....lots of old names and the photos of the footy team bring back my old ones somewhere.......if enybody wishes to visit my own website which i have built they are quite welcome...the address is
hope u en
joy the regiments history as much as i enjoyed building it

darren dinsdale germany - Friday, January 04, 2002 at 17:42:13 (PDT)

I have enjoyed the nostalgic trip looking at the old place.
Particularly liked the photo which included My Grandfather Michael Cain and my two uncles Armer and Jimmy

Steve Cain
Durham - Friday, January 04, 2002 at 10:50:15 (PDT)

just found your fascinating site i lived in the dardanelles from 1953/1965 and attended st. godrics school.the village was a happy environement and holds pleasent memories visiting baldeseras cafe and the w hill father worked at thornley colliery his name was gordon stanley he died in 1987 my mothers maiden name was kathleen roche from shotton colliery.

gordon stanley

co durham england - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 05:34:46 (PDT)

Wishing everyone in Wheatley Hill, past and present, a really merry christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. loads of love to everyone, and I think this is a really great site.
Edith Bradshaw

Edith Bradshaw

Birmingham England - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 09:21:58 (PDT)

I'm researching my Mam's family, Heslop originally from Wheatley Hill and later spennymoor. Any info would be very helpful.

gill lovell G.B. - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 15:41:26 (PDT)


I really find this site fascinating reading about all the ex pats who loved Wheatley Hill so much the first chance they got they buggerd off.
Keep up the good work.
PS Who is Robie Leigh?.

Daren wake
Wheatley Hill USSR - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 14:30:08 (PDT)


This is a terrific site, anyone out there go to Wingate Secondary bet 1969 & 1974. Names i remember from Wheatley Hill/Thornley:- Graeme Abbs, ? Lowther, Michael Hill, ? Turner; from Haswell:- Philip Long; from Wingate:- Kay Harrison; from Trimdons:- Jill ? & Gill
ian ?; from Shotton:- Heather Ward, Elizabeth Still, Wayne Mossop, Trevor Yews.

Also, I'm searching for some distant family members.
Does anyone remember
George Cook and his wife Martha Lee(sister of my grandfather), they had several children, one daughter was definitely called Audrey (if she is still alive she would be around 70-80 yrs old). Audrey married someone called Willis(don't know his 1st name). They had two girls i believe, one called Susan Willis, born approx 1952. Susan either went to school with or knew Leslie Ward (my brother b 1952)from Shotton Colliery. Audrey would know my mother Marjorie (Lee) Ward.
If anyone recognises any of these names please e-mail at:
many thanks.

Heather Wright
Stockton-on-Tees UK - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 15:00:24 (PDT)

Not a bad site, you may see me about wheatley hill now and again, I am sure you all know who I am.

Robbie Leigh
Wheatley Hill UK - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 02:10:49 (PDT)

Hello, I am trying to find my mother who I belive is living in wheatley Hill, her name is Betty Thompson and she would be around 50 or 60 yrs old. If any one can help it would be much apreciated, many thanks in advance.

Patricia Bradley
lichfield, uk staffordshire - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 08:56:14 (PDT)

Hi What agreat web site for all coal miners daughters and sons,i grew up in Burradon Collery my dad worked at Weatslade.Any one out there who remembers Burradon with fondness,Office Row,Middle Row Strawberry Ter etc.Ihave wonderful memories of this lovely village which i visit as often as i can.Anyone remember the primary school and Dudley Secondery. My most vivid memory was the sound of the pit buzzer in the morning when the men were called out to work,and at night when they came home, and the once a year school trip to South Shields with all those busses lined up in front of Office Row, what memories. Thanks for a smashing web site i will visit often

geordie girl 14, uk cumbria - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 14:22:12 (PDT)

Stumbled upon this excellent nostalgic site. I lived in Burns Street between 1955-1975. I am still in touch with Neville Cain, John Metcalfe and Gordon Fenwick. My cousins are Malcolm and June Thompson (South View), John Jordan (Shop Street) and Jennifer Gibson (Weardale Street?). E-mail me and I'll pass your contact details on to them.
I would love to hear from anyone who went to either school,the cubs, the church choir, or the church youth club etc with me.
My Mam and Dad (Bill and Evelyn) celebrate their Golden Wedding on December 1st. They moved to Sedgefield about 10 years ago. (Incidentally Tommy Hopper lives in Sedgefield - looks prosperous. No wonder really when you consider he only paid us 10 shillings in 1966 for tattie picking when Robinsons were paying 12 and 6!)
If you cannot picture my face, my daughter Lisa (who looks like me)is scheduled to be on the "Weakest Link" in November.
My favourite memories are of "Harrisy" Baldeseras, Bellas fish and chip shop, sports day, climbing(and getting stuck)in the quarries and buying a quarter of rainbow sherbert and a penny licquorice from the Tin Shop. Anyone remember playing cricket in the street with bin lids propped up on bricks or 20 a side games of football between the Council Houses and the Colliery Houses on the "Big Girls" school field on a Sunday afternoon, before being chased by the caretaker "big Tom" on his way home from the club?
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Garry Gibson Scotland - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 12:30:05 (PDT)

Hello Wheatley Hill.nice to see some friendly names in site to look through.but must argue with Ian Saiger class of 82-86 was much the better footie team.specially if you had my brother playing in yours.ha ha

Paul Lowther
Hartlepool England - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 13:20:54 (PDT)

Very interesting site. Lovely to see a picture of my grandad, Horace Bradshaw.

Janice Burrell - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 05:34:43 (PDT)

First visit to site didn't even know it existed and I only live in THORNLEY! Excellent only wish something similar for THORNLEY was available,keep up the good work.

David Atkin
THORNLEY ENGLAND - Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 10:47:24 (PDT)

I've had requests for information about Wellfield reunion from several people. I don't have any information about Eddie Gratton's plans, but I now have his telephone number, which is:

0191 587 2270

I don't know whether he has an e-mail address.

