Blackhall

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Building the coast road, the steam roller is shown where a dene was filled in, it was known as Blue House Gill. Caption from Bob Williams

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Crimdon Holiday Camp, Easington RDC put these tents up for hire in the 1950s The Labour Govenment made hundreds of these for South Africa after the war, the South Africans said they were too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter months, so they were sold to quite a few resorts as they had a few thousand left over, they had 2 double bunks, a table and 4 chairs an oil burning cooker with one electric light, people used to hire them from May until September, quite a few people from Wingate, Thornley and Shotton lived in them all the summer and travelled to work from them, people from Scotland came down by train to Hart Station for one or two weeks, they used to call it Scotch week when they arrived, Happy Days. Photograph and caption from Bob Williams

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Crimdon Holiday Camp in the 1950s

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Looking north across Crimdon Park Holiday camp to Blackhall and Horden. In this photograph you can clearly see Blackhall Aerial Flight. The farm on the bottom left is Crimdon House Farm, you can follow the railway line over Crimdon Viaduct up to Horden Colliery You can also see the Coast Road which opened in 1925 all the way to Horden, there is no sign of Peterlee on this photo. When Blackhall Colliery was working before they put the coast road through if a man was badly injured they would stop any train that had a guards van on it to take the injured person to Hartlepool St Hilda's Hospital, the only other way was to get the horse drawn ambulance which had to go to Castle Eden then along the old A19 to Hart then down the old road to Old Hartlepool. Photograph and caption from Bob Williams

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Huts on the banks before WW2, many miners lived in huts and tents at Crimdon as there was no housing available at the time. Caption from Bob Williams

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