Chester-le-Street in old picture postcards volume 2

Chester-le-Street in old picture postcards volume 2

:   Gavin John Purdon
:   Durham
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5487-1
:   80
:   EUR 16.95 Including VAT *

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Fragments from the book 'Chester-le-Street in old picture postcards volume 2'

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69. The pub with the pecuhar name of 'The Warriors' Arms' must have had travelIers passing through the District wondering about its origins. It was ten-to-one that they never found out what lay behind it, but ifyou know where to look you can stilI find the original warriors that the pub's name celebrated. The 'Lumley Warriors', or the Aisle of Tombs to give them their Sunday name, lies along the north wall of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert's Church in Chester-le-Street. Like all good tourists Sepp and Jossy popped in to have a good look at the statue too. Barely seeing their long swords and knights' heImets in the dim light of the church and speculating about who they were and what they were doing there, Jossy reckoned that as each one had a 'leather cap' and a 'walking stick', then they must all be colliery managers and for a moment Sepp almost believed hirn.

70. Here's the farnous old Chester-Ie-Street custom of holding a Shrove Tuesday soccer match in full swing. Sometimes the balI would disappear bringing the game to an abrupt end. Being part of the local folklore, the match of ten came up in conversations. Sepp remembered the time that Jossy was having his bait down the pit. It was off pay week and the pantry at home was getting a bit empty. All there was left for Jossy's bait was an old stale tea cake. Jossy took one bi te out it and declared: 'Whey lad ah've found the Shrove Tuesda' football.'

71. The 'bottom of Chester' looking north up Newcastle Bank. This postcard was one of the Monarch Series, published by R. Johnston and Son of Gateshead.

72. The middle of the street. With such an array of goods it must have been difficult to go from the top to the bottom without emptying your pockets in the process. Local miners in days long before hobnailed safety boots were invented, wore pit shoes of thick leather. They bought them at Tyler's shoe shop on the right of the photo. Jossy never tired of telling Sepp how he was the min er with the coal piek over his shoulder, used as the Tyler trade mark. Whether th at was the truth or not is another matter.

73. A com man sight around the roads of Chester-Ie-Street District was the Dainty Dinah delivery van, packed with orders for the local sweet shops. Early driving conditions were primitive. With na windscreen wipers the screen had to be lowered when it rained and the drivers had to tough it out as best they could in goggles, gloves and flying heimet. When fuel was low and petrol stations nonexistant, a rescue party aften had to be sent out from the toffee factory to the stranded van, in the farm of a boy sent by train to the nearest railway station, travelling in the guard's van with a can of petrol on his knee.

74. The crowds are already starting to gather mid-morning for the Shrove Tuesday aftemaan football match. Preparations are underway to board up the plate glass windows of the Front Street shops.

75. Almost back again to the start of the bike ride. Wesley Terrace near the station approach, where Sepp and Jossy began their journey. Perhaps the two little girls are amused by the sight of two windswept and saddle-sore pitmen, both looking as though they had filled toa many coal tubs that shift.

76. No Edwardian outing would have been complete without filling out a postcard or two for your friends and family. Although men of many spoken but far fewer written words Sepp and Jossy are not on es to break with tradition entirely: 'Dear all, Had a grand day cycling around the district. Just the weather for it. Enjoyed every minute. Betterthan pit work! Regards, Sepp and Jossy.'

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