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Old 11th Dec 2015, 07:13
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Morning all.
Looks like I'm in the better half of the UK weather today.
Clear at present and +6C. Forecast good.

Having a peek back at your ancestors through the mists of time is very
interesting, particularly trying to work out why they perhaps moved to a different address.
Sometimes it's to accommodate a growing family, sometimes a status
move as they progress and quite often as in my father's family's case just following the work as iron and steel mills closed or opened.

Nice photos G-CPTN.

Have I mentioned it's FRIDAY
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 07:26
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Morning peeps, tiz indeed Friday, must be the most popular day of the week because it used to be the day historically you got that wee brown packet of dosh in exchange for your weeks graft,everyone went about their days toil whistling onna Friday.
The pay packet gradually changed to a pay slip we got on a Wednesday if I remember correctly, no cash changed hands and it was never the same.
Faint glimmer of light on the Western horizon.
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 10:44
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Bright sunshine here now which is good,me splendidly tatty potterin about trousers are covered in silver sparkle wi fillin in daft chrissy cards,neighborhood wimin folk will point a em and titter as opposed to averting their eyes which they normally do upon sight of the Draper pottering about apparel.
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 10:58
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 13:23
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For the Admiral:-
Chalets 1

Chalets 2

Chalets 3

Chalets 4

The result of the 5th December flooding at Ovingham.
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 13:40
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The bungalo me uncle had was on top of a hill and I dont think it was as posh as those one are or rather were, but I was only three of four years old when we used to holiday there so I only have vague recollections of Ovingham.
They should really get their fingers out and do something serious about these floods they are no longer once every hundred year events
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 13:44
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You used to be able to see the ones 'up the hill' from the A69, but I haven't seen them for years.

Here they are:- Ovington - not Ovingham.
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 22:43
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Good day all. A break today yeeaaaah. Cold and wet here. The rain is a blessing because of the drought.
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Old 12th Dec 2015, 00:35
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I see that we have no fewer than FOUR phantom pages, whatever is going on?
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Old 12th Dec 2015, 07:15
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morning peeps, still black as the hobs of hell here so no idea what the weather is like, the paths look dry though.
Clever stuff, very clever stuff.

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Old 12th Dec 2015, 09:15
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I can tell you that the weather here is wet.
Very wet.
in fact, very, very wet.

I can't see much getting done today apart from grumbling about the wetness.

The postie has just delivered the great-grandparents marriage certificate.
Another couple of Benwell residents. Groom's father another miner and bride's father
an iron worker.
Another piece in the puzzle fits.

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Old 12th Dec 2015, 12:18
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I'm feeling slightly sad.

A few days ago I lost my (cheap) reading spectacles in the village.

I went looking for them, retracing my steps, but failed to find them.

Today I found them - totally crushed and smashed to pieces.

At least I can stop looking for them - but how come I didn't find them when I went out looking?
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Old 12th Dec 2015, 12:26
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For Handsfree.

miner
Benwell Colliery was opened in 1766 and operated until 1938
From:- Benwell

See also:- Benwell Colliery

an iron worker
In 1847 the firm of W.G. Armstrong & Company bought 5.5 acres of land alongside the river at Elswick, near Newcastle, and began to build a factory there.
Easy walking distance from Benwell.

Of course, the colliery would also have needed iron workers.
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Old 12th Dec 2015, 16:17
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Snow here!!dont think it will lurk about very long though it's wet and slushy,pity I would prefer snow to the constant gales and bloody rain.
Bring back proper seasons I say.

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Old 12th Dec 2015, 16:41
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If you would be so kind can you keep that snow stuff up your way Mr D.
We have no need of such things down here.

Thanks for the info G-CPTN.
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Old 12th Dec 2015, 16:59
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This map shows the proliferation of collieries - now all gone!
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Old 12th Dec 2015, 18:30
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I found seven abandoned pits on that old OS Map within a mile of me, also four working pits within a couple of miles, yet Gateshead was not known as a mining town it was more know for engineering,of course those pits could have been abandoned a hundred years before that map was compiled,working Blaydon way once and we found a few places large depression in the ground scattered through some woods that were the remains of old Bell Pits from the 1600s
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Old 12th Dec 2015, 18:41
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shows the proliferation of collieries
Looking at the relative closeness of some of those mines, I wonder why they didn't join them up and use fewer mine shafts. Probably not as simple as it sounds, I suppose.
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Old 12th Dec 2015, 22:26
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Famous person from Benwell......

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Abel
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Old 13th Dec 2015, 08:08
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Morning peeps, as predicted most of the snow had buggad orf,still some lurking on the rooftops and on the mountains to the west.
Tyne frozen over at Hexham, dunno the year.
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