Does Anyone Remember The Ritchings Family From Hillcrest Road

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Hi, I have just discovered that my grandpa and his family lived at 11 Hillcrest road in 1938 and I wondered whether anyone remembered them? I know its a long shot but you never know! The family were called Ritchings. Roy would have been 15 years old and he had 2 younger sisters, Florence and betty. Their dad was Albert. Stepmum Lillian née Heaton and stepsister constance. If anyone remembers them I would love to hear from them Thanks in advance Jen

Queensbury History submitted by Maureen Hardcastle (née Ruthven)

I had Mrs Darke as my teacher at Queensbury Infants’ School when it was in Chapel Lane, in the mid 1940s. I seem to recall that another of Mrs Darke’s sons (Malcolm, I think) was in my class too for I used to wonder what it would be like to have your Mam as your school teacher. The only other teacher I remember was the headmistress, Mrs Thomas. I do however have a clear memory of the school itself, its cloakroom – in winter, full of wet coats, gloves, girls’ ‘pixie’ hoods, boys’ balaclavas, and ‘wellies’; the classrooms – especially one big one divided into two with a folding partition; and the playground (adjacent to a graveyard) with its outside toilets. I recall learning to read and write (several lines of my exercise book taken up with strings of the letter O (starting at top right and going anti-clockwise – as I still do!). I remember too, the wall charts where we recorded the weather; learning to knit (a floor cloth – or was it a dish cloth?) from a ball of string – full of holes, whichever;  learning the sol-fah music scale with the teacher indicating different notes by hand signals (I never did get that!).  Still, 70 years on and at a distance of some 12000 miles – QIS left a lasting, happy impression.

Queensbury from the Mill Chimney – Courtesy of David Greenwood

Do you know anyone who came from Medomsley, Consett, Co Durham

Hi Stuart
Jim came to the village last Thursday & met Sheila & Geoff Thornton. He wanted to know if there was any one still living in the village that came from the cottage homes in Medomsley, that either worked in the mill or lived in the hostels’ run by Fosters.


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Submitted on 2014/04/13 at 11:03 pm

Dear Sir My father Jimmy Clarke was employed at Black Dyke Mill between 1947 – 48.He was sent to the Mill from the cottage home in Medomsley Consett Co.Durham.During that time he joined the band and made friends with. Allen Woodhead and Jeffery Thornton.My father is 82 years of age and is planning a visit to Queensbury is it possible to ask if anyone knows if these gentlemen are still living in the area.It would be great for my dad to meet up on his visit. Kindest regards Phillip Clarke.


Submitted on 2014/04/13 at 11:31 pm | In reply to Phillip Clarke.


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Submitted on 2014/04/14 at 6:38 pm | In reply to admin.

Many thanks Stuart for your speedy reply




Submitted on 2014/04/16 at 10:42 am | In reply to Phillip Clarke.


Message received via Facebook:

From Paul Armstrong, Jeffery Thornton is living next to me on Littlemoor. Queensbury

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