Donald Miller UK - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 16:11:25 (PDT)

Thanks,this was a really nice site to visit,my family was from Horden and this brought back alot of fine memories.I would like to give a special thanks to Frank Weatherall for sending me this site.

Frank X. Riley
LaHabra, Ca USA - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 16:48:34 (PDT)

Excellent site especially the photo of the juniors football teams. Must thank John Ainscough for them. There must not have been any barbers open then, looking at the hair styles. Keep the good work up .
Dave Peacock.

David Peacock
norwich USA - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 14:58:38 (PDT)

Hi, everyone who might remember me or my late husband, Chas.
I should be delghted to hear from past friends from Wheatley Hill or from A.J. Dawson's Grammar School
I should love to know more about Eddie Gratton's reunion.
A touch of Gilbert and Sullivan's' Iolanthe' might help
jog a few memories. Chas played Strephon, & I, as Joan Adams was a humble fairy in the chorus line. Happy days!
Happy memories of life in our village.
Keep up the good work
Joan Lister (nee

Joan Lister

Joan@Lister USA - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 11:20:51 (PDT)

Hello to all my old friends in W/H planning a return trip in November, regards to my old friends

Harry Mason

USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 14:54:07 (PDT)

Was born in East View in 1954, left the village in 1967 for yorkshire, I am now just getting renewed interest in the village and your sight is of great value. Has anyone else tried the web sight ( great sight to find old scholl palls. Keep up the good work.

Geoff Carr
Glasgow UK - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 05:17:13 (PDT)

Harry Mason!!!!! dick speckman is my cousin.He does still live here, if you'd like to e-mail me, i'd like to help.

Olga Bradshaw, (Speckman!) Wheatley Hill - Friday, August 31, 2001 at 05:12:48 (PDT)

I'd just like to find out who it was looking for my great uncle, dick speckman, if u'd like to e-mail i'd be more than happy to help!

Bradshaw durham - Friday, August 31, 2001 at 04:50:07 (PDT)

back for another visit. could anyone let me know about Robert Howe(bob)he used to live in johnson est.we knocked about to gether a long time back. there were a few of us but would like to start with Bob. i am now 50yrs young now so if anyone can remember us or even one of our gang of boys and girls please feel free to mail me
alan watson

alan watson uk - Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 14:37:13 (PDT)

Donald Miller Any more news about Eddie Gratton's re-union do?

Harold James

USA - Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 10:30:31 (PDT)

The site is 'magic'. I, like all of those 'ex pat' people found it interesting too. You're worth your weight in gold David for your effort. Keep going.

durham uk - Friday, August 03, 2001 at 09:20:24 (PDT)

Had a telephone call from Rita Carr (Osbaldestin) telling me that Eddie Gratton is trying to arrange a reunion of Wellfield students from the 1950'era. A date has not been fixed yet but will probably be in the Autumn.

Donald Miller UK - Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 18:37:57 (PDT)

good site to catch up with old friends.ive been away for a while and its nice to go back to your roots....anybody got a job for me as im leaving the army shortly......plenty qualifications in IT and to try and sell myself....very good site....keepit up......he he

darren dinsdale
gutersloh germany - Monday, July 30, 2001 at 14:30:32 (PDT)

Great site,my father Edward(Ned)Worthington was born at 5 Darlington Street(long gone)and I still have many relations in Wheatley Hill and surroundind area.I was born at Thornley Colliery and moved to the Spennymoor area in the 1950s your photo on the month as a Anty(Anthony)Worthington he was my uncle,my granmother Worthington nee Winstanley was born at Wheatley Hill and lived at Patton Street,will keep visiting.

Eddie Worthington - Friday, July 27, 2001 at 01:21:00 (PDT)

I remember the name Spanton but cannot put a face to
the name. Do you still live in Horden? I added in my message when I started at H.S.G.S., give me a clue when you started!!!! My contempories were Shirley Kell, Babs Briggs, Dorothy Gray, Dot Gill and also Brian Yardley and Carl Bonsell. Ring any bells. Did you know that Biff Smith had died and he was 83. That means when he taught us maths he was only in his thirties. Will look for your reply, don't have an e-mail address for you or would have answered with this message direct to you!!!! Jean Ogle (Walker), not to be confused with the Jean Walker from Horden who was about 4 years older and was a prefect when I started at H.S.

Jean Ogle (nee - Walker)
Cawood, Yorkshire UK - Monday, July 23, 2001 at 18:52:16 (PDT)

Im trying to trace my family history. Grandfather George Quinn Born 1897 at Sunderland parents John and Elizabeth Quinn had a sister Martha John and Elizabeth died when George was young and Martha bought him up like a son and went to live at Horden. Can anyone help


southampton england - Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 05:24:44 (PDT)

Francis Johnson - thankyou for your response - how do I contact you?

Lesley Austen
Holyhead, Anglesey United Kingdom - Friday, July 13, 2001 at 11:17:58 (PDT)

I love reading this web page. You give me so much pleasure reading about Wheatley Hill's history. Can any one send me any information on the Wheatley Hill mothers club? My two aunts still live in the village and are active members in this club. My aunts names are Mary Wilkinson & Betty Waugh.
Thanking you in advance.
Hugh Michael Gibson

Hugh Michael Gibson
Ancaster, On Canada - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 14:30:41 (PDT)

Jean Ogle Do you remember Spike Spanton? or is that before your time?


Uk - Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 14:42:36 (PDT)

I feel I must write to this page after reading two negative letters on W.Hill.
The parnership is asleep or has given up hope says one. The people of W.Hill are not as friendly as they used to be says another.
Nothing could be further from the truth
I visited W.Hill for a few days and was most impressed at the good work done by the partnership.
The green areas springing up are a real improvement to the village.
The old welfare hall has not only been saved from demolition by the partnership, but has been transformed into a comunity centre housing a fist class gymnasium and a computer room
I was invited to use these computers and spent quite a time there. I found the people Of W. hill as friendly as they ever were
Parts of the front street are a mess, No one in W.Hill will deny that, But I know the partnership will turn that around eventually. Thay have big plans for the future.
I am looking forward to the opening of a heritage centre soon. I tell any Ex Pat of Wheatley Hill,the village is in good hands.
The best to all
Tony Foster.

