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Worm Hill Terrace

Worm Hill Terrace
THEN
Worm Hill Terrace leading down to Fatfield Bridge.   Worm Hill on the right-hand side.

 

Now Picture
NOW
More horsepower, lots of satellite dishes and one significant change which occurred in the 1940s.
The metal railings were removed to assist the war effort - ostensibly to make weapons!

[ Photo: J.G. 10th Nov 2017 ]

 

Fatfield Bridge
THEN
Worm Hill, Biddick Inn & Fatfield Bridge

[ Pre-1922.  No Memorial on Worm Hill! ]

Fatfield Bridge
THEN
Fatfield Bridge & Worm Hill Terrace

[ 1915 ]

 

View from Worm Hill
THEN
Bottom of Worm Hill Terrace as seen from Worm Hill

[ Note North Biddick Colliery Pit Heap. ]

 

Biddick Inn

... looking upstream from the north-side of Fatfield Bridge.

Biddick Inn - Then.
THEN
Biddick Inn at the entrance to Bonemill Lane

 

Now Picture
NOW
The Taxi Office and Harraton War Memorial are the only structures standing between Biddick Inn and the Old Co-op Building.

[ Photo: J.G. 5th April 2017 ]

 

Biddick Inn - Then.
THEN
Harraton miner William Hughes passing a snowy Biddick Inn.

 

Fatfield Bridge & Biddick Inn
THEN
Biddick Inn, Worm Hill & Fatfield Bridge

( View from south of the river. )

Fatfield Bridge & Biddick Inn
THEN
Biddick Inn, Fatfield Bridge & Gem Cinema, seen from Worm Hill.

( The Gem is just above Fatfield Bridge. )

 

Lots of old pub pictures at:  Pub Crawl

 

Junction:  Bonemill Lane / Biddick Lane

... looking North-West.

Then Picture
THEN
Harraton Community Centre - formerly Harraton Miners' Welfare Hall.   Saint George's Church.   Fatfield School.
Bonemill Lane passes the old school buildings before curving left towards Harraton Colliery.

 

Now Picture
NOW
Bonemill Lane curves left immediately after Biddick Lane and goes under the Washington Highway.
Note the parked cars on the old route, where houses have replaced Fatfield School.
The spire of Saint George's Church is just visible above the trees.

[ Photo: J.G. 18th Oct 2017 ]

 

Then 2
Then 2
Bonemill Lane & Biddick Lane

Then 3
Then 3
St. George's Church - Harraton Wagonway - Fatfield School

 

Map
Bonemill Lane / Biddick Lane Junction
[ OS Map: 1888 - 1913 ]

Overhead View
The new route of Bonemill Lane: south of Saint George's Church to Harraton Community Centre.
Part of the old route: the cul-de-sac, in the trees, below Saint George's churchyard.

[ Thanks to Google Earth ]

 

Washington Galleries Bus Station

Galleries Bus Station - Then.
THEN
The Cold & Draughty Bus Shelter
Woolco: top-right

 

Now Picture
NOW
View from the overhead walkway near Durham House
Escalator up: left.  Steps up: right.

[ Photo: J.G. 27th December 2017 ]

 

Galleries Bus Station - Then.
THEN
The original concrete steps, from The Galleries main entrance and Woolco Superstore, to the Bus Station & car parks

 

Galleries Bus Station / Woolco - Then.
THEN
Steps down to The Galleries Bus Station.   Woolco Superstore

 

Washington Galleries Bus Station

Don't scroll down the page yet!

Galleries Cycle Race - Then.
THEN
Where's the Bus Station?
Before looking at any more pictures, can you identify the exact location of these cyclists, in relation to the Bus Station?
Is the starting line inside the Bus Station area or is it to the north or south of the Bus Station?
Which way are they heading?  North towards Concord, or South towards Fatfield?

[ It took me ages to figure this out!  All will be revealed in the next two images.]

 

Now Picture
NOW
Note the walkway pillars, the pattern of the fencing, the curved street lamp and the 'no-entry' sign.
The outdoor escalator has been removed and its replacement is on the other side
of the walkway, where it leads directly into the new Bus Station.

[ Photo: J.G. 27th December 2017 ]

 

Then Map
THEN
Oxclose Village (under construction), Washington Highway, Car Parks, Durham House and Washington Galleries Bus Station.
On the Durham House side, the Outside Escalator and Concrete Steps lead down and away from the Bus Station.
From the road/walkway on the Woolco side, the Concrete Steps lead down into the Bus Station.

 

South Approach To Washington Galleries Bus Station

Road to Galleries Bus Station - Then.
THEN
Left to Car Parks.  Ahead to Bus Station.   Right to Washington Highway, Oxclose and Lambton.

[  Traffic lights here now. ]

 

Aerial View
SOME YEARS LATER
Aerial View showing The Galleries and its Bus Station

[ Note the road junction shown in the top image. ]

 

Google Earth Picture
NOW
Google Earth

[ 2018 ]

 

View From Sheddon's Hill

... looking North.

Then Picture
THEN
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-don's Hill.]

 

Now Picture
NOW
[ 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. ]

 

Map
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.