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Re: Red Barns at the south end of Mill Lane
After WWII the army moved out and the deserted huts were occupied by what was known as squatters. These were civilians who were living in overcrowded conditions, often with their parents or in laws. Usually these were people from the Hedworth, Jarrow and Hebburn areas. The accepted practice was to place an item of furniture in a hut to stake a claim. After a while Boldon Urban District Council adopted the scheme and made improvements to the huts to make them more habitable,installing toilets etc. This scheme lasted only a few years as the harsh winter of 1947 forced many out.
Among the families who lived there for a while were the following families, Connor, Edgar, Flynn,Glazebrook, Graham, Hann, Hayes, Holder, Leadbeater, Lewis, Lovatt, Mullen, Murphy, O'Connor, Pearson, Siegel and Welsh. I can remember helping some of the families to move in.
I do'nt think that this would be allowed today.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org