Tony Foster
luton U.K - Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 14:27:27 (PDT)

Hi again everyone, The site just keeps getting better,
I have come a long way in my search since the last time I left a message, but now I know I have family (Hardy and Morris) in the area who choose not to contact me, never mind. Can anyone help me with info or pictures of the Ambulance men from Wheatley Hill mine ?? I havent been able to find anything to do with them, Arthur Hardy and his son were my g-grandfather and uncle.I have been told he had a shop aswell at some point,I beleive he died in the 1970s.
Thanks very much

Jeanette Hardy
Portsmouth england - Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 10:33:07 (PDT)

In response to Spikes entry on 26th October 2000 - Yes there
are Henry Smith's Grammer individuals out there who went to school
in the late forties and fifties, but I don't remember anyone called Spike.
Do you want to identify yourself and mention some of your class mates and
teachers as well as your e-mail address so that contact can be made.
Thank you for a wonderful site to visit and meet old friends.
Jean Ogle (nee Walker)

Jean Ogle
Yorkshire UK - Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 18:28:54 (PDT)

Congratulations on an interesting and well constructed site.
Keep up the good work, it really is appreciated.

Gary Kirby
Doncaster, Yorkshire UK - Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 05:38:51 (PDT)

The reason that there is so much crime in W/hill is because of the "Low Police Presence" in the area, the trouble is the Police are putting most of their resources into catching and fining the Motorist, its time they changed their priorities and put more effort into catching the common criminals like thieves, muggers, etc.

John Harrison

Ex-W/Hill UK - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 10:24:08 (PDT)

Lesley Austen, The Residents of Wheatley Hill are not the same friendly helpful folk that they used to be, they dont think there's any Kudos in helping people like you (ex-pats), if you give a few more details of your ancestry I'll see what I can come up with! cheers

Francis Johnson

UK - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 07:39:16 (PDT)

Still searching for mother's family who came from Co Durham - Trimdon, Castle Eden, Tudhoe, Coundon. I visited Wheatly Hill many times wih my great aunt who lived in Hartlepool Street in Thornley. She was Maggie Morris nee Birkett (husband Will, sons Rex, Alan and Ivor). I'm sure two of her sisters lived in Wheatly Hill - Nellie (married to George CUTTY and had a son Wilfred) and Lizzie (married William SMITH with children JAmes Henry (died age 6) Leslie and Ivy who married Leslie TURNBULL)

I also recall (during the 1960's)that we used to visit the cemetery to tend graves - but I don't know who they would have belonged to - would people from Thornley have been buried in Wheatly Hill?

Absolutely brilliant site - but haven't had one response from original message posted Oct 2000

Lesley Austen
Holyhead, Anglesey United Kingdom - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 07:25:37 (PDT)

great site,recognised a few old mates in the guest book,my parents(Ann & Dave Swallow)found it of great interest.keep up the good work.

anthony swallow - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 10:56:08 (PDT)

Recently returned to W/Hill for a short visit, the place is a disgrace and should be tidied up now! What is the so-called Partnership doing? are they all asleep or have they given up hope?

Harry Mason

UK - Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 07:57:39 (PDT)

A fine web site, brings back many memories of my childhood, nice to see my Grandad William Prentice on your site, I spent many a happy day at 3 Dennis Street, and with my grandad at Hedley (The Butchers)

I went to the Juniors School in 1954 before moving to Peterlee in roughly 1958.

I now like in Corby Northants, anyone who remembers me please feel free to e-mail me

John Parsons United Kingdom - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 12:27:38 (PDT)


IAN SAIGER - Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 14:59:33 (PDT)

I've en
joyed reliving some memories. Does anyone remember me - one of 'the Pattison girls'? Una, Joan, Phyllis, Irene, me and Valerie. Our parents were William (Billy)and Lizzie (nee Graham) Pattison. At various times we all attended Patton Street Methodist Church and Bow Street Methodist Church in Thornley. I left the village in 1966 but used to visit regularly until 1989 when Mam died (Dad died in 1975). If anyone remebers me, please get in touch.

Vera Carter (nee Pattison)
Milton Keynes England - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 11:41:23 (PDT)

Hi Margaret - good to hear you'll be back home soon - hi from your Smyth cousins, Terry, Pauline, Michael and me - have a good journey


Christine Wilson (Smyth)
Leicester - Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 08:54:56 (PDT)

Great Site. Will be home to visit Thomas and Freda Hagan (my parents) on May 2nd 2001. Hi, Michael, Stephen, Thomas and Terry, see you soon. Love Margaret.

Greenwich, CT USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 14:00:20 (PDT)

sorry ive not been in touch with u dave exercise in poland was on the cards so give me a bell.....darren ref web page.
going back home april and looking forward to it...

darren dinsdale germany - Monday, March, 05, 2001 at 15:12:18 (PDT)

Hello I'm Dorothy Peacock and still live in Wheatley Hill with my husband Ray. It is wonderful to see that there are so many people still interested in the old village. After the pit closed we lost a lot of investment and people, the population went from 8000 to 3200 now still living in the village. At present a group of people have formed a Partnership and are applying for grants and other forms of investment to make our village a pleasant place to live.
If any one is interested in what we are doing please contact me on my e.mail. I am new to all of this technology but hope that I have managed to get this message through.
Well done David fantastic web-site. Did you get my E-mail?

Dorothy Peacock (nee Powell
Co Durham - Sunday, March, 04, 2001 at 11:12:16 (PDT)

Very informative site! Thanks for all the work put into it. I'd be very interested in anyone with information about the Duck family of the Thornley & Wheatly Hill areas (to incl. the family of Sara Duck-Wilson, born Thornley in 1900, died/buried at Wheatly Hill in 1945).

Jim Duck
Annapolis, Maryland USA - Sunday, February 25, 2001 at 07:12:31 (PDT)

Still trying to trace old mate Dick Speckman, does anyone know him?


