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Red Barns Farm
During the 1930s to 1960s the farm belonged to the Harrison family and my father was a friend from school days of farmer Winton Harrison.It was a mixed farm of about 80 acres but with 2 sheds for battery hens(in the 1950s.) I have happy memories of visiting in the 50s - coming home with eggs- and on one occasion being allowed to have a go at milking the one and only cow - kept for their own milk.
The remains of the AA battery were still much in evidence then with quite a lot of the high wooden fencing still in place and I think it was still commandeered by the War Office.In those days we had to walk all the way to the main Shields road and then head for Whitemare Pool before turning off up the farm track - it would have been so much quicker to have been able to reach the house from Mill Lane. My Mam used to talk of having visited during the war and sheltering in a 'Morrison'(or table) air raid shelter while the tea cups bounced around with the vibration of the guns.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org