Posted by Don Scott on June 25, 2020, 5:06 pm
There is always plenty to do in Lockdown and plenty of time to do it. Margaret has spring cleaned a number of times and today she was giving the bathroom another going over. Some items in there were part of all the worldly goods that were left to me in my grandmothers will when she died in Harton Hospital (early 1970s). At that very time I was doing a 3 month detachment to RAF Bahrain so I was in a pickle. By the time I was able to sort myself out I was left with the keys to her bungalow (Queens Cres.) and nowhere to store things. We managed to choose a few pieces to remember her by but the rest we left to the Council. It would not surprise me if some of her beautiful furniture was redistributed and still rattling around in Hebburn somewhere. |
My grandmother, Elizabeth Oswald Kirtley, affectionately known to her friends and neighbours as 'Lizzie' was born in Spittle, Northumberland, and destined to become a kind of mother to me when I went to live with her in Arthur Street from 1940 until 1956. She was also destined to lose both of her sons, killed in action during WW2 (1944). As a matter of interest her eldest son, Bob, who died in the sinking of HMS Penelope, had a wife 'Bessie' (nee Wyatt) at home in Brancepeth Road, almost slap bang in the middle of that long gone place we have often talked about here... The Square.
The photos below are just some of the items left to me which is part of a bathroom set, now sadly missing its basin...yes! I dropped it some years ago. Not being an expert in pottery I would guess they are older than me because I remember them from earlier times on a wash stand which was kept in one of the bedrooms at 44 Arthur Street. They include the jug, three piece soap basin and tooth brush? holder. I have included a close up of the potter's mark on the jug bottom. The only print that I can make out is the central motif...ERC?..and the words on the lower part which read STOKE ON TRENT with ENGLAND below. Budding sleuths might like to guess at what to top part says.
Sadly, I have to scrape around these days to say anything about old Hebburn that I haven't said already, a dozen times or more.