- Friday, February 23, 2001 at 14:38:40 (PDT)

Found this site very interesting, but found no references to Golightlys many of whom were baptized in W H between 1891 and 1911 but may have lived in Thornley as father and mother listed as living in Thornley. Would be glad to hear from anyone knowing of this family name.

Stan Golightly
Richmond Hill, On. Canada - Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 10:59:03 (PDT)

Is Thomas Stephenson who left Horden School in 1950/1 living in Wheatley Hill? If he is will he leave a message on here!


Horden UK - Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 05:43:08 (PDT)

A very interesting website,many happy memories are relived on readingyour pages.Istill visit my parents there and still love the place.Keep up the good work. David Hunter.

David Hunter - Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 12:33:27 (PDT)

Nice informative web site, keep up the good work.

Bill Riley, UK USA - Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 14:11:11 (PDT)

Wheatley hill was my Village of my birth and Infant nurture!
Would love to see it again

Thomas Johnson

Reading - Saturday, February 10, 2001 at 06:25:52 (PDT)

Thanks for the website, I really enjoyed visiting. I lived in the village from 1955 until 1969. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who was at Wheatley Hill infants/juniors during this period.

Paul Urwin
Leicester - Monday, February 05, 2001 at 06:17:59 (PDT)


darren dinsdale
gutersloh germany - Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 17:02:41 (PDT)

Keep up the good work David, I have just been contacted by a childhood friend of my grandfather, he is able to tell me things I never knew.
Dreams really do come true.

Jeanette Hardy
Portsmouth England - Monday, January 29, 2001 at 10:40:35 (PDT)

What a wonderful warm enjoyable site!
I came upon it while trawling for information on my Grandfather Thomas West of Kelloe.
If only there was something like this for Kelloe I would be so very happy.
Congratulations and best wishes.

Garth West
Lacey's Creek, Queensland Australia - Friday, January 26, 2001 at 08:20:40 (PDT)

Great site - I had been searching for a picture of Gowland Terrace (the place of my birth) for years - and now I've found one. I left the village to join the WRNS in 1978, and now live in Leicester, although my parents Tommy & Edna Smyth still live in the village and I visit regularly. What memories this site evokes.

Christine Wilson (nee Smyth) - Friday, January 26, 2001 at 05:56:34 (PDT)

Many of my Booth ancestors came from this region. I find this so interesting.

Donalee Moore Phillips
Colville, WA USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 01:17:11 (PDT)

have just found the site on wheatley hill while browsing for mining history. will return regulary.
my parents ralph @ mildred (millie)watson lived all their lives in wheatley hill. feel free to e-mail me with any news that i might miss. thanks for this site .alan watson

alan watson - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 14:40:45 (PDT)

Im back again, still trying to find the Hardy family.
I have just been told my great grandfather Arthur was a bone surgeon to do with the pit but I cannot find any mention of him in the royal college of surgeons indexes.
Also that his wife Jean was a medium, famous around the area for her readings and talking to the dead.
If anyone can help please let me know.
Keep up the good work,

Jeanette Hardy
portsmouth england - Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 03:57:28 (PDT)

I think your webpage is interesting and i like to learn about where I live. Bye Bye

John Wray Orton
Wheatley Hill England - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 11:10:10 (PDT)

I've just visited the site and seen my dad on the 'Photo of the Month' (Sam Hastings). I lived in Wheatley Hill until 1983, when I left to join the Royal Navy and then eventually ended up in Wales. I would be glad to hear from anyone who remembers me from Wheatley Hill or Wellfield Grammar School. Don't get home too often nowadays!
David, this is a great site and certainly brings back the memories! Well done, keep up the good work.

Derek Hastings
Neath South Wales - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 14:52:53 (PDT)

Forgot to put my e mail address

Edward Routledge
London England - Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 03:32:09 (PDT)

nice to see Wheatley hill on the internet, found this site interesting after spending my formative years in the village.

Paul Scott - Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 11:16:04 (PDT)

I used to live in the Dardenelles and still have a brick from when they pulled them down. Left a long time ago to join the Royal Navy, but come and see the place when I can and still have family living in the area.
We used to think if you lived in the prefabs or in the council houses you must be posh ( because you had an inside toilet and a bathroom with hot running water )and those lucky people in the prefabs had a "fridge ".
I look back and think how lucky I was, especially as I used to get two bags on sports day,one from Wheatley Hill and one from Thornley as my dad then worked at Thornley pit. Shame I didn't get one from Shotton , as I went to the secondary modern there.
Now that I have found this site, I will visit again. Remeber Mr Thubron delivering the wood on his horse and cart and Baldaseras ice cream cart.Happy Days.!!

Edward Routledge

London uk - Friday, December 22, 2000 at 09:25:18 (PDT)

I enjoy reading this page. I have very strong ties to Wheatley Hill. My father was born there, my aunts still live on Quilstyle Rd.I was over in August of this year. Took a drive thru the Durham Dales. Wheatley Hill is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. Please feel free to write to me @

Hughie Gibson
ancaster, ont canada - Monday, December 18, 2000 at 09:00:16 (PDT)

I enjoyed looking at wheatley hill history as I was born there.My dad's name was James Goyns. If anyone has any history of the Goyns family I would appreciate it.

Mary Inchliffe
Peterlee, England Co Durham. - Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 12:24:59 (PDT)

My mam came from Wheatley Hill, Doreen Holdforth (nee Richardson)and my grandparents Jack and Martha(nee Shutt) Richardson. I spent alot of time here and I enjoy reading about it. Excellent site.

