This illustration features in ‘Davie Armstrong’, a novel by Miss Wilhelmina Martha James who wrote under the name of Austin Clare. It was published at an unknown date by the SPCK, the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. The artist ‘AWC’ could be Wilhelmina herself, combining her real name with her nom-de-plume to make Austin Wilhelmina Clare. The book, incidentally, was once No.38 in Garrigill Church Library.
Coll. AMHS. A quiet day in Alston.
L>R The Vicarage garden, Town Hall, Jacob Walton memorial, Townfoot. The King's Arms Hotel with its Cyclists' Touring Club plaque and the Angel Inn- with dormer window in place.
Posted in 1920
Coll. AMHS. Lattimer Storey is still in the "central' building- advertising "Genuine Horse & Cattle Medicines ' around an outstanding mortar & pestle. He also lists himself as a "Chemist and Druggist" with "Licensed Dealer for coffee, tobacco &c as well as Licenced Game Dealer, (obscured by a banner in this image).
A woman takes a momentary look out of the first floor window. She looks ghost-like.
In the centre of the singing group a man blows into a wind instrument. Three banners swash around in the wind.
This looks like an image by Thomas Bramwell, "Watchmaker and Optican" whose shop is shuttered- probably a Sunday. The mounting resembles several know images of his.
Above Bramwell's shop is Millican's- with a boot scraper on its steps, and two doors higher up is Hugh Walton's ironmongers with its sticky-out window. Below the photographer's the Black Bull seems to be open- "Joseph Teasdale- licenced Retailer of Ales, Spirits &c." He wasn't the last landlord of the Black Bull- that was Mr. Dowson who ran it with his common-law wife, (acc Peter Wilkinson).
NB the part cobbled pathway & high kerbstones.
There's a pigeon loft high up in Pigeon Lonnen- to the left.
Some of the boys wear Glengarries and berets with pompoms- under Storey's door for example. These were in -style at the time von Dix took his photographs at Leadgate school- in 1879. Almost all the women are clad entirely in black- following Queen Victoria's example.
Image from prior to 1898- when Barclay's Bank acquired H Walton's premises or their own purposes.
Coll. AMHS F Frith coloued printed postcard- unposted.
Shows view from the Tynehead Road, Garrigill over to Ashgill
Coll. AMHS. Beautifully tinted postcard- photgrpher unknown posted from Garrigill in 1916.
Shows Beldy Chapel- (Methodist), Beldy Cottages and Low House Farm, Garrigill
Coll. AMHS. Overprinted greetings card sent to Winnie Snowdon from her Aunt Nellie Snowdon of Clara St, Benwell in 1919.
Coll. AMHS. The Hundy, Upper Front Street, Alston. Verso read:"With kindest regards and best wishes for Christmas and New Year from J?M & RW Dale. Mablethorpe. Billy took this photograph during our stay in Alston. We thought you'd like one." Presented as a calendar for 1958- signed R W Dale(s).
Coll. AMHS. View of Garrigill Green. Shows J W Miilican as landlord of the George & Dragon Hotel.Printed postcard carrying Garrigill postmark
The South Tyne running through Garrigill, Hugh Walton of Alston photo. Coll AMHS ex Don Middleton plates. A concrete raft put in place ca1940 made fording here safer. The houses at top R. once referred to as "Late and Soon" /"Leat 'n Seun"(The cottages were worked on by miners, both before and after work.)
Now back to "Pasture Houses".
Snappergill farm buildings to the far L.
Coll. AMHS. AM 350A
Hugh Walton's idyllic view of The Firs, Alston- before the estate or modern YHA were built , or thought of...
Coll. AMHS. This image bears many siilarities to the work of Hugh Walton of Alston, (HWA). He often depicted groups on outdoor stairways and balconies and let people's dignity show in what could be 'rough' surroundings.
A mixed group on a brick-built outdoor staircase. L>R at the lower level- an Italian-looking delivery lad carries a basket of bottles beside 3 old ladies wearing pinafores and two others not, (& neither do the latter wear hats- it's not a very formal gathering. Only five of the ten depicted aappear to be giving much heed to the photographer!
Up the stairs, a girl and several women- some looking askance. On the top step a wonderfully behatted woman holds a child- a girl or unbreeched boy- while two serious-looking older girls also focus on the camera.- unlike the telegram/post boy who looks out of the scene but hangs on to his supply of letters.
On the top step is a fine display of mineral samples from the mines
Posted in August 1907.
Coll. AMHS. St Paul's Sunday Schoolrooms, built in 1933.
Coll. AMHS. A crisp photographic postcard- unsent- of St Joh's Church, Garrigill
Coll. AMHS from the Now & Then exhibition ca 1982. Prints courtesy Noel Faulkener from the Don Middleton collection.
St. John the Evangelist church, Garrigill. Extensively modified after 1890, ("Too late as usual, compared with the Methodists"), this image could be as early as the 1870's. Trees now abound within and around the church.
Dodbury/dodbery in view to R.
Coll. AMHS. Wallace's Series tinted printed postcard- taken prior to the building of Vicarage Terrace. Unposted.
Shows St John's Church & Vicarage
Coll. AMHS. Modern contact print from a glass plate- of a softer style than early von Dix & Smedley examples.
Coll. AMHS. Modern contact print from a glass plate- of a softer style than early presumed von Dix & Smedley examples. Out of focus.
Coll. AMHS. Modern contact print from a probable von Dix & Smedley glass plate.
Coll. AMHS. Modern contact print from a glass plate- od a softer style than early von Dix & Smedley examples. An unusual relatively close-up portrait. The sitter appears to be close to a light coloured wall. Slightly out of focus
Coll. AMHS. Military maanoeuvers on Middle Fell. An officer walks in front of medical orderlies. Horses graze to the right, they've managed to get a cart up the hill- nearby is a medical post/flag.
Opposite is Park Fell- almost all the farms are whitewashed.