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Durham / Re: John Eltringham, Shield Row
« on: Friday 22 October 21 01:04 BST (UK)  »

Any information at all.  I am trying to build up a picture of all the pubs, inns, hotels and beerhouses in the area and the men and women who ran them.  His name cropped up in a press report I read today concerning a fine for out of hours opening but he is not on my list.  So I am looking for any clue that might help me to track him

Durham / John Eltringham, Shield Row
« on: Thursday 21 October 21 23:51 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone please give me any information on John Eltringham who was living in the Shield Row/Kip Hill area about 1850-1853.  He was fined at a court in Shotley Bridge for opening out of hours - so I assume he was a publican or a beerhouse keeper.  Many thanks.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Village of Dipton, Co Durham
« on: Tuesday 19 October 21 01:48 BST (UK)  »
Being a member of the Tanfield Association suggests that he had "scraped together" more than just a little!  They were all relatively well to do people with a vested interest in maintaining law and order.  They ranged from innkeepers (pub owners rather than managers), business men and land owners to coal owners and landed gentry.

Deep Dene (Dipton) is now bereft of most of its original housing and businesses and quite a bit of what is left of it is new build property.  Give me a little time and I will send you a map of the old area and a comparison map of the present area.

I will also check out what I can find on George Wright.

What is now the village of Dipton lies within the old parishes of both Tanfield and Lanchester.  In today's terms Tanfield is about 2 or 3 miles away and Lanchester is about 4 or 5 miles away.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Village of Dipton, Co Durham
« on: Monday 18 October 21 11:21 BST (UK)  »

Dipton is a relatively new village in historic terms.  It is a combination of the hamlets of Pontop, Collierley Dykes, Dipton and Hill Top.  These hamlets grew steadily until they eventually grew into each other and merged to become "The Lang Village" which took the name of Dipton.  The modern village of Dipton encompasses all of these hamlets but the village is actually centred on what was Collierley Dykes.

In the times you are talking about, the main sources of employment were agriculture and coal mining.  However the coal mining was mostly shallow mines and drift mines where there were outcrops of coal near the surface.

Moving on 25 years from that time, the deep mines started to appear and the main industry was mining but Dipton lay on a direct road from Newcastle to Consett where the new Iron Works attracted large numbers of itinerant workers from all over England and Ireland.  It became a sort of dormitory village for these people and grew rapidly.

In this one village there were no less than 17 pubs and two breweries and it became a rough place with regular fights between the English locals and Irish immigrants.

If you can give me specific names and dates I can try to locate them for you and give you a better picture of your ancestors.

Finally, one of the pubs - The Red Ox - was converted into two houses in the 1960s.  These two houses were named Red Ox House and Blackrigg and are still there.  One of the original occupants of these houses was a local photographer named Ian Pearson!

Durham Lookup Requests / Re: big task need help
« on: Saturday 09 October 21 20:22 BST (UK)  »

If you are still interested I can give you further details on the Medicis and a little bit on the Pescods

Durham / Re: Anthony Oates Anderson, Medomsley
« on: Wednesday 06 October 21 14:51 BST (UK)  »
Thank you Sapper696.  That is excellent information

Durham / Re: Teasdale family at Brooms, Leadgate
« on: Monday 06 September 21 11:30 BST (UK)  »

Thank you.  This looks very promising.

My research is into the family who owned the Jolly Drovers pub (and were probably also farmers).  The Robert Teasdale I mentioned was dead by the time of the 1841 Census but appeared to pop up again in 1852 and that was impossible!

His son, Robert, would have been 51 or 52 in 1852 and that is the period I am looking at.  The Robert you have found fits the bill very nicely as he had to be old enough to have a married daughter in 1852.  I had completely failed to find this Robert

Durham / Teasdale family at Brooms, Leadgate
« on: Monday 06 September 21 10:51 BST (UK)  »
Robert Teasdale married Elizabeth Fairbridge on 26 December 1790 at All Saints Church, Lanchester.  The registers for All Saints, Lanchester, record the baptism of an Eleanor Teasdale on the 2 February 1794 - Father shown as Robert Teasdale, Mother as Elizabeth Teasdale, residence 'Brooms'.  I  am trying to find out whether Robert and Elizabeth had any other children.  Can anyone help please?


It's a lovely pub now.  I just wish I could find a decent photo of it in the old days when it was known as the Matchbox because the bar was covered in matchboxes from all over the world.  That was in my younger days!

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