Sharon E Iddon
Hartlepool USA - Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 12:36:31 (PDT)

A great site. I was born in Thornley and attended Wheatley Hill Boys Modern from 1963-67 and remember Mr. Etherington.I found the article by Sue Davies to be very nostalgic. If anyone remembers me please get in touch.
Michael Dougherty <>
Aberdeen, Scotland - Sunday, December 03, 2000 at 13:46:23 (PST)

A great site. I was born in Thornley and attended Wheatley Hill Boys Modern from 1963-67 and remember Mr. Etherington.I found the article by Sue Davies to be very nostaligic. If anyone remembers me please get in touch.
Michael Dougherty <>
Aberdeen, Scotland - Sunday, December 03, 2000 at 13:42:39 (PST)

Michael Dougherty <>
Aberdeen, Scotland - Sunday, December 03, 2000 at 13:36:21 (PST)

Nice to see the old Village on the map! Is the Scout Club-house still going? still got Colin Thackrey behind the bar?
Peter Smith <psmithy?>
Brum, UK - Saturday, December 02, 2000 at 04:06:26 (PST)

Nice to see the old Village on the map! Is the Scout Club-house still going? still got Colin Thackrey behind the bar?
Peter Smith <psmithy?>
Brum, UK - Saturday, December 02, 2000 at 04:05:09 (PST)

Nice to see the old Village on the Web!
Tom Brownlee
UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 14:33:57 (PST)

Nice to see the old Village on the Web!
Tom Brownlee
UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 14:30:34 (PST)

Left Wheatley Hill in 1978 Do any of my old friends remember me? Matty, Willy, Aitchy and others.
Harold Smith
Notts, UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 14:27:27 (PST)

Left Wheatley Hill in 1978 Do any of my old friends remember me? Matty, Willy, Aitchy and others.
Harold Smith
Notts, UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 14:24:53 (PST)

Left Wheatley Hill in 1978 Do any of my old friends remember me? Matty, Willy, Aitchy and others.
Harold Smith
Notts, UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 14:23:09 (PST)

Left Wheatley Hill in 1978 Do any of my old friends remember me? Matty, Willy, Aitchy and others.
Harold Smith
Notts, UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 14:21:48 (PST)

Bill Edwards, Dick Speckman is a friend of mine and still lives in W/Hill He's not on the Net, if you have a message for him I will pass it on.
Frank Weatherall <>
Easington, UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 13:07:58 (PST)

Bill Edwards, Dick Speckman is a friend of mine and still lives in W/Hill He's not on the Net, if you have a message for him I will pass it on.
Frank Weatherall <>
Easington, UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 13:07:56 (PST)

Bill Edwards, Dick Speckman is a friend of mine and still lives in W/Hill He's not on the Net, if you have a message for him I will pass it on, he still lives in W/Hill
Frank Weatherall <>
Easington, UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 13:05:01 (PST)

Bill Edwards,%
Frank Weatherall <>
Easington, UK - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 12:58:01 (PST)

Bill Edwards
UK - Monday, November 27, 2000 at 12:15:25 (PST)

Hill in 1933. In 1940 I moved to Liddell Terrace. Many happy memories. Does anyone remember Patton Street sunshine corner. Its for children under 99. also the Sunday school trips to Hart. We walked to Thornley station for the train and walked to the sands from the station. looking at it now we walked further than we rode. I do visit W.Hill often as my sister Mary Neasham is still there. I would like to here from anyone who remembers me from before 1957 when I left W. Hill to join the R.A.F. thank you very much for this page. It is very interesting indeed. All the best to W Hill people past and present.
Anthony Foster <>
USA - Saturday, November 25, 2000 at 08:50:05 (PST)

Has anyone any idea of the whereabouts of Freddy Bartram who emigrated to Australia in 1963
Mary Harper
USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 06:49:16 (PST)

Hi, back again .Ive just found my g-grandparents marriage cert. He Arthur Hardy came from Ashington nrthmb she Jane Morris lived at 33 coopers terrace thornley. They were married at "church of the england martyrs thornley" can anyone tell me if it still stands? Also he was a coal miner in brackets it sais (hewer) what is this . Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, keep up the good work
Jeanette Hardy <>
portsmouth, england - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 12:20:56 (PST)

Any information please of old schoolfriends - Hilda Nichol who lived in Wheatley Hill in the 1930's & 40's - went to Wellfield & later worked for BBC in London Brother Norman aka Fishface Parents lived in bungalow near Regal & then in pre-fab. Also Florrie Cook daughter of Thornley butcher. Both girls went to Wellfield with me and will be about 75 now I was Annie Clark in those days
Frances Pickering (nee Clark) <none>
UK, USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 05:24:40 (PST)

Well done David,you're doing an excellent job! I'm still taking pictures of what's happening in Wheatley Hill,demolitions etc, so if you need any just let me know. Regards to Margaret and all at the History Club. Best wishes Ian Craggs
Ian Craggs <>
Wheatley Hill, England - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 09:20:44 (PST)

GREAT SITE. I visited your site after finding out that my G Grandfather was born in Wheatley Hill, Jonathon HIND 1874, son of Edward Stoker?? HIND and Esther Cummings. As yet I don't know where abouts in the village they lived. Then this week my cousin told me to visit, as his Dads picture was now on there Richard WARD. It's a great site, I was born and raised in Shotton Colliery, my father Joseph William(Billy) WARD my mother Marjorie Lee(her parents James LEE and Elizabeth Ann HIND, daughter of Jonathon). Anyone who knows me or my family please get in touch.
Heather Wright(neeWARD) <>
Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, UK - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 01:43:54 (PST)

Don't seem to see many answers to quiries on this page! Does NE1 from Wheatley hill read it?
Norman Smith
Peterlee, England (NE) - Thursday, November 02, 2000 at 05:29:48 (PST)

Hi my brother told me to visit your site following his previous look in. Understand you will be showing photo of our father who played tenor horn in the wheatley hill band. Have really enjoyed the visit and will certainly return again. our family Ward originated in Yorkshire moved to Durham one of the ancestors was killed in the explosion at haswell colliery 1844, his grandsons emigrated to australia married and had children. Our immediate grandfather then returned to england his brother william ward stayed out there in the newcastle area of new south wales. He was married to a catherine cooke(nee kent of cornwall england) we are hoping to find out if there are any living relative still in aussie would appreciate any feedback. We will return again good luck Jim ward
Jim Ward <>
corwall, uk england - Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 13:47:44 (PDT)

Good Site
Brian Thompson(Tomper)
England - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 09:25:19 (PDT)

