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Message 583 - Syl Bennett | sylviab~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi my sister and I came up in June and we have since found family members.We will be back at the end of August and we will be visiting Christ Church to look for relatives related to our mam, hopefully by the name of reveley.Just love Seaham wish I could find where Australia street was were I was born.I did find it on a map many years ago but not had any luck of late.If anybody has any idea I would be grateful.
12 /August /2014----23 :01 :42 - ashton in makerfield

Message 582 - John Tennant | John~AT~johntennant~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I am hoping this message reaches David Angus.

An acquaintance recently showed me part of his collection of approximately 250 glass negatives, dating from the early twentieth century and taken by his paternal great uncle (Nicholson). They are almost all in very good condition, although a few are slightly foxed at the edges. We have no way of making plosives from these negs. I have not discussed with my friend what he intends to do with these artefacts but I know he would like to make a few prints for himself.

Would your site be interested in scanning this material. I think he might be persuaded for you to make whatever use you thought in return. He also has another couple of hundred negs still with his Mother. And two beautiful plate cameras.

With regards,

John Tennant
25 /July /2014----12 :51 :46 - Saffron Walden

Message 581 - Syl Bennett | sylviab~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Message 602 thanks for the information m.howarth.
17 /July /2014----21 :46 :16 - ashton in makerfield

Message 580 - robert williams | Robert~DOT~williams563~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Dave the retired Butcher just got my computer working will try and get up and see you this week.Bob
14 /July /2014----20 :27 :03 - Blackhall Colliery

Message 579 - Michelle George nee Light | Scooby~DOT~doo~AT~league2000~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Looking for photos of Low Colliery School. I went there as a child.many thanks.
10 /July /2014----20 :27 :20 - Cleveland

Message 578 - m howarth
To Syl Bennet
The Arthur and Eva you spoke about may have been called Newby.
Hope this helps
9 /July /2014----16 :46 :27

Message 577 - Ken dodds | kdne12~AT~aol~DOT~com
Dave - thanks for your help. Will have to have a visit to seaham in the near future.i note there was a survivor of the 1880 disaster called Thomas dodds but not sure if it is the same man as no age was given in reports
He would have been about 16 at the time
He had a son who married an Elizabeth aikenhead from seaham in 1909. They lived with her father and family at west street seaham on 1911 census
Is west street still standing
Many thanks
Ken
9 /July /2014----11 :24 :58 - Newcastle

Message 576 - Ken Dodds | kdne12~AT~aol~DOT~com
Hi
I am trying to find some info regarding my great grandfather who was manager of the Londonderry hotel (1901 census ) And the kings arms north terrace (1911 census )

His name was Thomas Dodds and I am wondering if you have any idea of the dates he was at each pub for
Also appear to be missing his daughter Isabella who was under 1 on the 1901 census but no trace of her on 1911 one
Any idea where I can go to check for any death details for her
Thanks
Ken
8 /July /2014----15 :33 :40 - Newcastle

Comment:   Ken, I can find a Thomas Dodds, landlord of the King's Arms from some time between 1902 and 1910 until some time between 1934 and 1938.
Isabel Dodds, daughter of Thomas was buried at Princess Rd Cemetery on 15th August 1901 aged 5 months.
Dave Angus

Message 575 - Syl Bennett | sylviab~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Love this site, my sister and I had a visit to seaham a few weeks ago, it was great I had not been back for 50yrs.I am trying to find my mother's ancestors. Her mother was marie reveley born 1883.It was only after we returned home , that we were told her family are buried in christ church seaham.I have checked parish records but nothing recorded. Any help would be great fully appreciated. Thanks syl
6 /July /2014----16 :16 :21 - ashton in makerfield

Message 574 - Syl Bennett | sylviab~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Thanks for the comment just wish I knew their surname.while I was in durham 2wks ago I managed to find out that my mam's mother's name was Marie Reveley if anyone knows anyone with this surname I would be very grateful.thanks again fabulous site.
4 /July /2014----17 :51 :46 - ashton in makerfield

Comment:   In the 60's to 1971 I worked at Seaham Co-op and there was a girl Name of Dot Revely worked in one of the deparments I think it may have been the shoe department she married a man whose surname was Porteous

Message 573 - Syl Bennett | sylviab~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi I'm trying to find out if the daughters of arthur and eva.they lived in duke street in 50s/60s their names are linda and norma.i am uncle jack's niece my mum and dad were joe and jenny.
1 /July /2014----19 :12 :48 - ashton in makerfield

