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Usworth House / Peareth Hall

Peareth Hall 1
Usworth House - later, home of William Peareth Esq.   Picture from a postcard, sending a Christmas greeting, dated 23 December 1905.

Peareth Hall 2
Usworth House / Peareth Hall

Map of Usworth House
Map showing the location of Usworth House

Quotation - source unknown: "Usworth House, a handsome stone building, of regular architecture, in an open commanding situation, with an extensive prospect to the South and East. The mansion is sheltered by a fine grove on the North and West, and the grounds are scattered over with lofty flourishing evergreens, yew, cypress, and Lusitanian laurel."

The A194(M) Tyne Tunnel / South Shields road now runs under the road between Holy Trinity and the former entrance to Usworth House grounds.   (Please click the thumbnail to take a closer look.)

These maps were made available by former Havannah Bank man, Michael Elund.   Many thanks, Mike.

 

Usworth Hall

Usworth Hall
Usworth Hall (1965)    [Courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums]

Map of Usworth Hall
Map showing the location of Usworth Hall - c.1950s

In the 1960s, Usworth Hall was the National Coal Board, North East Area, 'A' Group Headquarters.   The collieries under its control were: Washington 'F', Washington Glebe, Usworth & Wardley/Follingsby.  Pit Ponies roamed freely in its grounds - known locally as The Plantation.

Later, during the development of Washington New Town, Usworth Hall became the headquarters of the Washington Development Corporation.

 

North Biddick Hall / Cook's Hall

Cook's Hall
Joseph Cook's Home - North Biddick Hall (early 1890s)

Cook's Hall
Joseph Cook's Home - North Biddick Hall.   Some years later, an extension!

Map of Cook's Hall
Map showing the location of Cook's Hall

North Biddick Hall, known locally as Cook's Hall, was the home of Joseph Cook, founder of Washington Ironworks.  It was demolished in 1966.

Oxclose Burn flows south through Princess Anne Park.  Oxclose Dene was close to the map's top-left corner.  The Parade, Poplars & Gables are just below the words Fatfield Road.  Biddick Academy is above 'Clay Pit' and Saint Robert's School is off-picture, bottom-centre.

 

Biddick Hall

Biddick Hall
Biddick Hall - Seat of the Lambton Family

Map of Biddick Hall & Cook's Hall
Map showing the relative locations of Biddick Hall (The Lambton Family) & North Biddick Hall (Joseph Cook's Hall)

[ Bottom Left: The site of A1M Junction No.63 at Chester-le-Street. ]

 

Lambton Castle

Lambton Castle
Lambton Castle - 1930

Lambton Castle
Lambton Castle - West Front

Lambton Castle - Frith
Photograph taken by renowned photographer, Francis Frith

Map of Lambton Castle
Map showing the location of Lambton Castle - 2011

Overhead view of Lambton Castle
Overhead view of Lambton Castle - 2008.  [Courtesy of Google Earth]

N.B. To the best of my knowledge, what remains of Lambton Castle is not open to the general public, nor can it be seen from public areas.

 

Lumley Castle

Lumley Castle
England clinching The Ashes in the 4th Test at Durham County Cricket Club's Riverside Ground - 2013.
[Photograph posted by Daily Mail]

Map of Lambton and Lumley Castles
Map showing the relative positions of Lumley Castle and Lambton Castle - 2011

Overhead view of Lumley Castle
Overhead view of Lumley Castle (Hotel) - 2008.  [Courtesy of Google Earth]

Top Picture: Note Saint George's Flag flying proudly on the Lumley Castle battlements.

 

Haggis Hall

Haggis Hall
Haggis Hall was not a prestigious residence.  In 1881 it housed the family of Joseph Appleby, a local coal miner.

Map of Haggis hall
1888-1913 Map: Haggis Hall's location relative to St. George's Church, Fatfield School, Biddick Lane, Worm Hill, Fatfield Bridge etc.

Extract from 1881 census
The Family of Joseph Appleby - Extract from 1881 Census