Memories of Halls & Castles
Removing The Confusion!
- Usworth House / Peareth Hall
- Usworth Hall
- North Biddick Hall / Cook's Hall
- Biddick Hall
- Lambton Castle
- Lumley Castle
- Haggis Hall
Usworth House / Peareth Hall
Usworth House - later, home of William Peareth Esq. Picture from a postcard, sending a Christmas greeting, dated 23 December 1905.
Usworth House / Peareth Hall
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 (1965) [Courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums]
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
Joseph Cook's Home - North Biddick Hall (early 1890s)
Joseph Cook's Home - North Biddick Hall. Some years later, an extension!
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 - Seat of the Lambton Family
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 - 1930
Lambton Castle - West Front
Photograph taken by renowned photographer, Francis Frith
Map showing the location of Lambton Castle - 2011
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.
England clinching The Ashes in the 4th Test at Durham County Cricket Club's Riverside Ground - 2013.
[Photograph posted by Daily Mail]
Map showing the relative positions of Lumley Castle and Lambton Castle - 2011
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 was not a prestigious residence. In 1881 it housed the family of Joseph Appleby, a local coal miner.
1888-1913 Map: Haggis Hall's location relative to St. George's Church, Fatfield School, Biddick Lane, Worm Hill, Fatfield Bridge etc.
The Family of Joseph Appleby - Extract from 1881 Census