Comment:   It would help if you were to put the Surnames of the people you are trying to locate then if anyonewho visits the guest book knows them they could pass message on

Message 572 - Lucy | lucytaylor1948~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Anyone visiting the Guest book we have a new addition to the site if you look over to the left you will see the link to TOMMY WW1 Soldier and this group is working in conjunction with Mission 1101 trying to collect funds so that this Sculpture can be bought and stay in Seaham any donation will be much appreciated. (On the page there is a link to see photographs of Tommy taken by Keith )
17 /June /2014----15 :58 :08 - Seaham

Message 571 - Therese Guy | thereseguy~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Photo GW 200 re, Bob & Noni Ditchburn wedding 1950

Message for Ann Hanson - Unfortunately both NonI &Bob Ditchburn have passed away in Australia. I am incontact with one of their daughters, and can pass on information. She has seen the photo and confirmed it is her parents.
16 /June /2014----17 :16 :25 - Cumbria.

Comment:   I have sent this message in a private email to Ann in case she has not been on site

Message 570 - Diane Checkley | Dianecheckley~AT~outlook~DOT~com
My maiden name is Mackey, daughter of Tom (colliery manager), granddaughter of Thomas (colliery manager).
My mothers maiden name was Gilmore, daughter of Sydney (butcher)
15 /June /2014----08 :54 :46 - Newcastle

Message 569 - Peter John McThune | pjmcthune~AT~msn~DOT~com
Hi just found this site through mij daughter she lives in South Hetton I am still Reading the letters. I was born in Seaham Alfred street then moved to Ceder crescent and letter Horthorn cottages maried and lived in South hetton had a good life in South hetton.
I live now in Nederland 35 years and this is my home I live in Hoorn not far from Amsterdam
I would like to get in contact with old school friends Camden Square school and my Nick name was Thoony. Im also in Facebook
8 /June /2014----09 :57 :39 - Hoorn, Nederland

Comment:   Hi there Peter you may not remember me but I remember you I too went to Camden Square
My maiden Name was Lucy Chambers I spent a lot of time at Parkside and was friends with Margy Johnson I will be in the Netherlands from 25th June for a few days
Visiting friends in Weert.
we also have a Facebook account :-https://www.facebook.com/groups/east.durham/


Message 568 - keith
I have had to remove the forum as there has been some technical issues , it will be restored soon.

Regards Keith.
27 /May /2014----21 :17 :53 - seaham

Message 567 - Moira clements. Nee burns | Clements704~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I would like to know if anyone remembers me , born in seaham lived in Malvern cres ,I went to sis was in form 4b , left school and worked in Hunters wallpaper shop in church st . I moved away and now live in Cumbria . My family live in Seaham and I visit Mam who lives in peterlee .
9 /May /2014----08 :18 :45 - Cumbria

Message 566 - Sally Kalantarian neeSwinney | Sarah~DOT~Kalantarian~AT~gmx~DOT~de
Would like to get in touch with Gillian Hall
We were in school together in Northlea and lost touch manyyears ago
She used to live in Murton and later Sunderland
If anyoneknows her wearabout i would be grateful
6 /May /2014----08 :27 :18 - Hamburg Germany

Message 565 - Mick Smith | mick~AT~homecookedrecords~DOT~com
Chip Monnick. Did I make the name up or is it from Seaham?
29 /April /2014----18 :19 :59 - France

Comment:   you are correct he is originally from Seaham..real name is David Monnick
Was a biker with Mosey bell and the
crowd from the 60s and 70s
Cheers
Keith

I always knew him as Chip (Dave) Monarch... Lucy ......https://www.facebook.com/chip.monarch?fref=ts this is Chips facebook addy

Message 564 - Julie Gibson | Juliegbsn~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Just wanted to say thanks for a fantastic site. As my great great grandfather had 16 children (that Ive found so far!) all born around the Seaham area I suspect I'm going to be a regular visitor here !
20 /March /2014----00 :06 :38 - stockton on tees

Message 563 - Derek Tempest | derek~DOT~tempest1~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I am seeking information on the Tempest Family who lived in Hawthorn Square about 1947, My farther was Thomas William Tempest. I believe my grand parents lived in 49, Hawthorn second off bottom house, There was a son Chuck Tempest who also lived in the square also a son in law Con Vickers they were all Royal Navy men. Hoping some one can give me information
Regards
Derek Tempest
16 /March /2014----17 :01 :59 - Peterlee

