Washington County Durham


Memories of  Washington

Then & Now  -  Miscellaneous Collection (5 of 6)

Cox Green Footbridge  (Installed 1958)

... looking North across the River Wear.

Then Picture

L/R: Valerie Cook, Ann Thompson & Ann's baby sister, Janice.   Victoria Viaduct is upstream to the left.
Blast Row is above the bridge and the Chemical Works spoil heap is above the white house.


Now Picture

[ Photo: J.G. 3rd September 2017 ]


Chemical Works 1
View from upstream on the south bank of the River Wear.

Chemical Works 2
View from the high ground, south of Cox Green village.


Now Picture

A Sunderland Historian's view of the River Wear and the Village of Cox Green in 1891.
This contrasts starkly with the view expressed in the much earlier song.
Without the copperas and the Chemical Works waste,
Cox Green is once again 'a bonny place'.

[ Book extract from Keith Cockerill.  Photo supplied by Sunderland Antiquarian Society to Sunderland Echo. ]

I had hoped to take 'NOW' pictures of the smaller 'THEN' scenes, but the trees were high, wide and all over the place!   I'm not complaining, though; I love trees.


Royal William Public House

... in Coxgreen Village.

Then Picture
The Royal William was situated on the south bank of the River Wear, at the western end of Coxgreen Village.

[ Photo supplied by Keith Cockerill ]


Now Picture
A Private Residence

[ Photographer: Keith Cockerill ]


Between Then & Now Picture
Between THEN & NOW
The private residence on the left is the former Royal William public house at Coxgreen.
The young ladies are a couple of minutes walk from the Oddfellows Arms.
The Earl of Durham is on the right.   Note the paddle steamer.
Alice Well is just behind the lady with the pushchair.

[ Photo posted by Christine Scott ]


View From Penshaw Hill

... looking North.

Then Picture
Cox Green Station, Road down to River Wear, Washington Chemical Works, Empty Fields & Washington 'F' Pit Heap

[ The River Wear, hidden in the trees, runs horizontally, mid-picture. ]


Now Picture
Please use the road leading from the former Cox Green Station, down to Cox Green Village & River Wear, as your marker.

[ Photo: J.G. 7th March 2017 ]

•   •   ◊   •   •

That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

( Juliet )

Now Station Road Signs
Temporary, 'Old but Refurbished' & Very Old:  Road Signs at former Cox Green Station.
The Old Sign reads Coxgreen, not the modern name of Cox Green.
Maps; River Wear (1737) describes it as Cock's Green.

[ Photo: J.G. 7th March 2017 ]


Very Old Road Marker
Pensher View (Terrace in Usworth),  New Painshaw & Painshaw Station (Maps: Washington, 1888-1913),  New Penshaw (Current Name).

[ Photographed and supplied by Keith Cockerill, 3rd March 2017 ]


View From Sheddon's Hill

... looking North.

Then Picture
Eighton Banks as seen from the lower, north side of Sheddon's Hill.   Bowes Railway Level Crossing, centre-picture.
Blackim Hill Engine House chimney is on the horizon.   Mount Moor Colliery was off-picture, left.

[ Ordnance Survey maps spell it as Sheddon's Hill but, as kids, we always pronounced it Shay-dun's Hill.]


Now Picture
[ Photo: J.G. 18th May 2017 ]


Mount Moor Colliery
Blackfell Hauler & Mount Moor Colliery
[ Photograph by David Kitching ]

Sheddon's Hill
Sheddon's Hill & Blackfell Hauler
[ The Mill House Hotel & Washington are beyond the hill. ]


Sheddon's Hill & Eighton Banks
[ OS Map: 1888 - 1913 ]

Mount Moor Colliery (aka Vale Pit) is described as disused on the above map.
Durham Mining Museum list it as opening before 1826 and closing in May 1931.
Maybe the original mine was abandoned, then reopened some years later.