Memories of Washington
Then & Now Collection (1 of 6)
- Usworth Colliery
- St. Michael's / Pawson's
- Usworth Welfare Hall
- Stile Inn & Top Club
- Front St - Pillar Box
- Front St / Victoria Rd
Usworth Colliery / Waterloo Road
Usworth Colliery closed in August 1974. Sulgrave Road (right) connects Waterloo Road to Usworth Station.
Sulgrave Road has been extended to the left and Waterloo Road is blocked at this 'T' junction
[ Photos: J.G. 10th Jan 2017 ]
Cornwallis: once the road to Mrs Ward's Post Office.
[ Former site of Brickyard, 23rd Jan 2017 ]
Trafalgar Road: opposite Cornwallis.
[ Former site of Old Row, 10th Jan 2017 ]
Usworth Brickyard: site of the future Cornwallis.
[ The road to the Post Office was off-picture, left. ]
Old Row: site of the future Trafalgar Road.
[ At the crossroads with the P.O. road: the way into Usworth Green. ]
Usworth Brickyard, Usworth Colliery & Old Row, May 1965
Waterloo Road runs between the kilns and Old Row.
[ Courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums ]
The original route of Waterloo Road, circa 1965
[ Sulgrave Road did not exist. ]
Saint Michael And All Angels Church, Usworth
The Mission Church, later Saint Michael's. The junction of Edith Avenue, Manor Road and Waterloo Road.
A wooden 'Church Hut' stood within those gates in the 1950s. This is where the local Cub Scouts met, me included.
Saint Michael And All Angels Church, Sulgrave. [ May 2014 ]
Pawson's Dress Factory (which once stood diagnally opposite St. Michael's Church)
Pawson's Factory employed lots of women & girls in buildings that once housed the original Usworth School and a Methodist Church.
Note one of Usworth Colliery Pit Heaps on the right horizon and glimpses of Railway Terrace and Usworth Green 'Prefabs'.
Waterloo Road and 'the new' Marlborough Road. Manor Road is off-picture, left. The road up Edith Avenue no longer exists!
[ Photo: J.G. 28th Feb 2017 ]
Pawson's Factory on Waterloo Road. Sewing machines behind glass.
Allegedly, the girls had to work long & hard for their wages!
Route of the former road from St. Michael's, up Edith Avenue, to Usworth Station Rd.
[ Thanks to Google Earth. ]
Edith Avenue: St. Michael's Church and Pawson's Factory are at the bottom of the bank.
[ That's Usworth Colliery in the distance. ]
This brings back memories of Brag games in my mate Fernie's front room at 44, Edith Avenue. "Am gannin a tanner, blind!"
Usworth Colliery Miners' Welfare Hall - Manor Road
... just east of Northumberland Way bridge.
Usworth Colliery Miners' Welfare Hall
There was a billiard / snooker room upstairs. It overlooked Manor Road and The Parkie's house. Anyone remember which windows?
I went home for lunch, travelling from Usworth Juniors to Don Gardens via the path between that fence and the Welfare Hall.
Remember the out-door, one-man, gents' urinal behind the Hall? It was close to the path ... with no privacy whatsoever!
Later, there was a Scout Hut positioned very close to where the haystack stands.
The former site of Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall showing its proximity to Usworth Colliery Mixed School
[ Photo: J.G. 19th Jan 2017 ]
Wefare Hall & Usworth Colliery Mixed School
Usworth Lodge Banner outside the Welfare Hall
Welfare Hall - adjacent to the Senior School playground
[ 1951 ]
Northumberland Way - passing the empty site
[ 2000 ]
Stile Inn & Top Club - Usworth Station Road
Stile Inn Regulars. Compare the pub sign shape, entrance roof and the window sills & lintels with those in the following image.
The Original Usworth Working Men's Club with Elliot Terrace beyond. The Stile Inn with Woodland Terrace, beyond.
Many Years Later: Usworth Working Men's Club and Stile Inn. New by-pass road to Usworth Station.
[ Note the C.I.U. sign - Club & Institute Union ]
The Old Top Club is gone and the Stile Inn site is a car park. Woodland Terrace gable-end replaces that of the Stile Inn.
Usworth Station Road is blocked, just beyond the trees, by Northumberland Way.
[ Photo: J.G. 22nd Dec 2016 ]
Top Club Demolition - 1970
Stile Inn Demolition - 2001
Lots of old pub pictures at: Pub Crawl
The Pillar Box on Front Street
Front Street, New Washington - Lots of customers at the Post Office - Photo by Francis Frith
Front Street, Concord - No Post Office!
[ Photo: J.G. 10th Jan 2017 ]
Victoria Road viewed from Front Street
Can you recall the Pubs & Shops of your youth whose buildings feature in this picture?
Some have changed their names; some are long gone e.g. Den-Lea Electricals.
[ 1960: My first record player came from Den-Lea's. Hint: Compare the roof guttering. ]
[ Photo: J.G. 28th Dec 2016 ]
Front Street & Victoria Road