Message 562 - Brian Scollen | bscollen~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Message for Mr Muson, Re your question about the Musson family and ww1. A little more information about names would be very helpful. Brian
11 /March /2014----20 :02 :49 - Seaham

Message 561 - Ann Hansen | annmackem~AT~optusnet~DOT~com~DOT~au
I am hoping one of your readers can help. I am trying to trace any family of Caran Parkinson who lived in Station Ave Hetton le Hole. She would now be around 52 years old. She emigrated to Australia in the 1980s. The information I have is that Caran was a hairdresser and she married an Alan Morgan,. they had a daughter called Nicola Caran. It is believed that Alan Morgan died in an accident and believe that was in Australia. he was a breeder of dogs. Im helping a very old friend of Carans to try and find her and hopefully if there is still family in Hetton le Hole that may be able to help us find her. We would be grateful for any help. from Ann Hansen
4 /March /2014----04 :46 :46 - Tweed Heads Austrlia

Message 560 - Michael Collins | mikecollins~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Many thanks for the hard work in creating this website.
3 /March /2014----11 :08 :16 - Coalville, Leics

Message 559 - Edward McCabe | edsurf58~AT~aol~DOT~com
Message for Brian Scollen.

Hi I am tracing my family tree and our family's cross paths, My great great Grandfather was Patrick McCabe who was married to Mary Rose Scollen.

Regards

Ed McCabe
20 /February /2014----20 :45 :20 - Lymington, Hants

Message 558 - janet jefferies | janetjefferies57~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I am looking for information on Sisters of Mercy Ryhope where my grandmother Jenny Hanlon was sent in the late 1890's after her parents died. Any photos would be wonderful. She also had 2 brothers Joseph and Henry but I have no idea what happened to them.
17 /February /2014----13 :53 :59 - London

Message 557 - Keith
Just a bit advice

I have noticed that visitors are asking questions on the guestbook and getting replies. Some are making reference to other posts in the guestbook and cross referencing.we have a forum for such things and it will make your use of this site far easier if you were to use the forum as this is why it was put there.

However if you prefer to do it this way please continue. But please remember its much easier to follow threads on the forum as opposed to here in the guestbook
17 /February /2014----01 :00 :10 - seaham

Message 556 - Ian Thirlwell | fh~DOT~thirlwell~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
George, there's a Martin Tempest Watson born Sacriston, age 12, in the 1911 census. Is this your granddad? The brothers' names match, and there are six, not five brothers!
13 /February /2014----22 :49 :46 - Portsmouth

Message 555 - george robinson | george~DOT~robinson716~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
re.martin tempest watson sacriston mothers name alice fathers name thomas a pit deputy my grandad martin had five brothers 1. william.g 2.thomas3.john.r 4.james.w 5 grandad.martin tempest 6 frank.g his father thomas born in stanley but no referance anywhere about him help anyone please
10 /February /2014----12 :31 :45 - doncaster

Message 554 - Liz Maddock | lizmaddock~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Ref. Message 519.
Hi Su,
I'm a bit foggy about details but I had a relative (Great-great - Aunt?) called Olive Thomson who had a husband known as Jack. I believe that my grandmother was a Schmeichen so it seems to tie up. Olive lived in Whitley Bay close to her sister Elizabeth, known as 'Tizzy' . Does this sound familiar to you?
10 /February /2014----09 :24 :48 - Sevilla, Spain

Message 553 - alan plummer | alan~DOT~plummer~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
now living in east kent after time n the army 25 years and 18 years working for the Royal British Legion.I left seaham in 1955 for nat service.I wonder if any of my mates from our teenage years are still around.If so i would like to hear from them.
6 /February /2014----14 :41 :18 - Nr.Margate Kent

Message 552 - John Routledge | john~AT~apexconstruction~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Would be interested in hearing from people who remember me
29 /January /2014----17 :55 :48 - United Kingdom

Comment:   It may help people if you were to give your age/schools you attended as there were a few Routledge familys on Seaham

Message 551 - Joan Nicholls | Joan~DOT~nic~AT~fsmail~DOT~net
looking for old friend.Valarie O'Connor.lived in Tees street, Seaham Co Durham.my grandma was mrs McGrath who lived in Henry Street,seaham.I used to visit for the 6 weeks school holidays,and became friends with Valarie.I lived in the west midlands,still do.have great memories of the O'Connor family.I heard she may have gone to live in Canada,not sure.anyone able to help would appreciate it.
26 /January /2014----16 :09 :55 - Stourbridge,west midlands