Are there any Old Henry Smith Boys(or Girls) online who attended H.S,s in the late 40s or 50s
Peterlee, USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 06:28:18 (PDT)

Are there any Old Henry Smith Boys(or Girls online who attended H.S,s in the late 40s or 50s
Peterlee, USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 06:27:50 (PDT)

Hi everyone
Tom Johnson
USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 07:36:09 (PDT)

Noticed that the History Club are doing the history of Thornley Hall Farm in October. My maternal grandmother was brought up there in the late 1880's. The family name was Herdman and her maternal grandparents were Snowdon. she told me about a secret passage from the hall to Durham Cathedral Was this true, I wonder
Lucy Chaffer-as-was <suetomnvta@aol>
Hartlepool, England - Wednesday, October 04, 2000 at 01:19:10 (PDT)

Hi Found your site very interesting my father played in the wwheatly hill prize band in 1933 on the tenor horn Does this band still exist? keep up the good work.
Richard Ward <>
uk - Tuesday, October 03, 2000 at 14:06:33 (PDT)

mother's family who came from Co Durham - Trimdon, Castle Eden, Tudhoe, Coundon. I visited Wheatly Hill many times wih my great aunt who lived in Hartlepool Street in Thornley. She was Maggie Morris nee Birkett (husband Will, sons Rex, Alan and Ivor). I'm sure two of her sisters lived in Wheatly Hill - Nellie and Lizzie - but I have no idea of their married names. I also recall (during the 1960's)that we used to visit the cemetery to tend graves - but I don't know who they would have belonged to - would people from Thornley have been buried in Wheatly Hill? I don't suppose there are similar sites for other villages are there? Absolutely brilliant
Lesley Austen <>
ANGLESEY, NORTH WALES - Monday, October 02, 2000 at 15:38:50 (PDT)

Excellent reading. Well done!
Derek Hastings <>
USA - Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 12:31:09 (PDT)

Enjoying reading your web pages. You have inspired me to write my memories of my schooldays in Wheatley Hill 1944-59. I will send you a copy
Lucy Chaffer (now Davies) <suetomnvta@aol>
Hartlepool, USA - Friday, September 15, 2000 at 13:38:04 (PDT)

Trying to trace an old school-friend of mine from way-back called Richard (Dick ) Speckman Is he still in the area? Does anyone know? Harry Mason
Harry Mason
Peterborough, - Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 09:42:11 (PDT)

A Fabulous Web-page, can someone start a similar page for all us Horden exiles?
Norman Smith
Blackhall (Peterlee), - Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 04:04:07 (PDT)

Peterlee, - Monday, September 11, 2000 at 15:20:40 (PDT)

Original message & e-mail address was from my son's site(Ian, who is married & now lives in Italy,& wants to be kept informed about Wheatley Hill) I am now back on home territory ,(Newcastle) and would be pleased to be kept in touch with old friends & acquaintances from Wheatley Hill& from Wellfield, A J Dawson Grammar School. Your site provides an excellent method of enabling this.- Thank you. Regards and fond memories of life in our village.
Joan Lister <>
Newcastle/Tyne, UK - Saturday, September 09, 2000 at 02:43:12 (PDT)

Thanks for the memories. My dad was 'Kelly'Adams,worked in the pit'til death in 1952:Mum was Eva Adams(nee Hinds,from Wingate)Husband was Chas (Charlie Lister) died May 99.Dad, Sid Lister,Mum Edna Fisher(Chapel member)Keep in touch!
Joan Lister <c/o>
Dinnington Newcastle, England - Sunday, August 20, 2000 at 07:43:40 (PDT)

Would like anyone with information on "Swan Castle" or past landlords of The Throstles Nest, Shotton to get in touch please.
Wheatley Hill History Club <>
Wheatley Hill, England - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 07:03:44 (PDT)

I am researching my family history and found your web-site extremely interesting. I was brought up in Shotton Colliery but my mother's family hail from Wheatley Hill and my grandfather who recently sadly passed away worked in the pit for many years. I fondly remember spending many a happy night at the Wheatley Hill Youth Club Disco while attending Wellfield Secondary School until 1982 - I also remember having R.E. lessons with Mr. Etherington. If anyone should stumble on any info relating to the surnames LUKE, HIGHAM, JONES, PARK etc. please contact me - also my g-g-g-grandfather was publican at The Dun Cow Inn in Thornley c1881-1891 (Thomas Park) anyone know where I might find any photos? Keep up the good work!
Dawn Eglinton <>
UK - Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at 13:59:21 (PDT)

Excellent site David. Dont let the memories of Wheatley Hill just fade away. Thanks.
Dave Richardson. <>
Blackhall, England - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 02:00:57 (PDT)

Fantastic web site. My family is hoping to find out more about the John English who married Prudence Bennett Baldock Watson and had 3 children John (Married Nora, son Brian) Oliver and Margaret(born 1907) who married Paul Ernest Niemiec in 1932 ( 2 sons Peter and John,) Both MargaretEnglish and John Niemiec were baptised in the methodist church her 1907 and him 1933. I am John and I'd love to hear from anyone with any information. Thank you.
Margaret Rawle-Cope <>
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire - Monday, July 10, 2000 at 03:47:56 (PDT)

I am trying to trace Wharrier in Wheatley Hill/Newcastle/Northshields. If anyone with information could contact me. Greg
Greg Wharrier <>
USA - Sunday, July 09, 2000 at 04:05:52 (PDT)

Found your website on Wheatley Hill very interesting keep up the good work
Graham Salkeld <>
Durham, - Wednesday, July 05, 2000 at 11:26:27 (PDT)

Wonderful to be able to visit from afar where ancestors once resided. My maternal g-g-g-mother, Isabella Tinkler (nee Bennison) died at Wheatley Hill on 14 Jan. 1900. Thanks for the visit.
judy earnshaw <>
Perth, West Australia - Monday, July 03, 2000 at 20:52:05 (PDT)

