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Durham, Byers Green, High Street 1280

Durham, Byers Green, High Street

Durham, Byers Green, High Street 1280

Durham, Byers Green, Parish Church

Durham, Byers Green, High Street 1280

Durham, Byers Green, High Street

Old Photos of Byers Green in the County of Durham, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Old Photos of Byers Green in the County of Durham in England.

Durham, Byers Green, Bus Trip to Scotland in 1956

Durham, Byers Green, Bus Trip to Scotland in 1956.

The above image of people from Byers Green is kindly shared with us from the collection of Mr Trevor Storey.

The picture was taken on a bus trip to Scotland, as they were approaching Balloch. Trevor believes that the building in the background may be the Loch Lomond Hotel. The trip was one of numerous organised by Trevor's father Mr George Storey - using Shaws Bus - 'Bonny Heather'.

Others known in the photo are:-
Boy at front playing bagpipes - Trevor Storey
Tallest girl in white to the left of Trevor - Sally Stephenson
Girl with her eyes down - Valerie Coates (Trevor's cousin)
Boy to the left of Valerie - Billy Shaw (Trevor's friend)
Lady behind me and slightly to the right - Maggie Coates (Trevor's Aunt)
Lady to right of Maggie Coates in grey jacket with brooch - Edna Storey (Trevor's Mother)
Man looking out of bus door - Billy Shaw Senior (the driver for the holiday)
Lady directly beneath RH edge of door - Mabel Shaw
Man at the back in the centre (with hair parting) - George Storey (Trevor's Father)
Man in back row second from left - Jack Lynn
Man middle row second from left (open necked shirt) - Alan Todd

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Durham, Byers Green United - winners of the Auckland Nursing Cup 1919-20

Durham, Byers Green United - winners of the Auckland Nursing Cup 1919-20

Durham, Byers Green Football Team, Cup Winners 1942-43-

Durham, Byers Green Football Team, Cup Winners 1942-43. - Another Byers Green Football Cup Winners picture, this time 1942 - 43. The only person identified at this stage is 'George Storey' at the back LHS with the parting. Some villagers upon viewing this picture might be able to name other players - if they can let Valerie Cummings in the village know it would be warmly appreciated.

This picture is of Joe Coates - commonly known as 'Coatie' and an excellent gardener. He always had time for the bairns and this photo of him making pot pie ladies for us on the Sunday School Trip well illustrates such.

This picture is of Joe Coates - commonly known as 'Coatie' and an excellent gardener. He always had time for the bairns and this photo of him making pot pie ladies for us on the Sunday School Trip well illustrates such.
Joe's first ever job is interesting to reflect on. In the early days (before Robinson's lorries did the job) coal was horse drawn from Brancepeth Colliery to Byers Green. It was a simple enough job - that is until the poor old horse had to pull the cart up the long and very steep Jubilee Bank.
This is where Joe came in. He was stationed at the bottom of the hill and was in charge of a very powerful gallower which would be linked up in front of the horse that was pulling the cart. Together the horses could manage to drag the heavy load up the hill.
Upon successfully getting the load to the top Joe and his gallower would un-hitch and then return to the bottom to wait for the next cart to come along.
The process was called 'tracing' with Joe's horse being the 'tracer'

Durham, Byers Green, Gladys and Lesley Waters in the Lakes in 1950

Durham, Byers Green, Gladys and Lesley Waters in the Lakes in 1950 - Lesley probably had the most important job in Byers Green.
Long before people had flush toilets, Lesley, along with Bobby Rhodes, would clear out the earth closets using a shovel. As flush toilets became the 'in thing' then Lesley and Bobby changed to emptying those new fangled dustbins.
They used a horse drawn cart and always were seen with smiles on their faces. They were incredible much loved characters, the friends of everyone in the village and did their job with never a moan.

The above images of Byers Green are again courtesy of Mr. Trevor Storey.

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