Comment:   Yes they Moved to Canada and I vagueley remember the McGrath family

Message 550 - Mick Smith | mick~AT~homecookedrecords~DOT~com
Is that a new front end on the site?
Nice image and a nice change.!
15 /January /2014----19 :09 :53 - France

Comment:   Yes Mick it is the New look

Message 549 - neal chip carver | chipcarverlondon~AT~gmail~DOT~com
From seaham now london alrite to anyone who remembers me also anyone got man u away ticket lol ftm chip carver from the harbour
14 /January /2014----19 :12 :40 - london

Message 548 - Anne Wilson | awilson645~AT~comcast~DOT~net
Brilliant site. Just finished reading Up The Ladder. Once I started I could not stop reading!
9 /January /2014----19 :40 :19 - Oregon USA

Message 547 - Keith
we are having a few issues with parts of the photograph gallery and hope to have this sorted ASAP

Regards
Keith (admin)
4 /January /2014----12 :58 :34 - seaham

Message 546 - Brian Slee | brian~DOT~slee1~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
John Holland - I have a copy 1897 map of Ryhope and it shows Taylor Street west from the Toll Bar, I'll try and scan it for you later so you can have an image of the map area. I'll check my postcards and images of Ryhope but doubt I'll have any showing Taylor Street as I would have sent copies to Dave for this site.
Good luck in your request.
I'll attach the scan and send via your email.
Brian
1 /January /2014----20 :53 :00 - Seaham

Message 545 - John Holland | JHoll49642~AT~aol~DOT~com
Happy New Year, I am looking for my father,s family, he lived in Ryhope, but his family came from Seaham. He had three sisters Kitty, Peggy and Molly.
Also can anyone tell me where Taylor Street was in Ryhope, and are there any photos.
Cheers
1 /January /2014----20 :11 :23 - Rochdale

Message 544 - Frederick Gordon | fkg~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I have spent a long time viewing this grand site and it can be considered to be the definitive history of the proud town of Seaham. May I wish the contributors and custodians of the site the compliments of the Season and a healthy and prosperous 2014
30 /December /2013----05 :32 :36 - Sunderland

Message 543 - john mccormack | johnmccormack3~AT~sky~DOT~com
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Harbour folk and anyone who remambers me.
Please ask Dave if he still has my cricket photo of Dawdon CWCC in 1967 as it has never appeared on the site.
Always a Harbour lad.
19 /December /2013----17 :07 :27 - harrogate

Message 542 - g.robinson | george~DOT~robinson716~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
re.martin tempest watson he was born 1899 worked at vane tempest colliery I was told he helped to sink the shaft but cannot verify that
19 /December /2013----12 :20 :44 - doncaster

Message 541 - Jean Armfield | jean~DOT~armfield~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
A very Happy Christmas to all my friends in Seaham. Jean.
16 /December /2013----12 :52 :34 - United Kingdom

Message 540 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
To all who visit this Guest Book I wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New
16 /December /2013----11 :24 :17 - Seaham

Message 539 - Jack Fraser | louisee88~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Dave, do you remember me? We were in the same class at the SMS
15 /December /2013----21 :15 :34 - Derbyshire

Message 538 - george robinson | george~DOT~robinson716~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
tried to find my grandads family he was christened martin tempest watson born in sacriston co durham had five brothers went to seaham for work he was the son of thomas watson born in stanley but i can't find any reference there help anyone thank you
27 /November /2013----13 :40 :46 - doncaster

Comment:   Maybe you could add some dates to this message and narrow it down. I myself had an uncle by the name of Edward (Ted) Watson he lived in Henry Street Seaham in the 50's and 60's I do not know where his family originated, he was married to my maternal grandmothers Sister Dora Hindmarch

Message 537 - Michael Cole | tatchleybooks~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I imagine Norman Kirtlan has kept you informed of my emails to him, regarding a Victorian album in my possession, originally belonging to Ellen Pemberton [b.1857].
I sent him a photograph of a strange looking mansion, probably taken c.1870, which exactly corresponds with one he sent me. He identified it as Pemberton House or Hall, Bishopwearmouth. which is indeed where I though Ellen lived.
How much do i need to tell you? The census for 1871 shows the Pembertons at Hawthorn Tower.
13 /November /2013----16 :54 :48 - Cheltenham, Glos

Message 536 - Bill Reynoldson | bill~AT~carlos-fandango~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I would like to contact. Ian Walker we were both crew members on SS Hendrik and tanker MV. Athellaird 1962/3 I don't know where Ian lived in Seaham. We met up through friends /Workmates when I was at Murleys Bakery. I was living in Ryhope then
12 /November /2013----19 :57 :44 - Pickering North Yorks

Message 535 - Robert Harrison | rwharrison~AT~fsmail~DOT~net
Just a word of thanks to Brian Scollen, for his time and effort in
showing us and explaining all the work and effort in bringing back
the George Elmy to Seaham. Those of us who lived in Seaham
on that fatefull day will never forget the disaster.
3 /November /2013----18 :31 :10 - Heathfield East Sussex.