Wonderful to be able to visit from afar where ancestors once resided. My maternal g-g-g-mother, Isabella Tinkler (nee Bennison) died at Wheatley Hill on 14 Jan. 1900. Thanks for the visit.
judy earnshaw <>
Perth, West Australia - Monday, July 03, 2000 at 20:28:40 (PDT)

Congratulations,I have so much information to look at. I am desperately trying to trace my family tree. My grandfather was born 10.04.1921 at 25 Coopers terrace thornley. His parents Were Arthur Hardy and Jean (Morris) I know he has a sister still living in the area called Elsie. He joined the army in 1939 and lost contact with them all, I think some of his family moved away but he always said most of the Hardies are in the cemetary. I would be eternally gratefull for any help especially as I am so far away.
Jeanette Hardy <>
Portsmouth, Hants England - Thursday, June 22, 2000 at 14:34:04 (PDT)

Congratulations on your excellent website. My interest is mainly in the coal mining history of the north east and I found much of interest on your website. Alan.
Alan Vickers <>
Sunderland, UK - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 06:32:47 (PDT)

Well Done, so interesting. Anyone remember my Dad, John Quinn, [singer].
monica young <>
USA - Thursday, June 08, 2000 at 14:51:24 (PDT)

Sorry but I posted my old E-Mail address in my recently offered comments.This one is correct but will be changing again shortly - Regards Bruce Lindsay
B.Lindsay <>
USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 10:37:42 (PDT)

It was great to uncover so much information - with so little effort.I was born and lived in the village until 1953 when I joined the Merchant navy, returning in 1958 for a couple of years and now living in Eaglescliffe with my wife Jean nee Henderson who worked in the colliery offices for some years on the wages section. There are several things that come to mind that I shall explore and contact the interested parties - I do remember that Jack Hutler was in the Royal Navy and was lost with the sinking of the Ark Royal during World War 2. Congratulations to David Cook whom I believe is the son of my cousin Nat. My mother was a resident in W.Hill for 92 years but now resides in Ridgeway House Station Town. I shall be pleased to hear from any past residents of W.Hill and I still manage to visit the village on regular occasions.
Bruce Lindsay <>
USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 11:01:17 (PDT)

hi i was up visiting my family over easter, on easter sunday we came to have alook at the cemetry with my mother daisy shaw neepaxton we were looking for her grand parents head stones unforthad no luck they are catherine and thomas paxton we met to ladies who were very kind and tryed to help hope to vist again later in the year my sister in quarrington hill and myself are trying to do a family tree if any one can help or i can help them with names and dates please reply to my e mail all the best larraine shaw
larraine mary shaw <>
bristol, Uk - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 02:58:44 (PDT)

i have relations in quarrington hill i love coming up people are so friendly my girlfriends mum lives in quarrington hill we try and see her as often as possible her name is daisy shaw. from derek woodcock
derek woodcock <>
bristol, Uk - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 01:28:13 (PDT)

Great site. Visited for the first time today and will certainly be visiting again.
Greg and Margaret Wharrier (nee Powell) <>
Thornley, Durham, - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 11:54:49 (PDT)

Well done. This is a first visit to your site. Both my parenta and grandparents came from Wheatley hill. My grandparents were Florence and Norman Ranson and Elizabeth and Alexander Patterson. My parents still reside in the locatlity of Durham and have soem interesting tales to tell. My grandfather Ranson worked as a miner primarily in the Thornley mine altho at some point he must have worked at Wheatley hill as he lived in ninth str. Grandfather Patterson was a miner, but after the 1926 strike he was unemployed for 9 years until he eventually got a job with the local council. They lived in Lynn terrace and Gable terrace. Good luck with your research
LYNNE COOK nee Patterson <>
Sheffield, UK England - Thursday, May 04, 2000 at 07:17:09 (PDT)

Well done David, very interesting site
Joe Patterson <>
Wheatley Hill UK, - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 17:10:46 (PDT)

Well done David, very interesting site
Joe Patterson <>
USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 17:07:54 (PDT)

Many thanks once more. A very interesting site. So much to take in, will be back soon. Help! My brother is still living in W.H. but alas not on the NET. He is searching for information on the family HASTINGS circa 1900. Any ideas? Thaks in anticipation, JR
John Ryan <johnvonryan>
UK - Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 15:37:25 (PDT)

I am the son of Jack & Maisie Robson who lived in Gowland Terrace in the 1950s and 60s, leaving when the pit closed (Dad was the electrical engineer). My parents are still OK and living in Murton, Co. Durham. I was 10 when we left, and its sad to go back now and see no sign of the street where I lived and have childhood memories - so thanks for the site and keep up the good work
ian robson <>
Gateshead, USA - Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 14:40:12 (PDT)

Hellow from New Zealand. My name is Don Armstrong and I was born in Wheatley Hill, as were my parents Arthur & Allie Armstrong. My mother was born Alice Mary Prentice, and the William Prentice mentioned in the Wheatley Hill history section was her brother. If anyone out there has any information or stories relating to my parents, other family, or grandparents, I would love to here from you. I am just commencing research into my family tree so any info would be appreciated.
Don Armstrong <>
Waiuku, New Zealand - Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 01:05:29 (PDT)

Working through the content of your very interesting web pages a number of questions and recollections spring to mind. 1. From your brief chronological history and the year 1480. Does anyone know whether there are any visible remains of the dyke between Wheatley Hill and Thornley? 2. 1902 Peter Lee as checkweighman. Reading this reminds me of another highly respected resident of the village who also became checkweighman. Jack Harrison lived, I think, in Burns Street; it’s the street across from the cemetery. He had close links with the Church Street Methodist church where he hosted a young people’s fellowship on Sunday evenings. His son, Ted, entered the Methodist ministry. I think it must have been after the closure of the colliery that he left Wheatley Hill, going to Peterlee as the warden of the community association. Schools’ football has a trophy for the Harrison Cup, which is associated with Jack. 3. References to the construction of the road to Thornley, avoiding the need to go via the Halfway House, now the Crossways, brings to mind another interesting connection. I’m fairly certain that the meeting at which it was decided to form the Durham Miners’ Association took place at the Halfway House. Also that their first ‘Big Meeting’ took place on the field beside it. I don’t know whether this was a greyhound track at that time, or whether it came later. Supposedly these are the reasons why Thornley Colliery banner always appeared on the No. 1 platform at the galas. That’s enough to be going on with.
Donald Miller <>
- Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at 14:01:49 (PDT)

