From: Mena ODonnell
Where from: London
Message: My great grandfather, Joseph Hodge worked in the shipbuilding as he is listed in the 1911 census living at #9 Blythe street hyltons’land parish of Ford /Ryhope. I wonder if there are any records available from the ship yard as his son, Charles Aarron also worked there who would be my granduncle. I may have cousins there? Originally in RN and went to Ireland as coastguard?
Reply: Hello Mena and thank you for your e-mail and also your message on our Guest Page. Unfortunately we hold no such records and therefore cannot help you in this instance. The only thing that may, I repeat MAY, be available is if there are any such records at the Tyne & Wear Museum at Blandford Street, Newcastle.
From: Barbara & Roy Crowhurst-Middleton
Where from: Scotland
Message: Find your site most interesting as Roy is a direct descendant of John Dawson (Low Ford Pottery etc) his branch of the family moving away from Sunderland in the 1850’s. The Dawson’s were married to the Lakins, Moores,(one being twice Mayor of Sunderland) Gales,& Laws, plus a few more interesting families of that time in Durham and Yorkshire.
From: Gordon Greenley
Where from: Staffordshire
Message: I lived in South Hylton from 1950 to 1962, in Evesham, and attended all three schools. David Marshall left a message in the guest book in October 2008 and I would be pleased if he would contact me. Also, anyone else who can remember me (I was mates with Bernard Hope and Peter Ralph). My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Elaine Dykes
Where from: Nottingham
Message: This is a wonderful site – Congratulations to all involved. I have been researching my Great Grandfather John Royal Wake born 1884 and his parents William and Alice (1859 onwards); William’s parents John and Mary Ann Wake (1837 onwards); John’s parents Thomas and Ann Wake (1813 onwards). So quite a history linked with South Hylton. I was delighted to find one branch of the family tree on your site too.
If anyone has any information about any of these generations or indeed about the Free Gardeners Arms, Cliff Street, Ford where I believe the Wake family lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries I would be pleased to hear from you. Thank you.
Reply: Hello Elaine and thank you for your message on our Guest Page. We are due out a Newsletter within the next month so will publish your request there. We have attached a copy (albeit not so clear) of the Free Gardeners Arms.
With best wishes
Doug Scrafton – Secretary
From: Craig Robbins
Where from: Ford
Message: RE: Post from Josie Davidson 24/06/08 – Crosby Gray was actually born in Botany Bay at Fatfield, near to where the Victoria Viaduct stands today – the “Australia” next to his name in the 1881 census is actually incorrect and I doubt he ever went there. He was born about 1812, was baptised at Washington parish church on 30 May 1813, and his parents were George Gray and Ann.
I hope this helps.
From: Joyce Jukes (nee Hopper)
Where from: Hunwick, County Durham
Message: Nice to look back so many happy memories very good site.
From: Becky Harland
Where from: South Hylton
Message: i am a teenager of South Hylton, i love the village i couldn’t help but notice the “then and now” section needs to be updated. very good web site its very interesting to see photographs of places were me and my friends go hundreds of years before. i agree that the village is not a close as it was years before. i am a member of girl guides and youth club i am proud to be but the is little mention of the groups/activities going on in the village. yes i agree show the past but show more of the future. but other than those few points great web site.
From: Richard Bulch
Where from: London
Message: I have just received the DVD and the latest publications With Hylton in mind Volume 1 together with this years calendar from the society and would encourage any visitors to the site who have a connection to buy the items that are for sale as they are firstly well put together and secondly are great value for money, its good also to see updates on the site.
From: Walter Dowsett
Where from: Kent
Message: Pleased to see time taken to record village history thank you