Message 534 - jim hebden | mary~DOT~hebden~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
i am trying to do my family tree my mothers name was alice lincoln and she lived in seventh street horden she had a bother named fred his father was allso called fred and her mother was called sarah. so if any body called lincoln and think they maybe some relation i would love to here from you.all the best. jim hebden.
31 /October /2013----20 :57 :11 - whitby north yorkshire

Comment:   Jim I Have a number of People on another site who live in Horden so I have put a request out for information .You may also like to go to this group page where there are at least two people of the name LIncoln who lived in Horden :-https://www.facebook.com/groups/37053937468/members/?order=default&query=lincoln

Message 533 - Jean Thirtle Searson | jeanexbrit~AT~aol~DOT~com
I was born in Seaham Harbour in 1941, my parents were John Dixon Thirtle and Georgina Johnston Thirtle. I know I have relatives still there but have lost touch with them. My fathers brother was George Thirtle of Dawdon Colliery and his wife's name was Hannah, they had two daughters, Audrey and Olive, if anyone knows their whereabouts, please contact me, would love to hear either about them or from them.
22 /September /2013----17 :38 :54 - Simpsonville, SC, USA

Message 532 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris Temple
I have not yet found the photo I would love to see it myself I am also on the Seaham Harbour guestbook I found out off someone off there and my mam confirmed it, I have been searching on google and other sources would be amazing to find it.
Thank you so much for all your help I really appreciate it
22 /September /2013----07 :24 :19 - Peterlee

Message 531 - Ruth | blonde~DOT~roots~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Interesting to see so many messages on here from people who are descended from George Scott b1806 and Elizabeth Halliday b1808. They are my great great great grandparents too as my family line comes through their daughter Elizabeth Scott b1834 who married Thomas Partis Haswell.

Ruth
20 /September /2013----19 :24 :05 - Nottingham

Message 530 - Chris Temple | divechris~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Michelle, I have asked a old friend at the dive club to ask old members if they were friends of your dad or uncle Ian and to look on this site . If I get any contacts I will let you know. Where did you find photo ? I would like to see it. regards Chris
20 /September /2013----18 :10 :51 - Scotland

Message 529 - Colin Shaw | shawsyftm73~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hello Dave at east durham history. this site is a credit to you,and all who help in it. just wondering if you would be intrested in my grandfathers and his brothers fight records for your sporting section. They were all boxers from Seaham, and had write ups in the sunderland echo. they were the Devlin brothers. Andy was my Grand father. if you would be intrested please contact me by email. thanks again. and keep up the good work.
15 /September /2013----07 :55 :32 - Seaham

Comment:   Thanks Colin, I knew one of the Devlin brothers and his wife years ago, really nice people. They were very friendly with my father too.
I will contact you by email.
Dave

Message 528 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris Temple

Hi Chris I have recently found out that my uncle Ian was in the newspapers, he had been diving and came across an old cargo ship he found a really old Newcastle brown ale bottle and was photographed with it but his face was covered but his name was mentioned. If you have any info on this please get back to me.
Thanks
11 /September /2013----12 :16 :14 - Peterlee

Message 527 - Brian Slee | brian~DOT~slee1~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Keith, this Luddite (as you called me!) is now liking it, I've come off the fence! Thank you.
8 /September /2013----01 :00 :19 - Seaham

Message 526 - Seaham lass | f~DOT~burgin~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
How neat the side bar looks much easier to use brill.
18 /August /2013----17 :30 :59 - Houghton-le-Spring

Message 525 - Jack Barrow | jackbarrow54~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I prefer the New Navigation much better to find what you want ,every thing is at hand . click on a menu and pick form the list easy

Ps Great Site Thank you
16 /August /2013----18 :37 :40 - SEAHAM

Message 524 - mick maratty | m~DOT~maratty~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
any photos of pupils from st mags or st josephs from 1950 onwards , thanks
15 /August /2013----15 :39 :05 - brighton

Comment:   If you click the (search this site Link at the left then type in GW 096 it will take you to a photogragh of pupils from ST Josephs from that era

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