Just found site with a url search on AltaVista. Will read more carefully and comment fully later. Recognised many names I knew from my early years in Thornley.
Donald Miller <>
UK USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at 23:28:01 (PDT)

The website is excellent.
Jennifer Orton <>
Wheatley Hill, Co. Durham - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 12:09:04 (PDT)

Site looks very interesting, i will have to return to download copies of the High Street photo's for my 83 yrs young mum. Keep up the good work. Ps anything on Shotton?
John Ryan <>
- Tuesday, April 04, 2000 at 17:05:40 (PDT)

We are the five very proud daughters of Bartholomew (Bert)the local bookmaker and Margaret Carr,- our names Janice,Denise, Stephanie, Adele, Anthea. The grandchildren names are Jemma, Sophie, Yasmin, Bianca, Ryan, Jessica, Luke and last but not least Meagan!! Congratulations to the local history website we have just visited!! The very proud son-in-laws being, David, Ian, Tom, David, and once again last but not least Craig!!
The Carr Sisters <>
Wheatley Hill - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 16:41:28 (PST)

Well done to the history club. I to lived in Wheatley Hill from 1957~1981. Dad still gets in the club!!
Tom Hagan <>
Trimdon Grange, - Friday, March 31, 2000 at 13:35:01 (PST)

Barry Wood told me about this site and I have been thrilled with it. It has taken me awhile to get into, as I am quite a novice when it comes to the Internet. My grandfather, Joseph Wood was born in Wheatly Hill in 1875 to Martin Wood and Alice Ann Booth. They then immigrated to America, and are found on the 1880 Census in Houtzdale, Tioga, Co. Pennsylvania. The Thomas Booth mentioned in the journal of Thomas Russell is probably a brother to Martin Wood's wife, as he & his family are found living with them in Pennsylvania. Thank you so much for this web site!
Marilyn Wood Madsen < >
Provo, UT USA - Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 20:51:41 (PST)

Thanks to Margaret Hedley for advising about the journal. I may have found what happened to James WOOd an ancestor of mine.I also have some connections to Wheatley Hill through a Martin Wood and a family of Booths. When I get the info together will submit them
Barry <>
Edmondsley, UK - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 04:48:11 (PST)

Really enjoyed my visit. This is a great source of inromation. Well done. Regards, Bill.
Bill Riley <>
Notts., England - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 03:48:23 (PST)

great website - I am researching my family tree and would love to speak to anyone in Wheatley Hill who may remember my grandma gladys leah brown born 1912 in anne st moved to 9 gable tce in 1926 left wheatley hill 1937
janette russon <>
spennymoor, england - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 14:04:08 (PST)

Well done Dave, and The History Club, Well worth viewing
Bill Burrell <>
USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 06:04:55 (PST)

This being my first time into this web sight, it was great to see at least one name I recognised, living in Canada. The sight has great potential.
ian lowther <>
durham, england - Sunday, February 06, 2000 at 12:08:14 (PST)

Nice to see that Wheatley Hill, where I spent my first 20 years, has now gone electronic - see if you can get the workingmens club online!! How about a live webcam of the front street.
David Tempest <>
Reading, UK - Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 08:29:19 (PST)

Left the village in 1967 and seeing this site brings a lump to the throat. Will be keeping an eye on it in the future.
John Carr <>
- Sunday, January 23, 2000 at 14:56:13 (PST)

Left the village in 1967 and seeing this site brings a lump to the throat. Will be keeping an eye on it in the future.
John Carr <>
USA - Sunday, January 23, 2000 at 14:54:24 (PST)

What a great site. My grandmother was born there 5 June 1869, Jane of Leonard Harrison (a Master Sinker)and Ellen nee Bewick. Wish there were more sites like this. Thank You, and Congratulations to all responsible.
George Graham <>
Tulsa, OK USA - Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 10:01:02 (PST)

Thanks and Good Luck to all who worked to put this site together. Dave Cook put me in touch and I had a great time browsing and remembering. All the best. Bob
Bob Ryan <>
Lancaster, MA USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2000 at 19:32:05 (PST)

Having lived in Wheatley Hill for the first two years of my life, I am pleased to see there is a website. I have been tracing my family tree, especially the Hutchinsons and Williams family. Living in Kent now but will be up to visit parents in Peterlee at Xmas. Regards David
David Blanchard <>
USA - Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 04:28:57 (PST)

What a pleasant surprise to see my old home village on the web! Its a really interesting site and I'm looking forward to visiting the site regularly to watch for additions. Congratulations to all those who have invested time and energy in producing the site.
Colin Butterfield <>
Victoria, BC Canada - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 12:05:19 (PST)

and truly on the local and family history map!
Margaret Hedley <>
Durham, England- Monday, November 29, 1999 at 13:03:05 (PST)

This is a great website. Very informative. I wish every village in NE England had a website like this. Well done!
Judi Lee <>
Calgary, Alberta Canada - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 17:46:57 (PST)

Stanley Longley gave me details of your Web-site and I'm glad he did. Like Stanley, I'm researching my wife's relations who were from Wheatley Hill (the Watson's and Poole's) - the information available will keep me busy!
Russell Stevenson <>
USA - Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at 04:22:39 (PST)

Well done on an history of a Typical Durham village My mother Mary Miller was born there and I spent many happy holidays visiting all my relations many of whom still live there
Stanley Longley <>
Doncaster, Yorkshire England - Monday, November 22, 1999 at 11:48:15 (PST)

Delighted to have access, and congratulations on undertaking the work. Wish you continued support and fruitful contacts. - warm regards
Vernon Cunningham <>
Longwick, Bucks, UK UK - Monday, November 22, 1999 at 07:13:15 (PST)

Bill Peters <>
Wheatley Hill, UK - Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 11:26:12 (PST)